Occupancy monitoring has always been beneficial for commercial real estate operators and tenants alike. The recent COVID-19 pandemic acted as a catalyst to further accelerate its use, and companies are now quickly adopting it as a safety measure. 

With social distancing and work shift rules in place, occupancy management has become a necessity. Besides, real-time occupancy data is imperative to implement safety measures. Monitoring of office space, analyzing attendance trends, and undertaking regular health surveys are essential to provide a healthy and safe environment for employees. 

Let’s see some of ways occupancy management helps with getting employees back to the workplace safely.

Safe Working Environment

Hygiene and cleaning are perhaps the top-most priority for employees returning to the workplace. Proper cleaning schedules and management can help many people to return without anxiety. Real-time occupancy management can help you understand which areas are used the most and which are utilized less, or not at all. It will ensure proper cleaning and thus improve productivity. 

According to health experts, the COVID-19 virus can be detected on different surfaces like steel, copper, and cardboard for many hours. Thus, occupancy monitoring tools and their reporting features can help identify places where the human touch is most probable. For example, lunch space, doorknobs, bathroom, faucet, etc. 

Compliance with Government Regulations

Government authorities have laid down specific COVID-19 rules and regulations concerning workplaces. It includes social distancing, limiting the number of employees, and work shifts. Thus, real-time occupancy monitoring will help companies to comply with government regulations and prevent over-crowding of spaces. 

COVID-19 health survey

Various studies have shown that employees are apprehensive about going back to the office. Anxiety and stress related to the pandemic are common among people today. Regular COVID-19 health surveys, the contact tracing of employees, and automatic exposure tracking can help prevent spreading it. 

Efficient Space Utilization 

The real-time heat maps of different rooms in a workplace enable company management to analyze the attendance trends, work patterns, and use of different spaces by the employees. This in turn helps companies to gauge how much office space is required for keeping safe distance protocols. Informed decisions regarding downsizing, space re-allocation, and cost-savings are possible as well. 

Additionally, you can control the flow of people in a given area by sharing the information with concerned authorities or managers handling the building/office. 

Facility Management 

Occupancy monitoring can help better understand occupancy patterns in an office space. The number of people coming and going out in a given period, average time spent in a room, free spaces, among others, can all be analyzed. 

Also, companies would now need to know if there is any free space available. A glance at the occupancy monitoring dashboard can easily provide this piece of information. It will help in limiting the number of people occupying any space at any specific time. 

Yardi Corom’s Occupancy Management Software can help in the safe return of your employees after COVID-19. Corom Occupancy Management software helps you with understanding occupancy metrics, employee attendance trends, and it allows your employees to reserve space and book meeting rooms, take health surveys and enable contact tracing. For more details, book a demo today and explore the benefits of Corom Occupancy Management.

Sanziana Bona

Sanziana Bona is a content marketing writer for Yardi Corom, a cloud-based software solution designed for commercial tenants and corporate occupiers and Yardi Kube, an all-in-one coworking management platform. She covers many commercial real estate related topics including FASB/IFRS compliance, lease accounting, coworking and flexile spaces, and more. You can connect with Sanziana via email.

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