This blog is part of our ‘Sensors 101’ series for workplace teams.
Particularly after the disruption caused by COVID-19, organizations want more and more relevant data about how their real estate is being used. Is their office space efficient enough? Could they reduce their overheads by downsizing or redesigning parts of their workspace? And how will the shift towards a hybrid work mentality impact the office in the coming years?
These are all questions that workplace occupancy sensors can help answer.
Here are some of the biggest benefits.
When an office isn’t set up in the most efficient way for staff, things like lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning may be wasted – adding extra costs to utility bills. Using occupancy sensors can detect where spaces aren’t being used, which can help businesses decide whether to install smart building systems (e.g. automation devices) or repurpose those spaces.
One of the biggest benefits of workplace occupancy sensors is how they can show you exactly how in-demand your collaboration spaces are. From informal meeting areas to breakout rooms, understanding exactly how they are being used can help you optimize the office layout for greater collaboration – and therefore greater productivity.
Make the space work for you
Businesses that jump the gun and decide to downsize may soon regret that decision if their business grows or they need more space in subsequent months – a costly mistake. Instead, advanced occupancy sensors such as XY Sense can help you analyze occupancy trends down to a team level and forecast space capacity requirements based on your growth plans.
Build the ideal post-pandemic office It’s unlikely that your entire team will be working remotely 24/7, which means you still need a space for them to collaborate and perform their tasks in-person. Using workplace occupancy sensors, you can get real-time, live data streams to inform how your workplace is being used by your hybrid workforce. This can help you understand the most highly utilized spaces and potentially repurpose or reconfigure underutilized zones into the more popular project spaces or meeting pods.
Conversely, daily occupancy data and usage of desks versus meeting rooms can help you better match supply and demand of these space types. This results in a better experience for your staff while ensuring productivity and collaboration levels remain high.