You Spoke, We Listened…Valuable IoT Solutions: Desk Occupancy

During the recent iaconnects webinar hosted by EnOcean, we asked attendees which IoT solutions were most valuable and what the key blockers were for IoT projects. 

Over 50% of webinar attendees selected desk occupancy monitoring as the most valuable IoT solution, both during and post-pandemic.

Desk occupancy sensor data can provide real-time, fact-based proof of occupancy over long periods of time supporting changes within the workplace by identifying those areas or occupants with high levels of activity.

Flexi-desking (hot-desking) has become commonplace, particularly in larger organisations over the last few years. The ability to remotely view and book available desks is becoming an increasingly popular trend and can have a number of positive impacts for an organisation and their employees such as productivity levels and wellbeing.

 Installing under desk occupancy sensors to detect presence and processing live data via MobiusFlow into 3rd party applications such as Thingsboard or iOFFICE, you will be able to see available desks immediately, instead of walking aimlessly trying to find a free space. The ability to pre-book a desk could be key to reducing stress levels and keeping productivity high. Large organisations could save hundreds of thousands of working hours by implementing desk occupancy and booking solutions with the two keys being increased employee productivity and energy/cost savings.

In 2017, one client wanted to monitor their desk usage to find out whether they should reduce the size of their estate or redesign the space to incorporate more meeting rooms. They estimated that the desk occupancy usage to be around 75% between 8am-6pm, Monday - Friday. Over a six month period, the actual usage rate was only 39%.

Humans are creatures of habit, but with flexi-desking becoming ever more popular, it can throw a spanner in the works for people who have a preferred desk or area. There could be any number of reasons why a person could be 5 minutes late to work e.g. late running public transport and this could mean they can’t sit at their usual desk due to it being occupied. To some people this may seem trivial, but it can cause differing levels of anxiety for employees who are used to a specific routine.

The ability to remotely monitor desk usage has become increasingly important during the pandemic is vital for health and safety. For those employees working in an office throughout the pandemic, information such as which desks are in use or which desks have previously been used and need sanitising, could be key to employee welfare and controlling the transmission rates.

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