Discover the new metrics, benchmarks, and design approaches top teams are using to optimize their real estate portfolios and employee experience in the hybrid workplace.
Hybrid is here to stay. We sat down with industry experts Susan Wasmund, Head of CBRE’s Global Workplace & Occupancy Management practice, and Maya Katter, VP of Client Success at OfficeSpace, to uncover common myths that could be hindering your hybrid office. With over 45 years combined experience advising the world’s top brands, they explore reframing your approach to hybrid using metrics that matter now.
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With employees working from home and in-office today, planners need new ways to forecast space needs and demand:
The more flexible an organization’s hybrid work policy, the more variable demand for space will be. Facility managers (FMs) and space planners need new ways to plan for this new reality.
To learn utilization metrics can inform your workplace strategy.
Traditional density metrics aren’t effective at measuring the use of hybrid space or reflect the reality of how spaces are actually being used in a dynamic work environment.
Measure how efficient and effective your space actually is, by using more modern metrics, that create a clear picture of your space needs, answering questions such as:
And discover which micro and macro metrics to measure now.
Benchmarking against other organizations for space planning is no longer relevant. In a hybrid world, there‘s no ‘one size fits all’ solution across industries. ‘One size fits all’ may not even work within a company.
Designing hybrid office spaces now means managing a host of competing interests and factors, including:
To support the unique business and cultural objectives of their organizations look internally to align with company goals.
And discover today’s benchmarks for space management.
Companies are juggling tension between economic uncertainty, and the need to invest in space improvements that support collaboration and attract employees to the office. FMs and space planners can optimize office space planning without expensive investments, if they’re able to leverage existing data to see office use trends across:
Armed with the right utilization data, organizations can make great hybrid spaces that are engaging and effective, without risky or expensive investments.
And start leveraging your existing space.
Perhaps the biggest myth about hybrid work is that it requires complicated technology to implement, measure, and optimize.
Some organizations are already collecting data that can be repurposed and combined as part of a ‘test before you invest’ strategy for hybrid. To improve employee experience and workplace management, many companies already collect:
By combining and analyzing this real-time data properly, companies can implement and test better strategies to ensure spaces support business performance.
To discover how OfficeSpace simplifies testing, measuring, and adjusting your hybrid strategy.
Discover new benchmarks, metrics, and strategies to create more engaging work environments and better real estate portfolio decisions.
Office space planning is the process of using data to optimize on-site work environments. The goal is typically to use good metrics to create cost-effective spaces that support employee engagement and long term business goals. While it can include elements of basic office interior design (like office furniture and natural light), the focus tends to be on finding the right mix of heads-down and collaborative spaces, and on balancing employee/company needs with real estate budgets.
In the current era of hybrid and remote work, where the number of people using the office can vary dramatically from day-to-day, office design and space planning is increasingly challenging. Many are turning to new strategies to better align their available space with their people’s needs.
The three major factors in office space planning for a hybrid work environment are:
Whether building a new office space, redesigning an existing one, or simply editing a floor plan, decision makers need to develop their strategy around these three factors. From open spaces and conference rooms, to common areas, huddle rooms, individual workstations, cubicles, and everything in between, building an office with intention requires careful planning with the right metrics and right plan for how to use them.
A common example of an office space planning decision comes from HUB International, an OfficeSpace client that redesigned their corporate headquarters to offer more bookable private offices. Employees are now able to reserve these workspaces when they need heads-down space, or a space for 1:1 meetings or whiteboarding sessions.
Repurposing private spaces and open floor plans to allow for more collaborative spaces is also very common, as hybrid offices seek to use their physical space to support collaboration and culture efforts.