Planning your workplace re-entry? Raleigh firm launches tracking map to help

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RALEIGH — Planning your workplace re-entry? You don’t have to do it alone.

FM:Systems, a global workplace management technology provider based in Raleigh, today launched a new Workplace Reopening Tracker map that shows when and where organizations are moving people back into their offices.

The tracker is based on actual space utilization data and activity levels from various FM:Systems solutions.

The company, which manages over 3 billion square feet across 80 countries, said this active map is intended to be a complementary tool to help organizations more efficiently prepare for a safe return to work.

“The coronavirus outbreak has caused an unprecedented exodus of office workers around the world, bringing workplace utilization from a peak of 60 percent in early 2020 to merely four percent shortly after the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic,” said Kurt von Koch, CEO of FM:Systems, in a statement. “Now, as governments reopen around the world, we are offering the Workplace Reopening Tracker as a free tool for employers, facility managers, HR executives and real estate teams to see how other organizations are currently reopening geographically and worldwide.”

This map view indicates what percent of each country’s average utilization rate is at a given date, ranging from 0 percent of the average utilization to over 100 percent of their average utilization rate.

Key trends from the FM:Systems Workplace Reopening Tracker include:

  • Top 10 utilization rate increases by country
  • Total workplace utilization percentage rate globally compared to the 4 percent crash
  • Top countries with the highest space utilization/reopening rates (i.e., total utilization percentage)

“The uniqueness of COVID-19 makes it difficult for workplaces to effectively respond and prepare for a reopening. As state and local governments decide how and when to reopen businesses, data on office utilization can support educated decisions for the safety of the global workforce and the correlating community impact,” said Ibrahim Yate, industry analyst at Verdantix.

“By making this data available, FM:Systems takes an innovative approach to arm the economy with the right tools and information for facility re-entry. The Workplace Reopening Tracker indicates trends for which countries are the gold standard in reopening and which can review, refine and accordingly adjust their strategy.”

Original Post By: WRAL TechWire