31 May 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Businesses are failing to implement flexible working because of poor data about how they use their office space, according to technology firm Abintra.
The workplace flexibility specialist says many managers still rely on "gut feeling or flawed systems to make important real estate decisions".
The rising popularity of agile working has seen many firms reorganise their workplaces to attract and retain the best people. Flexible working can also save money by cutting the amount of expensive real estate that firms need to own or rent.
Abintra warns that one reason companies are falling at the first hurdle is by failing to understand how they currently use their office space. That leads to 'flexible' solutions that don't work because they don't offer enough of the right kinds of spaces - or because they inflate or deflate the amount of real estate that an organisation actually requires.
It recently published a report on emerging trends in occupancy management in 2019 listing unreliable methods being used to assess use statistics. These included manual 'clipboard' studies and video tracking of people coming into or leaving an office space. The former does not allow for detailed analysis of work patterns while the latter fails to deliver data on individual desk use.