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The majority of companies are relying on human instinct to manage office returns, according to new findings from OpenSensors, a technology company that provides data-driven workplace transformation solutions.
Less than half of companies were using data from booking systems (46 per cent) and occupancy data (44 per cent). While over one in five companies relied only on feedback from senior leadership teams to make decisions.
Research has shown that temperature, humidity and occupancy are critical factors for reducing virus transmission and ensuring a safe office environment.

While nearly 70 percent measure temperature, 55 percent measure humidity and less than half measure particulate matter, which is crucial for monitoring air quality.
Pre-COVID, only 35 percent of offices made improvements to ventilation, with companies investing more in increasing collaboration zones, desk space, meeting rooms and office decor. 

Yodit Stanton, CEO and founder of OpenSensors, commented: “Returning to the office and changing routines can be emotionally fraught for employers and employees alike. Yet many employers are limited in the tools and information they are using to make decisions on how to manage this.?
Companies need to consider office conditions to support employee wellbeing. Too many companies are relying only on manual surveys and employee feedback to make decisions. Listening to your employees is critical, yet there needs to be evidence to assure them that you are supporting a safe return in the right environment.”

The research also indicated that fewer companies than expected are reducing office space, while nearly half (47 per cent) expected companies’ real estate portfolios to change.

The online survey of 1076 respondents took place from April – May 2021. To access the full survey report, visit:
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OpenSensors is a technology company that delivers data-powered workplace transformation solutions. Our technology works seamlessly, behind the scenes, to reveal workplace and workforce patterns and conditions that generate the insight required for confident evidence-based decision-making. We help all stakeholders: Employees, Facility Management, HR, IT and Finance to deliver safe, agile and cost-effective work environments. OpenSensor’s mission is to make human, social, economic and environmental sustainability a reality for every workplace in the world. Learn more: