Workplace Management Software

Workplace management software covers all facilities, assets, services, technologies and processes that enhance the workplace experience. With enhanced workplace management, organisations are enabled to achieve greater efficiency and productivity, as well as experience financial benefits.

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Workplace management exceeds the scope of traditional facility management functions as it aims to enhance workforce productivity and collaboration. It is a strategic instrument that supports business goals and provides measurable value. Workplace management software is a continuous process that allows organisations to aim for the optimum in workplace performance. Today’s top performing businesses have one thing in common: they acknowledge the importance of an engaging workplace environment that helps employees to be successful.

Whether it’s the management of a single desk or of complex worldwide real estate portfolios, workplace management software unifies all the processes that optimise your workplace, improve productivity and streamline the workplace experience; from strategic planning to operational utilisation, from catering to security, and from maintenance to services management.

The benefits of workplace management software

In addition to increased productivity, professional workplace management software can contribute to cost efficiency and reduction. For example, spaces and workplaces seem to be well utilised, however research shows that occupancy rates vary. Expensive facilities like meeting rooms, fleet or special equipment have low occupancy rates relative to their costs.

Improving workplace utilisation, including space, is in many cases driven by the introduction of new workplace concepts. Innovative organisations aim to increase collaboration and productivity with activity-based workplace concepts and services, allowing people to decide where, when, how and with whom they work.

 


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Infographics 16/07/2020
Infographic - Adapting to the New Now

Download this infographic for a comprehensive checklist for creating a workplace re-entry plan. 

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Brochure - Planon Agile Workplace Management

Planon's Agile Workplace Management software allows employees and facility professions to have an overview of available workspaces and manage meeting rooms. 

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Brochure - Planon Workplace Engagement App

The Planon Workplace Engagement App provides workplace users with a mobile solution to explore, navigate and use facilities and services within the work environment in a simple, effective and efficient way. 

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Three levels of workplace optimisation

Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) supports organisations in their continuous search for workplace optimisation on three levels:

1. Strategic level of workplace management

On a strategic level, workplace management ensures a full, long-term alignment with the company’s strategy, both in business strategy and workplace strategy. Business growth, entering new markets, cultural and demographical aspects, HR policies - they all impact the size and type of your workplace offering. Workplace strategies include transformations from fixed to flexible or shared workplace concepts, new collaboration concepts, and policies around working from home. These all affect your future needs for real estate, space, facilities, services and processes.

In addition to portfolio and actual space information, an IWMS contains valuable occupancy and utilisation information that is of great importance for strategic decision making. Strategic space and workplace planning functions allow you to forecast future needs and create scenarios around different workplace concepts. As a result, you maximise alignment of your workplace strategy with core business goals.

2. Tactical level of workplace management

At the tactical workplace management level, the aim is to implement the chosen strategy successfully, monitor and validate workplace performance continuously and improve where needed. This process includes all space and workplace optimisation projects as well as managing changes that are initiated by the business.

67% of knowledge workers left their previous employer partly because their workplace was not optimised for them

An IWMS supports tactical workplace management with a wide diversity of utilisation, occupancy and cost analyses, and tools to plan and manage any change. In most cases an IWMS includes integration with Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems to visualise actual and forecasted utilisations. Project management, movement management, scenario planning, and financial back-charge functions complete the toolbox for space and workplace managers on a tactical level.

3. Operational level of Workplace Management

Operational excellence and agility are key prerequisites for successful workplace management. Try to imagine what happens when people enter the office and cannot find a free desk to work from, or cannot collaborate with their colleagues, or discover that a meeting room they had reserved is being used by someone else. Avoiding chaos in daily operations and facilitating employees with smart solutions to reserve, find or use the facilities they need drives the business value of workplace management.

An IWMS enables the reservation of meeting rooms, specific workspaces, and even the ability to book a flexible workplace ‘on-the-fly’. That information, combined with sensor technology leads to a powerful combination, helping people find an appropriate, available workspace while giving facility managers the tools they need to reduce building vacancies and align services and energy consumption to the actual usage of the building.

Why Employee Engagement Matters

Employee engagement describes how well employees are committed to the goals and values of their organisation. A high level of employee engagement will lead to increased productivity, more innovation, and better staff retention.

Workplace and facility managers can have a significant influence on levels of employee engagement. It starts by recognising that employees and other building users are at the heart of a successful workplace strategy.

Employees need to explore, navigate, and use the facilities and services within their work environment. Smart companies are providing all employees with these capabilities via a convenient smartphone app.

Communication with a building’s users about workplace availability and meeting facilities requires a user-centric approach. In some cases, an employee would like to see where workspaces are available even before they enter a building. An app supplies capacity and availability information and allows employees to reserve workspaces and meeting rooms.

In the building, people are guided via screens with indicators of availability via a floor plan showing information on workspaces and rooms that are either occupied, reserved, or available. Employees can use the app to reserve a desk simply by scanning a QR code or swiping an RFID tag.

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Global success stories

Case Study - Bayer Real Estate

Michael Müller, Managing Director Bayer Real Estate: "Successful RE and FM with Planon."

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Michigan State University Selects Planon’s Integrated Campus Management Technology

Michigan State University has selected Planon’s Integrated Workplace Management System for their campus management.

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Brown University Selects Planon’s Facility Management Technology

Brown University (United States) has taken a major step forward with initiatives to enhance facility management across its campus through the selection of Planon’s integrated workplace management system (IWMS).

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