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Top 10 Germiest Places at Work

Compiled by SpaceIQ

We spend more than 90,000 hours of our lives in the office, and our hands come in contact with a lot of items that aren’t the most sanitary. Here are the top 10 workplace items and areas that may make you want to wash your hands—a lot—in our COVID-19 world.

 

Keyboard/Mouse

Those crumbs aren’t the only things stuck in your computer keyboard. An estimated 16 million microbes that can include E.Coli, Staph, salmonella, and norovirus (a cousin of COVID-19) cover the nooks and crannies. Your mouse? There’s 46,000 times more icky stuff than on a toilet flush handle. Clean It Up: Sanitize at least once a week with antibacterial wipes; spray between keys with canned air. And don’t forget your cell phone!

 

Desk

Research by the University of Arizona found that your desk harbors 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat and is 100 times less hygienic than your kitchen table. Common cold microbes can last on a desktop for 72 hours; dangerous bugs like MRSA can last up to seven months. Clean It Up: Wipe the top down at least once a week with antibacterial wipes. Do your office chair handles at the same time.

 

Cell & Desktop Phones

Your phones may be even worse than your desktop, with an average of 25,000 germs per square inch. Think about where you take your cell phone, then consider you check it 50 times a day. And do you know who else is using your desk phone? Clean It Up: For cell phones, remove the case and use approved cleaning products so you don’t fry the circuits. Use a soft rag and disinfectant on desk phone keys and headset.

 

Coffee Mug

According to WebMD, communal coffee mugs may not be the best to use in your office. One study found that even when they’re washed and dried, about 90% had significant germs, including some with fecal matter (that’s poop). Clean It Up: The problem isn’t with who uses them, it’s how they’re cleaned. Ideally, run mugs through a full dishwasher cycle that uses hot water and detergent. If you hand wash, make sure brushes and sponges are clean, use hot water, and rinse in a diluted bleach solution.

Kitchen Sponge

Know why your coffee mugs are riddled with poop germs? Blame it on the sponge. These popular cleaning items are wet and absorbent, which makes them perfect for breeding germs. Most new sponges will have bacteria like E.Coli and salmonella within three weeks, according to WebMD. Clean It Up:  Put the sponge in the microwave at least once a day for two minutes to kill most bacteria. Don’t leave it in the bottom of the sink; place it in a drying rack. Don’t wait for the sponge to disintegrate–replace it every two weeks.

Refrigerators

Did that take-out container just move? It wouldn’t be surprising, considering how long people leave leftovers in an office fridge. And it all might be making you sick. One study found the average refrigerator contains about 7,900 bacteria CFU (colony forming units) per square inch. A UK study found the produce drawer houses 750 times the amount of safe bacteria. Clean It Up:  Clean out and wipe down the office fridge every two days with a strong antibacterial cleanser.

Non-Automatic Soap Dispensers

You go to the bathroom and you wash your hands. Nice and clean, right? Not if you used a manual soap dispenser. A University of Arizona researcher found fecal matter on 25% of all office soap dispensers. Clean It Up: If you touch the handle, don’t worry. Scrub your hands and nails for at least 20 seconds and rinse under warm water. But most people stink at washing their hands, so you might want to use antibacterial hand products after using the restroom…just in case.

 

Copier Start Button

Copiers may be going out of style, but they still see a lot of use—particularly, the Start button. Template maker Hloom found that this single button had more than 1.2 billion germ CFU (colony forming units) per square inch. The average school toilet seat? 3,200 CFU. Thank goodness for the cloud. Clean It Up:  Sanitize the entire copier keypad with antibacterial wipes or a soft cloth with disinfectant at least once a week.

 

 

Kitchen Sink and Faucet

When it comes to germs, the office kitchen sink and faucet may be the dirtiest. Scientists use an ATP measurement to determine the presence of bacteria on surfaces. An ATP level for a clean surface is 25. Kimberly-Clark researchers found 75% of office faucet handles had ATP counts of 300 or higher. If that doesn’t prompt you to go out to lunch, metal sink drains registered ATP levels of 1,391. Clean It Up: Keep dirty dishes out of the sink. Scrub the bowl, drain, and faucet at least once a week with a clean rag or sponge and antibacterial cleaning solution.

 

Water Fountain

South University researchers found that the spigot on a public water fountain can harbor as many as 2.7 million bacteria per square inch. And standalone water coolers aren’t any better. Employees routinely touch the spigot to fill glasses and bottles with germ-laden hands. Clean It Up: Wipe spigots with antibacterial wipes at least once a week. Even better, bring a water bottle from home and make sure not to touch the spigot when filling. Run your water bottle through the dishwasher at least once a week.

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Top 10 Germiest Places at Work

We spend more than 90,000 hours of our lives in the office, and our hands come in contact with a lot of items that aren’t the most sanitary. Here are the top 10 workplace items and areas that may make you want to wash your hands—a lot—in our COVID-19 world.


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Keyboard/Mouse

Those crumbs aren’t the only things stuck in your computer keyboard. An estimated 16 million microbes that can include E.Coli, Staph, salmonella, and norovirus (a cousin of COVID-19) cover the nooks and crannies. Your mouse? There’s 46,000 times more icky stuff than on a toilet flush handle. Clean It Up: Sanitize at least once a week with antibacterial wipes; spray between keys with canned air. And don’t forget your cell phone!


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Desk

Research by the University of Arizona found that your desk harbors 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat and is 100 times less hygienic than your kitchen table. Common cold microbes can last on a desktop for 72 hours; dangerous bugs like MRSA can last up to seven months. Clean It Up: Wipe the top down at least once a week with antibacterial wipes. Do your office chair handles at the same time.



