Barclays install workplace sensors to assess 'space usage'

Barclays install workplace sensors to assess 'space usage'

Reports have emerged that Barclays have installed sensors in their London offices to track how long employees are at their desks – The Independant explains.

OccupEye are devices which use heat and motion to track efficiency. According to the publication, employees found the devices under their desks, prompting them to question managers as to why they were installed. According to Bloomberg, the bank rolled out the initiative after informing Unite union workers and employees that they would be installed – however no specific memo was reportedly sent out.

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Comments (1)

  • Hans
    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 1:55pm BST
    Barclay's is not the only corporate company in the market place to perform what is commonly known as Occupancy Utilisation Studies.

    This method of workplace analysis is standard practice across the large majority of big organisation. As the workplace evolves to support more flexible working practices and new ways of working, it is important to under how the workplace is performing.

    This helps companies reduce waste, such as energy, provision of 3rd party support services and helps reduce any ongoing financial waste. As well as improve facilities too.

    What is important to understand, when a building is under utilised due to staff working more flexibly, in some instances this means that every week 20% of workspace is empty.

    That's a big value and companies need to manage this.



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