Workplace sensors are set to enable space changes to happen more quickly and more frequently, which is key when physical areas are the second-largest corporate cost, but are also less than 45% utilised, according to Cushman & Wakefield in its Occupier Edge research .
“Imagine a scenario where you can physically see on an app or kiosk which part of the building is hot/cold, noisy/quiet and dynamic/static,” says the report. “Where is the right work setting for you? Which part of the building will tend to your wellbeing needs? Where is my colleague sitting? This allows employees to perform at the highest level of engagement by matching environment to their personal workstyle.”
And keep an eye out for more ‘work curation’. As machine learning gets increasingly to grips with sensor data, it can start to make predictions and recommendations, curating employee experiences in line with their profiles and preferences.
Plus live data can be displayed on kiosks or mobile apps to show the availability of work settings throughout the workplace. “Often the greatest detractor from people’s productivity can be the cost of search, or in other words, the time spent locating or confirming the availability of an appropriate work setting,” says Cushman & Wakefield.
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