13 May Know what you are measuring!
Here at Measuremen we measure how work environments are used in different ways and through different technologies. Currently, a method that is often in the news is automatically measuring through sensors. They deliver nearly real-time data over a long period of time, presenting a detailed view of the occupancy. But, does this method also present the insights that you need to support your real estate plan? Hereby are some points to keep in consideration that can help you further:
What do I have?
Before you can measure occupancy, it is important to know what resources are available and the state which they are in. Experience has shown that such information is not often available. Therefore, prior to creating a business case, it is important to make an inventory of your current resources.
How is it used?
Sensors are particularly useful if you want to know when these places are being over a long period of time. However, to ensure that the physical environment meets the needs of the users, it is essential to know how these are being used. A workplace occupancy study is the fastest and most cost-efficient way to measure both occupancy and utilisation (the number of people versus capacity) and activities.
In addition to an objective view of the usage (what, when and how), the subjective experience plays an important role in the development of a real estate plan. The correlation between the preferences of users and their profiles, supplemented with insights into the actual behaviour, provides a unique view of the workplace. Through this, the physical environment can still be adjusted.
The Key to Added Value
Automated measurements provide good basic information surrounding the use of the work environment, but depending on your situation, it will have to be supplemented with other insights to truly offer added value when supporting strategic choices.
Before you consider choosing a method, its smart to first check which insights match your issue or needs. If you need more information, or just want to share your thoughts about different techniques and methods, get in contact with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.