Companies often have more space than they think. They just haven’t figured out how to use it effectively. Research shows that, across industries, workstations are not occupied 60 percent of the time; conference room seating is rarely used to full capacity; and private offices are unoccupied fully 77 percent of the time.
Sometimes companies already have an idea of their space utilization because they’ve done bed checks. But bed checks aren’t always accurate—or even close. One company’s bed-check report showed a 67 percent dedicated space utilization, but the wireless sensors we installed as part of our space utilization service showed the actual utilization was just 38 percent. Getting a grip on your space utilization can help you part with the space you don’t need and use the space you do need effectively.