A Glimpse Into The Office of the Future
The future of office space faces many questions as everyone tries to speculate what the future holds. These last few months, the pandemic showed a painfully clear message: the need for flexibility in the office. We’ve also learned that an organizations’ inability to respond in time puts them at great risk. The only solution that comes to mind is smart building technology.
Smart building solutions, such as PointGrab, are a user-friendly tool for real estate executives and a cool new toy for employees so that both are ready for building-wide adjustments on the fly. Providing your employees with tools that help automate employee services and optimize their time at work is like letting them unwrap all of their gifts on Christmas Eve. Many employees miss the office setting and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to gradually come back. It’s time to show them how.
No time to waste, let’s see how smart buildings help us create flexible, safe, and better office space.
The need for a flexible workplace
A truly flexible workplace can accommodate employees’ and managers’ changing needs immediately. A survey of 126 senior-level global real estate executives provided a glimpse into the future of office space. One such insight showed that 70% of real estate executives plan to allow most employees to work remotely part-time.
This insight coincides with employees’ expectations of a flexible workplace. One that provides a better work-life balance without losing productivity. So, how can organizations manage this new need for flexibility for hundreds of employees at the same time? As always, the future of office work is a smart “employee”.
How do you create a flexible workplace?
Since the current issue is maintaining a healthy occupancy to density ratio, while maximizing office use and keeping everyone healthy, the only logical solution is switching to smart buildings. Here’s a glimpse into what the future of office holds. Essentially, it’s like recruiting an “employee” who boosts operations and optimizes every inch of your office while saving you money and giving you insights into the true needs of employees and managers without ever having to ask them.
This employee happens to be a platform combining sensors and analytical insights, one that human employees can interact with happily. Tasks like booking desks and meeting rooms will be similar to booking your movie ticket. The platform gets data from the sensors around the office, letting other employees know what seats and meetings are free, even if occupants are not moving.
It’s also smart enough to remove no show bookings, so your space is used 100% of the time. The same principle is applied for other employee services, such as cafeteria and gym lines. By using anonymous people counters, employees can see how long lines are and can optimize their usually very short breaks.
Smart buildings help us create a better, safer, flexible office space. Smart buildings also put you in the pilot seat, controlling the buildings’ occupancy, density, and usage from one computer dashboard.
When need meets simple integration
The need for a flexible workplace has finally crossed paths with the ability to implement it quickly, bringing us closer to the office of the future. PointGrab has helped organizations like Deloitte optimize its UK HQ simply by integrating seamless sensors that gather anonymous data.
The platform basically paid for itself when Deloitte made an alarming discovery that at least 50% of its office space was unused at any given time. Once realized, Deloitte was finally able to realize long-overdue plans for new hires and business expansions.
Hundreds of organizations around the world are losing revenue for the same reason. It’s because they haven’t used the tools that provide these golden insights. Many companies assume observing office space gives a sufficient indication of office occupancy.
PointGrab is disproving this claim time and time again. In a time that requires financial responsibility, organizations must switch to the office of the future now so they are ready for the next unexpected thing.
The future of office space is not really in technology. That has been around for a while and has been perfected to allow ultimate workplace flexibility. The future of office space is already here. Adopting this technology will put you ahead of the game in office space optimization and save you a few down the line. You’re only a few clicks away from the office of the future.