“Usage doesn’t change,” said Shevon Ryan, chief customer success and author of the report at XY Sense. Australian Financial Review. “We’re not seeing this massive peak of people coming back.”

Authorizations are not enough

More than seven in 10 employers globally have made a mandate to return to the office, according to an April 2023 survey of 6,650 business leaders conducted by workplace design firm Unispace.

But Ms. Ryan said “no one is actually doing it” and instead many have turned their focus to redesigning their workplaces to better meet the needs of their employees.

“Customers and prospects tell us there is a growing consensus that simply hoping to adopt RTO (return to the office) guidelines is not enough,” Ms. Ryan wrote in the report.

“Mandates combined with strong efforts to make workplaces more productive and attractive is the most effective combination for many industries.”

Mrs. Ryan said: Financial review Australian companies are adding more meeting space to their offices as data shows that employees often come to collaborate with their peers.

Domino Resch, director of commercial and workplace sector at architecture firm Hassel, said home working has become so ingrained that organizations must now earn higher levels of office presence by ensuring their workplaces support employees “to be individually productive and socially connected.” “.

“[Employers should provide]experiences that are in line with purpose and (enrich) lives by making people happier and healthier in the office,” she said. “Success lies in the carrot, not in the stick.”

Tuesday through Thursday is the new normal

XY Sense data also confirms previous reports that Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are the most popular days to come to the office. Workplaces are 84 percent busier these days than Mondays or Fridays, and Tuesday remains the most popular day to visit the office worldwide.

The report aggregated data from privacy-preserving sensors in 24,885 workspaces in nine countries, including more than 27 office locations in Australia covering more than 68,000 employees.

The average usage rate was highest in the UK at 52 per cent, compared to 35 per cent in Asia Pacific, 27 per cent in Australia and 20 per cent in North America.

XY Sense calculates average usage for a given workspace as a percentage of total active spaces to total spaces, “where a space is considered ‘active’ if it exceeds the daily limit for total usage time.” The daily limit was 60 minutes of activity per day for collaboration spaces and 30 minutes of activity per day for desks and cubicles, or “work points.”

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