Staff Are Not Cattle: Best Practices For Delivering Space Consolidation And Wellbeing

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Executive Summary

Urban rents are soaring, and sensor technologies continue to reveal chronically suboptimal utilization of corporate office space. Real estate executives are therefore consolidating their portfolios without a concurrent reduction in the size of their workforces. Is this good for employee engagement and productivity? This report examines the existing literature, case studies and exclusive data from Verdantix’s 2018 survey of corporate real estate executives to address this question. This report provides directors of real estate, marketing and human resources, as well as software vendors addressing client concerns around space management and wellbeing initiatives, with a framework to think about how to deliver truly smart workplaces that drive engagement, boost productivity and improve tenant experience. 

Table of contents

Staff Are Not Cattle: Best Practices For Delivering Space Consolidation And Wellbeing
Macro Trends Push Occupants Towards Ever Greater Utilization Of Existing Real Estate
Space Consolidation Can Cause Or Exacerbate Multiple Factors That Negatively Impact Wellbeing
Difficulties With Determining Causalities Should Not Distract From The Tangible Risks Of Space Consolidation
Office Design And Smart Workplace Tools Are A Necessity To Offset Space Efficiency Side-Effects
 

Table of figures

Figure 1. Physical And Workplace Factors That Shape Engagement, Productivity And Wellbeing 
Figure 2. Impact Assessment Of Physical And Workplace Factors On Wellbeing 

Organisations mentioned

Accruent, ARCHIBUS, Beco, BOSTI Associates, Bright Horizons, Center For American Progress, Comfy, Condair, Condeco, CoreNet, Danish National Centre For Social Research, Ducker Research, eLichens, EMS Software, ENTOUCH, Envizi, Facebook, Facilio, FM:Systems, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, FSI, Furniture123, Future Life Factory, Google, HERE Technologies, Honeywell, iOFFICE, iViva (Eutech Group), JLL, Knight Frank, Leesman, Mapiq, McKinsey, MCS Solutions, Microsoft, Nottingham Business School, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Panasonic, Planon, Plantronics, Robert Walters, Schneider Electric, Serraview, Siemens, SmartSpace Software, Sony, Switch Automation, Tango, Trimble, University Of Sydney, WeWork.

About the author

Ibrahim Yate

Industry Analyst

Ibrahim is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. His current agenda covers innovation in software and hardware solutions for space management, workplace management, energy management, smart lighting, proptech and location-based services. Ibrahim joined Verdantix in 2016, and previously worked at OVO Energy and the Energy Saving Trust. Ibrahim holds an MSc in Energy Policy from Imperial College London and MA from Cambridge University.

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