Japan’s Fujitsu has been reported to have said in the press that it would halve its office space in three years as it rewrites the way employees work under a “new normal”.

That’s a big change and in any organization, particularly in times of contraction when it can lead to difficult decisions.

In a recent article by our resident writer, Nancy Sanquist, she explored the 5 Ps of data-driven decision-making every leader should focus on for overhauling their work and welfare frameworks, and be able to measure the impact during these accelerated times of change.

Read full article ‘Resilient Decision Making in Times of Change’

With work patterns and employee attitudes changing as a result of the COVID pandemic, it is clear organization’s will need access to accurate and reliable data to underpin the critical decisions they’ll have to make about the size, shape, healthiness, and new business requirements of their portfolio for the more ‘elastic’ workplace of the future.

Tracking performance and metrics for the following five categories will help businesses shape the future of their real estate.

  1. People: Health and safety of employees returning to the workplace. 
  2. Profit. Costs of providing both physical and digital workspaces. 
  3. Place. Value of investing in ‘healthy buildings’.
  4. Planet. Energy consumption and efficiency.
  5. Programs. Corporate social responsibility.

Nancy highlighted that the real value in data from the five Ps lies in analyzing key performance indicators across time. This will enable organizations to establish benchmarks that uncover patterns and yield deep insights into changes that will best benefit their business in the long-term, such as, whether to downsize or transform office space to meet the changing demands of their workforce.

Read full article ‘Resilient Decision Making in Times of Change’

Gathering and analyzing all of this valuable data requires collaboration between FM, CRE, HR, IT, and Finance teams. And they’ll need a centralized place to store the data—such as a flexible and secure real estate management system like Trimble’s ManhattanONE.

ManhattanONE can bring building, workforce, and workspace information together into a single source of truth—then serve the data back to decision-makers in various formats for a real-time, comprehensive view of utilization, capacity, lease expirations, energy consumption, and total cost of occupancy of each building.

It can do this because ManhattanONE is a truly holistic integrated decision platform that has been designed to deliver the deep operational and financial insights organizations need to allow them to innovate more freely and define new ways to work.To learn more about how you can leverage our ManhattanONE technology for operational and strategic real estate portfolio management, please contact us to book a demo or post your questions to us here.

As businesses all over the world face the challenge of getting back to work, Trimble Real Estate is busy helping real estate and facility management leaders gain complete visibility and control over their entire portfolio so they can make informed decisions about their future workplace requirements — decisions that will surely shape the future of real estate.

Work patterns and employee attitudes have already begun to change as a result of the COVID pandemic and Trimble has recognized that this shift presents a unique opportunity for organizations to REthink their approach to real estate and plan for the future. 

Nobody yet knows what the ‘new normal’ will look like, of course, but the future of corporate real estate (CRE) is unlikely to look anything like its past.

Many organizations are expected to develop a hybrid model that will combine office and home working. This will require some elasticity, strong communication and greater transparency to ensure everyone in these different workplaces is kept productive and safe.

We recognize the dedication and perseverance of real estate and facility management professionals to make sure their real estate truly works for their organization. Which is why we believe your real estate should work as hard as you do. We believe that technology can play a crucial part in helping businesses embrace this new method of working while also optimizing efficiency and the employee experience.

Recently we conducted research into the increasingly complex real estate scenarios that organizations are likely to face in the coming years. We had in-depth discussions with customers, external partners and other stakeholders. We’ve held a series of customer focused round tables. We’ve hosted return-to-office webinars supported by members of our global alliance program, such as PwC, HOK and Deloitte. We’ve listened. And we gained deep insights into the issues organizations will have to confront on a short- and long-term basis — from workspace bookings and cleaning to making transformational lease and transaction decisions to optimizing maintenance in a vastly different CRE landscape.

What became clear from our research is the important role that data and process will play in helping businesses adapt to this new ‘elastic’ workplace. Organizations will need accurate and reliable data to underpin the critical decisions they’ll have to make about their portfolio, otherwise how will they know if they’re making the right decision?

Shape the future of real estate

We’re passionate about the workplace, helping customers’ get back into their offices safely and we see significant value in leveraging ManhattanONE — our flexible, next-generation real estate management technology — to help businesses shape the future of their real estate portfolio.

ManhattanONE is an all-in-one, integrated decision platform that has been designed to deliver the deep operational and financial insights organizations need to allow them to innovate more freely and define new ways to work — something that will be vital when tackling the potential challenges ahead. The ManhattanONE suite delivers 360-degree enterprise visibility, enabling businesses to gain the foresight to anticipate and prevent problems and also identify and mitigate potential risks.

