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.
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”.
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.”
For over 15 years, Benjamin has been on the edge of real estate innovation, working as the go-to-person for all things marketing. With a love of architecture and design, he enjoys a creative challenge and when he is not working on the next Trimble Manhattan campaign, he spends valuable time with his family or clocking up miles on his road bike.
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