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Does Your Office Have Too Much Office?


Sensors and the Internet of Things are quickly becoming standard workplace features. There are sensors near your office’s doorways to turn the lights on when they detect movement. The doors themselves are probably equipped with security sensors that read different types of badges. Even the break room may have a few sensors to keep everything efficiently in order. But measuring the movements of your company’s workforce does more than add convenience. It can take away unnecessary expenses if you:

Get accurate numbers to reduce unnecessary office space.

‘Too much house’ is one of the problems many homebuyers have to budget for. Every extra room and square foot leads to increased air conditioning, maintenance, and furnishing costs. Those expenses add up whether the space is being used or not, and that’s lead to an increased popularity in tiny houses and downsizing.

That same problem exists in commercial office spaces, but the costs go up drastically. If your company is paying for office space the company doesn’t need, that expense isn’t just an expense. It’s a weight dragging down profitability and future growth.

But, sensors can keep track of which offices and small conference spaces aren’t being used. If the motion detectors never turn on the lights, the office manager can safely assume that downsizing is in order. If you combine those sensors with integrated scheduling features, you can predict how much office space you need based on telecommuting and how often your employers travel out of the office. Instead of needing one desk for each person, modern office analysts say, you need one desk for every two or three employees.

But desk-sharing has to be part of your office’s design for you to take advantage of the savings. Go to Tangram for specifics on how to optimize your office for shared, open workspaces that don’t hurt your employees’ productivity.

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