Public Sector Proptech 22 – Hybrid and hubs panel
The Matrix Booking team were delighted to hold another of our successful Hybrid and hubs panel discussion at Public Sector Proptech 22 hosted in London. The event was attended by almost 200 public sector property professionals and supported by senior figures from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Office of Government Property, Government Property Agency, RICS, the UK PropTech Association, and techUK.
Over the course of the day, delegates were given the opportunity to engage, discuss, and network with their peers. They also gathered the latest information on the challenges, technologies, case studies, and best practices in the property technology landscape.
How hybrid working has changed the way we work
Our panel started the session by highlighting that plans were already in place to transform our workplaces before Covid. They stated that in some ways Covid took us backwards as it restricted us to work at one desk and hindered the collaborative work that has been re-established in our offices today.
Other panel members commented on how they have seen Covid as a catalyst for innovation to offices and technology to support hybrid working. As a result of these changes, team members can collaborate better than before. Additionally, some organisations are also seeing a cost reduction in office space, as well as an improved experience for those who are hybrid working. This has led to a more open, transparent, and collaborate environment that has changed how the workplace is being used.
Our panel felt that offices need to adapt to the change in behaviour of people who are making use of these spaces. Using data and insights to understand how teams want to collaborate can help with this ability to adapt. They suggest establishing the following:
- Is the hybrid model working for you?
- Does the workplace provide for all needs?
- What needs are not being provided for?
Government Hubs and shared spaces
Organisations can understand customer experience and needs using occupancy sensors and data (e.g. how much meeting room space do we need versus individual desks). Our panel have found that it’s not an option to carve off space without understanding how that space is utilised.
In the commercial world, there has been a drop in the occupancy rate of offices due to the increase in hybrid working. The consensus found by Techserve is that the new hybrid way of working would mean a great return to the office after the restrictions had been lifted. However, this has not happened in the way that many have predicted or hoped.
Unoccupied workspace has meant organisations have needed to adapt these spaces. This becomes more of a challenge as it is no longer a single department using a single floor or space. Using data and intelligence, it is possible to drill down to individual workspace needs.
How each team uses a space varies. For some roles and departments, hybrid working is not possible or may not be the best solution. The office is no longer being used for meetings as video calls can be taken from home. Analysing the data tells us how the workspaces are being used and how we can change them to suit individual needs. Offices are becoming more of a venue to be creative and inventive, catch up with teams, and network with peers. The panel felt that the desk is now seen by many as being at home whilst the relationship building happens in the office.
Hybrid and hubs Series Continues…
Following on from the first in-person round table, Matrix Booking are pleased to announce further dates for other roundtable sessions both in person and online:
- NHS Property 2022 (London) – 15th November 2022
- NHS Smart Estates Conference (Virtual) – 16th November 2022
- WORKTECH (London) – 22nd November 2022
Hybrid and hubs Webinar (Online) – 19th January 2023 Government Property 23 (London) – 8th February 2023
If you are interested in becoming a panel member, please do get in touch with our team. We would be delighted to welcome you to the conversation.