Above all, our promise is to help make ManhattanONE customers’ real estate work as hard as they do by simplifying the complexities of managing a diverse portfolio in these dynamic times.

Customers can use our proven technology to help create the new work environments that inspire and engage employees while improving productivity and ensuring operational continuity — environments where employees feel safe and are more motivated, properties are more valuable, and new ideas thrive.

If you are as excited as we are about the way technology can be used to help shape the future of real estate, contact us here for a discussion or book a personalized software demo.

I’m excited to announce that Retransform—a global leader in real estate business management services with over two decades of specialized expertise— has partnered with Trimble Real Estate to initiate technology solutions designed to help businesses through the challenging transition to the post-Covid workplace.

Retransform is one of many leading organizations to join our growing Global Alliance Program—a community of industry experts who have joined forces with us to provide implementation services and business strategy to customers around the world.

“We are happy to be one of Trimble’s partners to offer implementation services for their real estate suite of products,” said Pinkesh Shroff, Retransform’s Vice President, Digital Transformation and Technology. “We continuously learn and innovate to improve our customers’ businesses. We never stop looking for solutions to optimize real estate portfolios and enable digital workspaces, as well as options for customers’ return-to-the-office business plans.”

As a result of their desire to innovate, Retransform will now be an implementation partner for ManhattanONE – our next generation, flexible IWMS solution for centralizing key real estate functions and data analyses essential for optimizing real estate performance, improving decision-making, and enhancing employee experience.

“The ManhattanONE product is a platform which truly provides customers with the required flexibility to automate their business processes using the powerful workflow engine and also secure the application by defining hierarchies and role-based security,” said Retransform’s Pinkesh Shroff. “It also provides an inbuilt reporting tool—with pre-built reports—and an ability to connect with other applications using their open APIs.”

He added: “Trimble’s room booking and ‘business continuity’ modules provide features such as automated physical distancing, workspace management and staggered scheduling to help organizations to reconfigure and manage their workplace to help return employees to the office and safeguard their well-being.”

“With the suggestion of more hybrid workplace strategy models on the horizon, the need to enhance flexibility into leasing contracts as well as staying on top of breaks and options has never been more important.” said Simon Blenkiron, Trimble Real Estate. “By building on our relationship with Retransform we can deliver joint initiatives that help customers adopt best practises with technology as the enabler; where data robustness, process adoption and analytics will help business leaders innovate more freely and define new ways to work.”

For more information about Retransform, visit: www.retransform.com

For more information about our  Global Alliance Program, visit: realestate.trimble.com/partners

What does the office of the future look like?

How should you strategically align your workspace to the new reality?

Do you have the right tools and resources to address the needs of your workforce in a post-Covid-19 environment?

These were just some of the important questions addressed in a recent webinar hosted by Trimble Real Estate and leading professional services network, PwC.

With companies around the world urgently seeking solutions to the challenges now facing their business’s needs, real estate footprint and workforce strategy, we teamed up with PwC to deliver a live webinar on the topic of return to the office.

In the webinar, workplace experts Katherine Huh, who leads PwC’s occupier services team within the real estate practice, and Simon Blenkiron—our global partner director, products and technology—provided analyses on how the pandemic has added a new impetus to real estate decision-making.

Watch the webinar recording here

Katherine revealed that, for some organizations, the pandemic had created “a unique opportunity to reframe the way that they think about real estate, the workplace, how people work, and how technology is able to support that effort”.

Office of the future space management

Katherine said that many of PwC’s clients had found that productivity actually increased during lockdown because employees were able to get “a bit more into a day” with the reduction of commuting times. As a result, more organizations were now asking themselves: “How do we pivot our business to being a bit more virtual?”.

The webinar identified four main types of workers:

  • Full-time office workers
  • Team workers (who can do much of their work remotely)
  • Wanderers (in the office between 30% – 60% of the time)
  • Rovers (rarely in the office).

The webinar then addressed the question: What technology is actually needed for each of these types of worker to do their job efficiently and productively?

Trimble’s Simon Blenkiron said organizations should be looking into the next-generation technology that is now available to track both occupancy and utilization of their buildings. 3D modelling can help them design their way back to a Covid-secure workplace, he said. And sensors will play an important role in creating ‘well’ spaces in the new workplace.

On rethinking office portfolios in the post-Covid world, Simon explained he had drawn on 20 years of challenging organizations to transform the way they optimize their real estate. He said: “Organizations now need to look at the new target density for different types of personnel, apply cost numbers and determine whether it is possible to bring down real estate costs.”

He added: “Space planners and strategists must remain agile and above all responsive. We’ve got to help migrate the office from what it was, to what it needs to be.”

To watch the full webinar recording, please visit: go.trimble.com/pwc-office-of-the-future-webinar