Around the world, the type of work people do is changing with technology and innovation. In just a few decades, the U.S. workforce transformed from mostly manual labor to a majority of office workers. By 2030, McKinsey & Co. predicts that we will spend 55 percent more hours on technical work that requires STEM degrees, while physical and manual labor continues to decline. (McKinsey, 2018)

 

Technical, higher cognitive work, and professions that involve social and emotional “soft skills” require the right environment. In order to facilitate maximum workforce productivity, employers will need to pay more attention than ever before to creating optimal workspaces. The Internet of Things (IoT) is making it possible for employers to turn real estate and workspace into a competitive advantage to attract and retain the kind of talent that not only has the skills that match today’s business needs, but that is eager to immerse themselves in their work and engage in a way that drives business outcomes.

 

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IoT workplace occupancy environmental sensors can monitor and collect real-time information about building conditions and workspace usage. By applying workspace analytics and integrating other systems of building automation, employers can optimize workspaces to foster greater levels of employee productivity, satisfaction, and well-being.
Today businesses can leverage IoT sensors and real-time analytics to:

 

  • Improve real estate utilization to support workforce growth and/or reduce costs
  • Support employee health and well-being
  • Automate buildings to reduce energy use and increase sustainability
  • Support the mobile workforce with the right types of workspaces and technology

 

As the way we work changes, the spaces we need to work in will change too. With comprehensive data about who uses each space, how they use and when they use it, businesses can continually adapt and optimize their real estate investment. IoT sensors paired with intelligent technology platforms offer businesses the ability to optimize real estate and energy costs while supporting employee engagement, well-being and productivity.

 

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Occupancy sensor analytics

 

More and more companies are embracing the flexibility the cloud offers and allowing employees to work remote. This creates an opportunity for real estate execs to optimize their portfolios: if every employee doesn’t come in every day, why do they need a dedicated desk? Organizations are shifting to desk-sharing and agile work strategies and reducing their overall real estate footprint. Workplace sensors detect occupancy and allow companies to make data-driven decisions on how much space they need as well as what type of space they need based on the analysis of sensor data over time.

 

Environmental sensors capture key environmental factors such as temperature and air quality, so you can better control energy consumption and improve the overall wellness factor of your office. The end result of a sensor-influenced workplace is an optimized real estate portfolio, potentially a significant reduction in real estate and energy costs, and happier, more productivity employees.

 

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Environmental sensor analytics

 

When devices can sense your workplace environment and effectively communicate that data, they become valuable tools. Merging this IoT data with IWMS technology can help you understand space utilization, improve building operations and maintenance and enhance employee engagement— delivering smarter buildings and smarter workplaces.

 

Download our e-book to see how IoT sensors paired with intelligent technology platforms offer businesses the ability to optimize real estate and energy costs while supporting employee engagement, well-being and productivity.