15 January 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The world of work will continue to evolve in 2019, and corporations must find ways to adapt their office real estate, states a report by flexible workplace specialist Abintra.
The research highlights how corporations are struggling to manage office space efficiently as the trend towards agile and flexible working gathers momentum.
The publication explores methods for responding through office space use techniques, including the latest tech options.
Compiled by Abintra's US office, Emerging Trends in Occupancy Management asks if an emerging class of technology services could be the solution to the challenges faced by real estate professionals.
It sets out the pros and cons of different approaches to managing office space use, including people-counting and tracking, either manually or via WiFi, swipe cards and PIR sensor systems.
Abintra's previous research has revealed that corporations waste as much as 30 per cent of office space and two-thirds of meeting room space through underuse. The value of that prime real estate in the UK alone tops £10 billion.
The study shows that companies are learning to get by with fewer people and need less space per worker as they allow more employees to work flexible hours, or work at home.
But although real estate managers would like to rationalise the amount of space being used, or to make better use of it, the report points out that doing so is increasingly complex.
Density can vary significantly due to various factors such as the nature of work, building codes and even the use of space as a reward for more senior personnel.
Calculating how much space is actually required depends on working out how space is currently used and how it could be adapted.
Unfortunately, as the report shows, many of the techniques used for measuring use don't deliver reliable information. It points out the flaws in many traditional measurement tools and in many of the technological solutions on the market.
The report is available to download here.