Return to the Office: 2022 Facility Management Trends & Insights

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The global pandemic has thrust office utilization into a new era. Looking ahead to the return to the office in 2022, the challenges we’ve seen over the last 18 months, namely finding answers to questions like: “should you bring employees back into the office? Does the hybrid approach work?” will still remain unknown.

What's Next for Facility Management in 2022?

With so much uncertainty about the future of workspaces, facility managers will need to take a solutions-based approach while deploying new ways of thinking in the years to come. Monitoring how office spaces are being utilized is the first step in understanding how they need to be optimized for the future. This is why 4SITE, in collaboration with CORT Furniture Rental, surveyed more than 1,000 IFMA attendees to hear from facility managers across a variety of industries and learn what approach their organizations are taking while deciding how to return employees to the office.

4SITE, a sensor-based workplace occupancy and utilization platform, delivers insights that allow our customers to continuously optimize and evolve their workplace. Within our survey, we found that the results were positive and hopeful, with managers exploring a variety of options for bringing back employees to a safer work environment.

We hope our infographic helps shed some insight into smart and efficient workplace solutions for companies returning to the office.

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Why 4SITE for the Return to the Office?

The pandemic shutdown of 2020 still reverberates across office spaces around the world. Now more than ever, the workplace must perform, and with the increased desire to experiment with space, facilities managers will need to rely on data that are quantifiable and meaningful to influence configurations while welcoming employees back to the workplace and beyond.

4SITE's sensor technology and real-time space utilization data are often used to find patterns and predict potential occupancy trends in the workplace. These trends can help you to make informed decisions for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace while facing our current unknowns.

Here's how it works: we take care of the heavy lifting for facilities personnel by installing non-invasive motion-activated data sensors throughout your office, on desks, in offices, and in meeting spaces that gather information while protecting your employees' privacy. The data is sent to an onsite gateway, which then sends it to a cloud hub via cellular signal. That means that our sensors don’t need to utilize your network to get the data into the cloud. You can access that data via your own private web dashboard. Once you access the data, you can create specific types of reports based on your company's specific attributes. Also, our occupancy data layer is app agnostic and integrates into any reservation system to provide additional support within your workplace.

This can be especially helpful in a hybrid workplace by giving you access to information like which desks your employees are using when they come to the office and how long they're staying. Our workplace sensors and data can also allow you to:

  • Create an optimal environment for your employees
  • Increase workplace productivity
  • Make data-driven decisions
  • Create support for your teams
  • Provide visual reporting to keep your business leaders clearly aligned with what's happening in the workplace
  • Attract and retain talent by creating a welcoming company culture
  • Reduce CAPEX and OPEX

Give us a call today to set up a demo or get started.