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Optimize your spaces and
save money with space utilization data

If right-sizing your office spaces, minimizing carbon footprint, lowering your energy costs and minimizing risks on your lease commitments are on the agenda, you've come to the right page. Leasing decisions, workplace redesigns and office relocation projects all have costly consequences - so business cases based on facts and data are an essential part of the input for planning. Professional organizations collect data continuously, but those without data typically start by doing it on a project basis - at regular intervals across a year.

 

EG Optimaze offers two types of solutions for project-based space utilization studies.

Use battery-driven occupancy sensors, or our tablet-based observational tool Active for collecting data - or combine the two. Both methods automatically collect the data to visual dashboards and reports in our software.

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Occupancy sensors

  are best used for more continuous data sets, giving more precise utilization data in spaces with frequent situational changes. They are quick to install, and are non-intrusive.

 

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Observation 

  is an affordable and quick method for measuring the utilization rate of your workplace at peak hour use and for collecting data on work activities and group formation. This data collection method provides a more sample-based data set, a snapshot in time.

 

When just the data is enough - to start

When your organization isn't quite ready to use smart office solutions for sharing space, and workplace analytics is all you need - occupancy studies may be enough, for now. To make the case for change. There are at least 10 +1 reasons to measure office space utilization.

Our tools have been used to measure utilization rates in offices, hospitals, universities, schools and laboratories, among others. Although the 'new workplace' is not static anymore, and snapshots of space use don't give the full picture anymore, short-term measurement data can work well as a wake-up call for creating change.

Sensors can become the base for a smarter workplace

Introducing sensors to your spaces provides an easy and fast way to do more with real-time data than just collect workplace statistics. You can make the data actionable to space users, and help them make the best of it on a daily basis. EG Optimaze Worksense is a world-class smart office solution designed to serve two main purposes:

  • REAL ESTATE PROs get easily collected data for continuous workplace management and a digital channel for offering facility and hospitality services.
  • EMPLOYEES get a better workplace experience.

Worksense empowers choice for employees and supports sharing resources with real-time and booking data on available desks, rooms, parking spaces and more. Employers can promote flexible, hybrid and activity-based working while lowering real estate costs and carbon footprints. One smart office solution for making a better workplace experience, while easily collecting IoT data for continuous workplace management and improvement.

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Activity observation records how people work and use space

During the space utilization study, you can also gather real time data on the daily activities taking place in your organization. Combining workplace occupancy information with the activity observation results allows you to see how fit for purpose your workspaces actually are. You can then use these results to develop your work environment to better support daily work.   

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Get started on your journey toward a smarter workplace

Use our tools to collect the "hard data" on space utilization for your workplace analysis. The method and the duration of of data collection are some of the factors to consider, as are the availability of human resources. For any organization, we recommend to conduct at least four 1-month long space utilization study per year (one per season/quarter) to get a better picture of office use across the year.

  • Sensors: fast to install, non-intrusive, continuous data, no humans knocking on doors. Can easily scale up to a smart office solution to empower hybrid working and space sharing.
  • Observational walk through powered by tech: no devices to install, easy and fast setup, qualitative data on activities, granularity on group sizes, cost efficient, low tech. Resource intense.
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Bonus tip: "Part of the job is to facilitate lasting change in work culture - through engagement of people"

Many of our current Worksense smart office customers started their workplace journeys with building a business case for change, using space utilization studies and our software and sensor technology. But that's not all they did, before introducing shared work environments and smart office solutions. Workplace development is an evolution, a continuous process.

Here's what we know....

 

A business case is just a start: Involve your people to create change

Change can be hard - especially in the initial stages of change, when possibly needing to give up assigned desks or rooms, and begin sharing spaces and resources. So being part of planning change, through involvement in workshops and through surveys can give employees a voice and a feeling they have been heard. Workshops are good for building visions for the future ways of working and to design the intial set of new office guidelines and/or remote work policies.

By eg. conducting employee surveys, you can find out how your staff views their working environment and how satisfied they are with it, but also to gain an understanding of the various degrees of mobility different roles have or allow for. 

To win commitment, you need engagement. Methods include constant dialogue (eg. chats), workshops, surveys, feedback channels, voting, competitions, one- and 2-way communications, 1:1 talks, trainings, townhalls, buy-in workshops with the C-suite, site visits and benchmarking, suggestion boxes, process and policy development.

Our customers also collect information on things like:
  • Work profiles
  • Current and desired ways of working
  • Connectivity of different business units
  • Technologies used
  • Readiness for change, main obstacles and most important development needs 
  • Data to create a solid business case for the development project
  • A set of metrics to evaluate the success of the change
  • Commuting times, transportation options and costs
  • Possibilities to work from or near home (flex space availability)
  • Work from home set up needs (furniture, tech)

These are just some ideas you can do yourself, or together with workplace consultancies, many of whom use our tools too.

Listen to one of our customer stories from the early days of their workplace evolution, in the video below.