Understand the effectiveness of your workspace with our Workplace Observation Study
26th September 2023
Space is a valuable asset for all businesses and with more companies providing hybrid or flexible working policies, the way a space is used has never been more important.
Formerly the Space Utilisation Study, the Workplace Observation Study is a reshaped service that’s been updated to accommodate current business challenges regarding the workforce, and provides additional service support to help leaders get the most out of their workplace portfolio.
Suki Reilly, Director at MovePlan: “Fully understanding how a workspace is used is key in creating efficient and effective workplaces for your people. Identifying the behaviours in your workspaces helps to set your workplace strategy and build the right culture for your business.”
MovePlan’s in-person service provides a physical observation of a workspace. In real-time, the MovePlan team will analyse how spaces are used and the behaviours exhibited within them: which spaces are used at various points in the working day, where people sit, where they group, how desk space and shared space is used.
Fully understanding how a workspace is used is key in creating efficient and effective workplaces for your people. It helps build the right culture for your business
— Suki Reilly, Director
This knowledge can be applied to your workplace strategy to support your people in working at their peak performance and maximise efficiencies across the business.
Specifically, the observation study can also help identify how equipment is being used. “Just by being present, we can pick up on things that we wouldn’t otherwise observe. For example, whether your people are using the monitors installed on desks, or just their laptops. By noticing this detail, we can save a business thousands of dollars by recommending they review their purchasing plans for future installations. This is especially relevant in laboratories. By qualifying the usage of a piece of equipment, teams can decide whether items are needed, freeing up valuable space and helping create a lab workspace that is efficient for all.”
The studies can be applied to all types of spaces, across any sector. The service MovePlan offers all clients is fully customisable and adds a level of understanding and analysis beyond the industry-wide sensor surveys/technology available. Behaviours captured are developed specifically for each study, and the team then imports raw data after the study is complete. This allows deep analysis of a particular area, behaviour, even piece of furniture that the client may be interested in, and translates to appropriate action. “Our reporting is very client specific and customised – focusing on the specific needs and concerns of the client, which means it can directly improve workspace use to ensure immediate effectiveness.”
Our reporting is very client specific and customised - focusing on the specific needs and concerns of the client; it directly improves workspace use to ensure immediate effectiveness
— Suki Reilly, Director
Indeed, the relevant data and insights collected and shared in the report allows business leaders to fully understand the purpose behind a workspace and provides recommendations on the best ways for the space to be used more effectively or efficiently. “By coming into the heart of your workplace to observe the behaviours within the spaces, we are able to define how it’s being used, and what you can be doing differently to make the most out of a very important asset.”
To find out more about our Workplace Observation Studies, head to our website, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org