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Rebalance Your Workspace With Data

You’ve no doubt spent a lot of time thinking about how to make your workplace more efficient and effective for all your employees. You may have rearranged furniture or moved a person, team members or even whole departments with the goal of making the company more productive and profitable. But how did you make that decision to rebalance your space? Unless you used workplace analytics like Tapdn, you may have been making assumptions about how the space is being used, instead of knowing for sure.

When it’s time to think about rebalancing your space to adapt to a more agile workforce, your strategy should be based on objective data, not guesswork. For example, say your sales team has been stationed together in an office under the assumption that they need to frequently work together. But using workplace IoT sensors, you might find that two team members spend 75 percent of their day up one floor in the marketing department, and another team member is out of the office on sales calls most of the day. With this new insight, you can now make decisions about the space and personnel that make sense for everyone. This might mean you move two people up a floor, and give your road warrior a hot desking option.

But it’s not just about moving people around—rebalancing your workspace can foster collaboration and help your company adapt to the agile, mobile workforce of the future by creating fewer walled spaces, smaller workstations and a balanced desk-to-employee ratio. Data shows that if someone has to walk more than 15 feet to have a conversation with someone, they’ll most likely send an email. Placing people in proximity leads to better collaboration, and ultimately higher productivity.

Effective rebalancing depends upon the quality of the data around how space is being used. Granular, accurate, floor-level data about where people walk during the day will give you the confidence to make stronger decisions about the space. Tapdn offers workplace analytics that can inform your rebalancing strategy so you can foster higher collaboration and productivity, correct the worker-to-desk ratio, and build workstations according to how they’re actually used.