A key part of the Aberley Analytics service are the Space Utilisation Surveys (SUS). We know that our approach and reporting offer the most robust workplace data collection methodology. We count some household names amongst our current clients: IBM, John Lewis Partnership, the BBC, Transport for London and the London Stock Exchange Group.
Why would you want a survey?
We’re the experts in looking at both people and built assets and how they engage. Our clients’ drivers for a survey are varied:
- Provide data for informed decision making
- Approaching lease breaks
- Growth plans
- Acquisitions or mergers
- Post occupancy evaluations
- Significant product or service change
- Attracting new talent and retaining expert staff
- Initiatives to improve staff productivity
- Maximising the efficient use of the property portfolio
The output from the study is a detailed and easily understood report providing evidence to support the following:
- Statistical recommendations on agility ratios and team allocations to inform during engagement process
- Overview on space required to support current growth workforce ready for relocation or acquisition
- Identifying how space and design is currently used
- What size and quantity of meeting spaces are required to support the business
Our reports are usually presented to senior management and we can produce an edited report for communications to all stakeholders.
How the Audits work:
Before our survey begins, a full review of the AutoCAD drawings is completed and any updates made by our in-house space planners.
Communications: we provide a brief to let staff know what is happening: it is important to reassure people this is not about monitoring their performance, but how they use their space.
Training: we train our own experienced auditors in the client space in the week before a survey starts. At the same time, they undergo in-house induction and clearance (we have DBS cleared auditors where required).
The auditors capture data throughout the offices on handheld tablets: 10 passes a day, every hour between 8am-6pm, over 5 or 10 consecutive working days.
Aberley surveys all WorkPoints including:
- Individual desks
- Collaboration spaces (by type of furniture)
- Breakout areas
- Manager offices
- Meeting room and seats
- Specialist areas (e.g. trading floors or laboratories)