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Abundance of workstations in the Office

In contrast to recent articles there is an abundance of workstationss in offices in Glassgow and Edinburgh. At least that is what is said in a press release from Amos Beech, which it refers to office occupancy data collected in 2017 with their IotSpace occupancy measurement tool. About 35 percent of workstations were available and more than 40 percent of the meeting rooms were vacant during office hours. Amos Beech recognises these figures and see similar occupancy measurements when its analyses offices in preparation for office refurbishment in Glasgow and relocations within the Scottish Central Belt. 


Abundance of workstations in the Office 


“We don’t want to downplay the user frustrations with flexible working and hot desking”, says Sam James of IotSpace, “the contradiction between the genuine availability of office space and the user experience that an office is crowded is, is obvious. “


According to Sam James of Amos Beech you can solve this paradoxical situation by understanding; not only for facilities management, but also for users. “The ‘smarting up’ of the working environment will only leads to sustainable results, if it benefits the users as well. For example, if they have real-time insight that 35 percent of the  workplaces are free then this will give them the ability to choose, instead of frustration. It is worth to realise that there is a difference in the user need, as the demand for concentration workspaces requires a different availability of workstations than the demand for collaboration workplaces or meeting rooms.”



(an agile working example at Unilever)


This is what IotSpace in combination with Smart Workspace Information Management aims to achieve. By ‘making the office smart’ the office space can be better downsised to appropriate volumes without the loss of hospitality, job satisfaction or productivity. in addittion to this, the use of energy, catering and commuting time can be improved. The hard figures are that a workplace costs per annum an average of 8,600 pounds. If you manage to capitalyse on the excess then you can save up to 1,000 pounds per workplace annually. 


Amos Beech and iotspot, the Dutch developer of the app powering iotSpace have found each other last year. For Amos Beech, as workplace consultants the research into real workplace utilisation data was the missing link. Measuring realtime office occupancy data with IotSpace will enable us better to advice our customers with their real esstate and space planning. The ‘Plug & Play’ implementation of Iotspace in the office environment help our customers in shaping their future with smart office environments.”



IotSpace provides a “smart” future where everyone can work, study or create where and when he wants to. It will lead to increased productivity, encourage collaboration and limit the commute. Such a future requires a shift to welcoming agile working environments and new ways of working. Amos Beech works together with business service organisations and property owners to realise the profusion of optimal space planning and iotSpace plays a key role in achieving this. 


Amos Beech Workplace Consultants facilitates change. The focus is on real estate utilisation, facility processes and connecting cultural change by implementing smart interior design and space planning. Organisations experience growth, shrink, change, move … etc. Sometimes these changes are stopped by the inflexibility of the working environment and is a significant change needed to accommodate tthe desired growth and development. That is the fine line where Amos Beech acts as a consultant and project manager, together with the customer. It operates within the business and takes tthe corporate identity of the client into account. Amos Beech translates this into the work environment for the employee well-being and productivity of the organisation.