Occupancy analytics can identify places which become particularly busy, such as lunch areas, or surfaces that employees regularly come into contact with, such as door handles. It may become apparent that it is necessary to clean these areas several times throughout the day in order to prevent the risk of transmission and keep employees safe.
As well as being essential in the short-term for managing safe social distancing in the workplace effectively, occupancy monitoring is an extremely valuable tool in the long-term. Having access to accurate occupancy data is the only way that companies can make informed decisions about how much space is really required.
The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have shown companies that a great deal of work can be carried out remotely, meaning that some of their space is no longer necessary. A string of major employers have said they are preparing to cut costs by reducing their office estates.
Andy Pyle, the head of UK real estate at KPMG, has said that ‘Ultimately, I would expect there will be a need for less office space and also different office space. My guess is that the fall would be somewhere between 10%-20%, on an individual company level on average’.
Without access to real-time occupancy data, it is exceedingly difficult to quantify how much office space is needed, and will remain as Pyle states, simply a guess. Workplace occupancy monitoring can show average utilisation levels and highlight specific areas that are underused, allowing companies to make informed cost-saving decisions about re-allocating space or downsizing.
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