What we think of as the “traditional office” (clusters of cubicles in the center of a space, surrounded by private offices around the perimeter) is going away — about 70% of US offices have some type of “open office” design.
Companies are starting to go beyond just workplace space planning by investing in healthy building features and looking for ways to provide more choice and autonomy to their employees, but why? Are these strategies actually working, or are they just following trends? Is it worth it to redesign your office layout and make dramatic changes to how your employees work?
Let’s dig into some statistics that shed some light on how the workspace impacts the employee experience and what that might mean for your company:
- Innovative companies are 5 times more likely to have workplaces that prioritize individual and group workspace…
- 69% of businesses that implemented healthy building features reported improvements in employee satisfaction and engagement…
- People are 12% more likely to report being happy with their job when they have freedom and autonomy in their work environment…
- 37% of job candidates will accept a job with a lower salary if the company offers appealing culture, workplace facilities and technology…
- 42.5% of the global workforce will be mobile employees by 2022…
- 85% of respondents in a CBRE survey expect to see increase in mobility in the workplace through activity-based workplaces…
- 70% of employees age 16-44 say they want to be more mobile at work…
- 30% of energy used in a commercial building is wasted…
[Admin: This post is related to the 05.17.16 post about the use of meeting rooms (and collaborative overload), the 11.01.17 post by FacilitiesNet about the inefficient use of office space, and the 06.01.18 post by FM:Systems about the employee-centric workplace. To see other related posts, use the Workplace tag.]
Buildings that support occupant happiness and productivity sound great. So what’s the catch? Occupant well-being and happiness is much harder to quantify compared to environmental factors such as energy efficiency. Also, there aren’t yet well-recognized rating systems, although the International WELL Building Institute is making some headway. But the bigger puzzle for the smart building ecosystem to solve is: How much do building conditions really contribute to occupant happiness? How should building investments be balanced with other areas such as IT?
[Admin: To see other related posts, use the Workplace tag or Satisfaction tag.]
We’re testing TRIRIGA Platform 3.5.3 and we noticed a difference in the (project context) “Company/Project” toggle visibility. The users have access to the license “IBM TRIRIGA Workplace Performance Management Projects” and it now displays the toggle option (it didn’t display before). When we remove this license, the toggle disappears. Is this new behavior documented anywhere? I did some research and I couldn’t find anything. Is there a way to remove this option for specific groups?
[Admin: This post is related to the 02.13.17 post about the relationship between project context and security.]
FieldFLEX, the leading developer of mobile enterprise software for corporate real estate and workplace management, announced they will be releasing a premier mobile application designed specifically for facilities engineers and inspectors to gather asset data, perform asset condition audits, and estimate repair and replacement costs. The mobile app will allow organizations to rapidly collect and establish accurate asset records, support sustainable funding models, make critical decisions in a shorter time, and feed data directly into the capital planning and operational process…
The FieldFLEX FCA application is fully integrated with the FieldFLEX mobile platform and offers organizations a flexible, highly-scalable, IoT-enabled mobile solution that provides opportunities to reduce costs and risks. The FieldFLEX mobile platform builds a culture of engagement by connecting mobile employees with their workplace for real-time interaction. The suite of mobile enterprise productivity apps includes asset tracking and logistics, and field operations such as inspections, facility assessments and surveys. Compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows, FieldFLEX apps seamlessly integrate with the enterprise IWMS.
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IWMS (Integrated Workplace Management System) vendors continue to launch a flurry of new products aimed at helping employees better navigate workplaces and book space. Some of the latest product releases make interactive kiosks and touch screens central to the proposition – providing employees tools that can be easily accessed while moving through buildings.
Witness FM:Systems launching bookMe in October 2017 which enables employees to use digital signage and mobile apps to find and reserve space, and Trimble launching LiveSign Pro Touch Panels in November 2017 powered by Manhattan software, enabling the convenient booking of space. Other IWMS vendors such as ARCHIBUS and Planon also make their reservation solutions on touchscreens.
What is interesting about these emerging digital signage solutions is the focus on engaging employees beyond the desktop. This is a different mindset to what’s occurred historically, when many IWMS applications were designed for desktops with mobile apps added later. Why is that important? It allows for solutions that are designed to be used by employees on-the-go, with a very specific specification around engaging building users with simple and intuitive user interfaces…
[Admin: This post is related to the 10.31.17 post about FM:Interact bookME. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag, FM:Systems tag or Mobile tag.]
Research by PwC (Millennials at work: Reshaping the workplace) shows that from 2020, half of all employees will be millennials (roughly speaking, those born between 1985 and 2000). The workplace expectations of these new talents would appear to differ from those which organisations have been used to so far. What should a facility manager take into account now that the number of millennials preparing to enter the workforce is growing?
The workplace is more than a place to work
Organisations which only offer flexible workplaces need to devote some thought to other methods of making millennials happy in the workplace. This might be done by offering supplementary facilities; for instance, 36 percent of those asked thought the presence of a wellness or relaxation area is important, while only 14 percent of organisations actually offer this. Other issues which millennials consider important include an eating facility, coffee bar, sleep/rest area, and the provision of greenery.
These observations are supported by recent research by Deloitte (the 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey). This survey concludes that millennials are open to flexible workplaces, but are however fearful that their workplace will become sterile and impersonal as a consequence. They feel the workplace should be a cozy place where they feel at ease. By offering more than just a place to work when setting up the workplace, organisations take these concerns seriously…
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Announcing the launch of FM:Interact bookME
We recently launched bookME, interactive digital signage that is placed outside of meeting rooms that gives employees the ability to reserve conference room space on the fly. bookME extends the functionality of FM:Interact’s industry leading Space Management solution to the entire organization by enabling employees to view room availability and reserve spaces with a user-friendly mobile interface. It was great to see the interest around bookME throughout the show firsthand.
Flexible Workspace for the Mobile Employee
Almost every conversation I had tied back into how mobile today’s employees are and how organizations are in need of a solution that will support today’s new approaches to working, including the requirements for flexible workspace, the ability to quickly support cross-functional teams and collaborative areas that break away from the traditional practice of one employee assigned to one workstation.
FM:Systems Space Reservation module supports these new ways of working and allows organizations to provide their employees with the flexibility of reserving as-needed space when they need it — whether it be reserving a workstation for the day, a meeting space with specific amenities, or walking up to and reserving a conference room on-the-fly for an ad-hoc meeting. The configurability of our product allows organizations to meet these rapidly changing demands and help them realize new business value — all while providing their employees with a flexible workplace…
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