4 Ways to Optimize the Employee Workplace Experience
Use Technology and Dedicated Workplace Experience Software
Workplace technology can help you create an environment where every employee can thrive. No two workplaces are the same. Employees drive the nuanced differences that impact workplace strategy, and they vote with their actions. Workplace technology needs to understand and analyse their behaviour so that teams can make smart workplace decisions.
Base-level software includes investing in a video conferencing and collaboration platform like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Slack. These platforms enable teams to work remotely, in a hybrid or flexible model, or in-person.
Workplace experience software and analytics platforms can provide the most detailed workplace data to guide decisions and support employees. For instance, generic day of the week popularity is redundant, and will vary across different offices, in different locations, with different employee demographics. So, workplace experience teams need to collect data from each neighbourhood, department, or building.
Studio DB helps to create intelligent spaces where employees can thrive, be their most productive selves, and have the amenities they need to collaborate. With the right workplace analytics platform, you can create adaptable spaces that are more efficient and encourage use.
Implement Employee Pulse Survey Tools
Combining office space surveys with spatial intelligence data gives you the clearest picture of how well the workplace is functioning and how engaged employees are at work.
And Studio DB shows you which spaces your teams are occupying — and which ones are lying empty because the occupants are getting their work done at home. With the analytics that these platforms provide, you can find out where and how your staff want to be working — and you can consider adjusting your workspaces and your policies accordingly. For example, if your employees indicate in surveys that they prefer to work from the office 3-5 days per week, but you see in the occupancy data that the office is most used on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can adjust team schedules accordingly, or add more flexible spaces.
Offer a Variety of Workspaces in the Office
If you want employees to come back to the office, you must provide amenities and environments that they don’t have at home. Then, once employees begin using spaces regularly, you can collect data to determine which spaces are the most utilized, and which are not as necessary for certain teams or individuals.
Employees will largely be coming back because they miss collaborating and socializing with their teams, so it’s important to provide lots of big open spaces for collaboration. But it’s also important to include some private spaces, like meeting rooms and phone booths, for employees to take meetings and video calls. With spatial intelligence data, you can find the perfect combination of spaces that works for your employees.
And if you’ve right sized your workspace and implemented a hoteling desk policy, you’ll be able to reduce the space dedicated to employees’ individual desks. That frees up space for things like a meditation space, a basic gym, a lounge or socialization area, or a cafe-like area for your team to enjoy.
Reduce Friction throughout the Workplace
With the implementation of changes and new tech, there’s bound to be some challenges, but with repeated issues and frustrations that pop up in the office, employees will feel like it’s not worth their time to come in. That’s why it’s important to make sure your employee experience software works, and that all the systems integrate well and communicate flawlessly, contributing to a successful workplace experience.
For example, if a meeting room is booked by a group of employees but the meeting gets cancelled and the room stays reserved, another team can’t use it. Upgrading your meeting room and desk booking software can help your employees’ days go as smoothly as possible, and it ensures they’re able to make the most of your office space.
Workplace Optimization is an Ongoing Process
As your team’s expectations continue to evolve, keep your ear close to the ground, proactively seek out feedback, and adapt workspaces with layouts and systems that meet their needs. Ensuring you’ve got a right-sized, high-tech workplace enables your employees to work how they want to, and lets your company free up some of that real estate money to invest in other areas.
Learn more about creating dynamic and personalised workspaces with Studio DB. If your organisation is searching for the perfect strategist, we are here to help.