When hiring a new employee, many factors come into play: Does this person have the necessary skills and experience? Do they work well with other people? Will this person fit into our company’s general atmosphere? While you’re busy scrutinizing these potential employees, don’t forget to scrutinize your criteria for hiring. Understanding how your current employees utilize their workspace can help you when it comes to hiring new employees.
It’s no secret that workplaces are changing. Office workers in the United States used to spend an average of 5 hours and 41 minutes per day at their desks. Now, with options like “hoteling” and “hot desking” becoming increasingly popular, 48 percent of U.S. employees reported having the freedom to choose where in the office they want to work. While these flexible options promote collaboration and networking, they can also decrease productivity. So how do you know what plan is right for your workplace? Here are five things to consider:
How many employees are consistently in the office? Take note of how many employees are in the building from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Then take note of how many employees are rarely in the workplace. Workspaces belonging to employees who aren’t consistently in the office could be reassigned to those employees who work longer office hours.
Where are employees spending their time in the office? If some employees are mostly utilizing collaborative spaces, these employees could benefit from hoteling or even working remotely.
Do some employees spend a lot of time in departments other than their own? You might want to rearrange the space so that these departments are closer in proximity, to cut down on travel time.
Do employees use their assigned seats? If not, these seats could be used as hotel seats for greater convenience. Keep in mind that not all roles need an assigned desk—sales, customer service, and marketing, in particular, can be done just as well from hotel seats or remote offices.
Are there common or collaboration areas that go unused? It could be that the space is poorly designed and just doesn’t appeal to employees, or it could be that the space is unnecessary and can be repurposed.
By examining your workplace to better understand how it’s used by your current employees, you will be better equipped to hire new employees. An open concept floor plan might be a cost-cutter, but it might cost you in employee productivity if there are no noise-free or private spaces. Employees might need these places to feel comfortable for conference calls, sales or customer service calls. No matter what type of workspace you decide to use, it’s important to consider how potential employees will work in your space. If a person is easily distracted, they might not be a good fit for your open concept office. Likewise, a person who thrives in a highly social atmosphere might not like being assigned to a solitary desk. Use your knowledge of your workplace and how employees utilize it to determine which potential hires would be the best fit for you.
The VuSensor: A tiny tool with big impact for businesses
Through motion detection, sound, temperature, and facial recognition, the VuSensor gathers data on how people interact with your space, which you can use to help make important decisions for your business. VuSensor’s data exports into simple reports and customizable dashboards for your convenience and easy analysis. The sensors are low-profile, and all services are offered a la carte, so you can choose the ones that work best for your needs.