As companies across the globe are planning their return to office, the prevailing thought is that most employees will want to continue working from home to some extent. A statement that is often heard is that the choice of location where work gets done will now be in the hands of the employee. The question remains, what will the ideal hybrid workplace of the future look like?
What will your company’s hybrid workplace look like?
These changes impact the way space is consumed. Will employee behavior in the workplace change dramatically, leading to more collaborative and creative work being done in the office? Or will we go back to the ‘old normal’ faster than we can now imagine? This remains to be seen and the outcome will obviously differ per industry, company and depends on many factors. At the same time, Corporate Real Estate professionals are challenged with a lack of actionable insights to properly manage RTO today and the perceived hybrid workplace norm of tomorrow. Uncertainty around when COVID restrictions will end and what this new norm will look like is making accurate utilization data more important than ever.
Validate your ideal hybrid workplace thesis with real-time utilization data
A concept that is often mentioned is that future offices will be turned “inside out” from 70% desks and 30% collaboration space to 30% desks and 70% collaboration space. When employees come to the office mainly to collaborate for 1 to 3 days per week, it will be difficult to justify an assigned desk for each employee. Desk booking and room booking solutions paired with sensors have become a hot trend for managing the workplace. This is important to ensure that visitors, employees that usually work remotely and part-time employees have an adequate workspace without the expense of full-time assigned spaces for the full workforce.
But before acting on concepts like these, many are looking to inform the thesis through the use of real-time space utilization technology. Actual space utilization data collected via a variety of data sources enables data-driven decisions on workplace design. This will ultimately be the most cost effective way to address this challenge.
Holistic overview of utilization data is essential
Unfortunately, utilization data is managed in a multitude of systems today. This means that valuable information is siloed and stored across different entities all with separately associated costs. Corporate Real Estate and Workplace teams need a holistic overview of all utilization data, ideally in one system. This ‘single pane of glass’ is exactly what HubStar (previously known as Lone Rooftop) offers.
Read more on how to plan and optimize for the ideal hybrid workplace with utilization technology in our articles below.