There is no airline that will allow for an almost empty flight. They will cancel it and rebook you to a smaller plane. Why fly over a handful passengers and accept the cost of a large plane? We think it's time that you start managing your workplaces like airplane seats. Not possible? With office occupancy insight and certainty of available workplaces it is. You can read how to do that here.
An office building in Amsterdam. Another in Den Bosch and a smaller annex in Arnhem. Are your desks scattered over different locations? And are you looking for a way to efficiently manage occupancy with an opportunity to reduce costs? Then combine all desks, rooms and offices into one virtual workspace ...
Workspace improvement begins simply by redefining what's there. You do not have a building with ten workplaces in Den Bosch and another with a lot of desks in Amsterdam. Instead, you have one workspace that happens to be spread over different locations.
Making the most of space
Our idea is that one workspace – the virtual combination of all workstations, instead of a collection of offices, generates the opportunity for optimal use of workspace. Moreover, you offer your users with a wider range of choices. The virtual office information allows everyone to make better choices; where to work, when to work, at what kind of desk or in which room. It also provides immediate insight in the actual occupancy and buffer levels. Across offices to everyone.
Sounds logical...but do I not exclude people this way?
No you don’t. In all fairness, before offering a virtual workspace you do. As staff that is in the position to come in early occupy the best or at least their preferred desk. Distant commuters, parents or evening persons on the other hand have less chance to do so.
Our customers do experience some turmoil, the moment a level playing field arises among staff following the start of using iotspot. However, when these companies persevere and offer the mix of all available workplaces, the increased room for manoeuvring and workplace certainty is perceived as a welcome improvement among users.
How does it work?
In the morning, during breakfast, people check the app and see the current availability of desks across the workspace. Favourites can be checked and free desks can be searched for a preferred location. If a spot is found that suits you, you can ‘book’ it as from the time you will most probably arrive up to the time you plan to leave. If you do not find a suitable spot, you decide accordingly; work from home or check in at another location.
Attractive and cost efficient
Yes, iotspot is attractive to the employee. But above all, it is a platform that gives the Facility and Property Manager maximum room to manoeuvre. Workspace efficiency can be further enhanced by ‘peak shaving’ and reducing volume. The occupancy and utilisation information tells you how and what and shows you the impact of your changes over time. And that same information can in the near future be used for predictive procurement of utilities and catering services. In short, it helps you manage the workspace and save costs. Want to know more? Please feel free to contact us or visit our website.
Do you cater for a possible peak in workplace utilization? Is your office occupancy below 70%? Then you are part of large group of companies that opts for a safe buffer. An expensive buffer that is most often based on staff annoyance and at best a one-off observation of a peak day. In our 18 months of customer experiences, we have not seen 100% occupancy. Changing course to a higher staff to desks ratio (agility) seems opportune. Exciting…. here we tell you how you can do that.
In all fairness, do you know how often you have a peak in office occupancy beyond 85%? That is, less than 30 desks available in a 200-workplace office? Are these recurring or do they come as a surprise? Given our customer conversations and figures, we suspect most organisations do not have that insight and retain a buffer that is not supported by evidence. There is an alternative. Effective and efficient. Take on the route towards increased agility by providing real-time and location independent workplace availability information. We think in a lot of workspaces an agility of close to 50% can be achieved.
That is worth the pursuit, but how do I mitigate risks?
Our first question would be; what risks do you see? You start with your current situation, then generate office occupancy insight, share it with your users and guide them to available desks, redirect utilisation to low occupancy valleys and finally adjust office volume. Your users, all along the way, have 24/7 real-time availability information on their smartphone, with the opportunity to find and book free seats and search for colleagues. They are empowered with information and can decide themselves when and where to go to work. No one commutes to find a full office and in a joint effort you optimise your organisation’s workspace. For sure, we paint a rosy picture and resistance will come your way, but the status quo is at best uninformed and at worst unnecessary costly.
Do you get our drift?
You are more than welcome to respond to our drift or contact us for further dialogue: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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