Building owners and workplace management teams can now harness real-time workplace usage data to boost employee experiences, reduce carbon footprints

With the global shift to hybrid working, employees around the world are now demanding dynamic, personalized workplace experiences, and organizations are under pressure to rethink the future workplace in order to attract and retain talent.

Sometimes it is just the ‘simple things’ that need changing: for instance replacing high-chairs with standard chairs. At other times, employers will need to relook office space requirements based on how unique teams prefer to work and collaborate. 

In response, Lendlease has combined AI with practical software tools to create a platform to enable workplace management teams to respond to ever-changing employee needs, along with insights built on complete data sets focused on helping the workplace thrive by “correlating building data with employee data”. Through using the AI-driven platform to gather real-time data analytics and predictive recommendations, office managers and real-estate owners can, ideally, promote safer and healthier buildings that “reduce worker complaints by up to 30% and increase workplace productivity by up to 12%.”

Optimizing space, reducing carbon footprints
The Podium Property Insights platform helps users to tracks underutilized floors and meeting rooms and places in the office that have the least engagement enabling an optimal model for space usage to produce a thriving office environment. Also:

    • Tenants firm will be able to monetize non-utilized spaces at non-peak times by reconfiguring floorplate designs and adjusting for a hybrid-work model. By creating this model, tenants will attain maximum workplace performance, and grow employee engagement and retention.
    • For building owners seeking to reduce carbon footprints in their portfolios, the AI platform can monitor air quality, temperature, and acoustics across the office. It also identifies electricity intensity and use per occupant, enabling building owners to redeploy resources more efficiently.

Such real-time data and visibility can lead to safer and healthier buildings whose management teams can react quicker to ever-changing environment concerns, in light of the resilience concerns that pandemic risks have highlighted. Depending on building infrastructure design, energy consumption footprint can be reduced by 10% to 20%.  

William Ruh, Chief Executive Officer, Lendlease Digital, said that previous workplace models “are no longer sustainable, and we are all moving forward with dynamic, personalized experiences in order to attract and retain top talent,” and that smart property management platforms can transform workplaces to meet business needs of today and beyond, support the entire real estate value chain, and encourage industry collaboration and co-innovation.

According to spokespeople for platform investment partners Accenture and Google Cloud, firms need strategies for new hybrid-work models to ensure all employees have a safe, productive and efficient environment wherever they work at any given time; the smart workplace management platform will be accessible on the Google Cloud Marketplace to make it even easier for workplace managers to create workplaces where people truly thrive.