The Future Offices Summer event in San Francisco highlighted how companies are using data to better structure office design.
Data collection can remedy numerous everyday workplace issues such as missed meetings and missed bookings by pairing sensor data with calendar data to track how meeting rooms are being used.
Matt Stevenson, Vyopta’s Director of Customer Success, said that data is key to workplace transformation.
For example, biotech company Gilead Sciences partnered up with HDR to create a redesign plan after data indicated the company needed more workspaces to keep up with hiring projections. From there, Gilead built a new collaborative environment that had both large and small open workspaces.
Indeed is another company that utilized data after scaling from a small startup, to 9,000 employees years later. Over the period of three months, the company used sensors at workstations and conference room chairs in their London office. What they discovered was that the conference rooms were larger than they needed to be and that workstations could move to a 1:3 desk to employee ratio, rather than a 1:1 ratio.