Organisations trialling test labs to monitor post pandemic work patterns

Organisations are embracing experimental ‘pilot working labs’ to monitor working patterns of these employees prior to making changes to the specific office, in accordance with data from Freespace, which reveals that global office occupancy rates decreased in June in comparison to May as organisations introduced ways of tackle the resurgence in Covid cases.

The research, which gives insights into global workplace trends using anonymised data from over 100,000 occupancy sensors in offices round the global world, suggests there has been a shift from using social spaces in managing the safety of these at work.

June office occupancy data includes:

    in June
  • 23 % of offices globally returned to work, down 2 % in comparison to May. This 2 % stopped time for work due to ways of tackle the resurgence in Covid cases.
  • 16 % of the working offices are just a fifth full. 6 per cent certainly are a third full, and 0 just.5 % are half full.
  • The global average office occupancy in 2021 is 20 %. In the US it really is 19 %; EMEA 18 %; and Asia & Australasia 34 %.
  • Offices always keep social distancing policies important with a visible reduction in social space and meeting space usage.
  • Just 22 % of those at work are employing meeting rooms (55 % prior to the pandemic), and just 6 % are employing workplace social areas (31 % prior to the pandemic).

Commented Raj Krishnamurthy, Freespace CEO:

“Whilst we have been seeing a shift from using social spaces in managing the safety of these in the workplace, we have been also witnessing a growing demand for ‘pilot working labs’ or what some call ‘living labs’.

They are areas at work, supported by sensors, which are kitted out being an experimental workspace to anonymously monitor how folks are behaving, like the real way they’re moving or what work they’re doing on a particular day.

These labs could possibly be one room, a floor, or a whole building with regards to the size of the organisation. This can help them establish how exactly to configure their actual offices to aid the outcomes of the experiment also to safely integrate their workers back to the workplace.”