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Cell & Desktop Phones

Your phones may be even worse than your desktop, with an average of 25,000 germs per square inch. Think about where you take your cell phone, then consider you check it 50 times a day. And do you know who else is using your desk phone? Clean It Up: For cell phones, remove the case and use approved cleaning products so you don’t fry the circuits. Use a soft rag and disinfectant on desk phone keys and headset.

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Coffee Mug

According to WebMD, communal coffee mugs may not be the best to use in your office. One study found that even when they’re washed and dried, about 90% had significant germs, including some with fecal matter (that’s poop). Clean It Up: The problem isn’t with who uses them, it’s how they’re cleaned. Ideally, run mugs through a full dishwasher cycle that uses hot water and detergent. If you hand wash, make sure brushes and sponges are clean, use hot water, and rinse in a diluted bleach solution.

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Kitchen Sponge

Know why your coffee mugs are riddled with poop germs? Blame it on the sponge. These popular cleaning items are wet and absorbent, which makes them perfect for breeding germs. Most new sponges will have bacteria like E.Coli and salmonella within three weeks, according to WebMD. Clean It Up:  Put the sponge in the microwave at least once a day for two minutes to kill most bacteria. Don’t leave it in the bottom of the sink; place it in a drying rack. Don’t wait for the sponge to disintegrate–replace it every two weeks.



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Refrigerators

Did that take-out container just move? It wouldn’t be surprising, considering how long people leave leftovers in an office fridge. And it all might be making you sick. One study found the average refrigerator contains about 7,900 bacteria CFU (colony forming units) per square inch. A UK study found the produce drawer houses 750 times the amount of safe bacteria. Clean It Up:  Clean out and wipe down the office fridge every two days with a strong antibacterial cleanser.

Photo Credit: Andrey Popov, Adobe Licensed Image

Non-Automatic Soap Dispensers

You go to the bathroom and you wash your hands. Nice and clean, right? Not if you used a manual soap dispenser. A University of Arizona researcher found fecal matter on 25% of all office soap dispensers. Clean It Up: If you touch the handle, don’t worry. Scrub your hands and nails for at least 20 seconds and rinse under warm water. But most people stink at washing their hands, so you might want to use antibacterial hand products after using the restroom…just in case.



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Copier Start Button

Copiers may be going out of style, but they still see a lot of use—particularly, the Start button. Template maker Hloom found that this single button had more than 1.2 billion germ CFU (colony forming units) per square inch. The average school toilet seat? 3,200 CFU. Thank goodness for the cloud. Clean It Up:  Sanitize the entire copier keypad with antibacterial wipes or a soft cloth with disinfectant at least once a week.


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Kitchen Sink and Faucet

When it comes to germs, the office kitchen sink and faucet may be the dirtiest. Scientists use an ATP measurement to determine the presence of bacteria on surfaces. An ATP level for a clean surface is 25. Kimberly-Clark researchers found 75% of office faucet handles had ATP counts of 300 or higher. If that doesn’t prompt you to go out to lunch, metal sink drains registered ATP levels of 1,391. Clean It Up: Keep dirty dishes out of the sink. Scrub the bowl, drain, and faucet at least once a week with a clean rag or sponge and antibacterial cleaning solution.

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Water Fountain

South University researchers found that the spigot on a public water fountain can harbor as many as 2.7 million bacteria per square inch. And standalone water coolers aren’t any better. Employees routinely touch the spigot to fill glasses and bottles with germ-laden hands. Clean It Up: Wipe spigots with antibacterial wipes at least once a week. Even better, bring a water bottle from home and make sure not to touch the spigot when filling. Run your water bottle through the dishwasher at least once a week.

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Checklist: Employee Relocation

There are many reasons behind moving your business to a new workplace. Regardless of the drivers, ensuring proper employee relocation is crucial. Appropriate move planning, clear communication, and precision execution will help eliminate move-related confusion and get operations running again as soon as possible. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind as you’re planning a move:

  • Phase I—Planning the Move: Get the specifics of your move fleshed out and measure the scope of the relocation as the first part of your plan.
    • Identify goals and establish a timeline
    • Assemble a winning team
    • Analyze your current location
    • Determine changes in staffing levels
    • Hire a designer
  • Phase II—Logistics and Details: Identify variables to address before, during, and after the move.
    • Assess space layout options
    • Finalize documentation
    • Research movers
    • Determine day-of logistics
    • Manage vendors
    • Handle inventory
    • Draft the move
  • Phase III—Move Communication: Openly share move logistics with employees and coordinate tactics to minimize confusion.
    • Announce the move
    • Answer questions
    • Assign seating
    • Publish move instructions
    • Plan the IT move
    • Publish rules and protocols
    • Arrange transportation and accessibility
    • Organize the packing and unpacking
  • Phase IV—Move Day: Make detailed lists to track the actual relocation of assets and your employees.
    • Confirm essential relocation details
    • Take inventory
    • Perform walkthroughs

Moving can be hugely disruptive to your workforce. With the right approach, sound planning, and proper communication, it’s possible to minimize confusion and improve move efficiency. Don’t forget to download our Guide to Moving Employees the Right Way.

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Checklist: Space Allocation and Productivity

The way workplaces are organized and how people utilize workspaces are both changing. Keeping abreast of these trends means understanding how space allocation and productivity are related. SpaceIQ studied data on workplace evolution and created a sound approach to identify meaningful trends. Here’s what you need to know about changing demands of space allocation and how these changes impact worker productivity:

  • Better conceptualize and leverage the workplace’s many facets and recognize it as an asset.
    • How can your workplace save money?
    • How does your workplace generate revenue?
    • Is your workplace a compelling community?
    • What shortcomings exist in your current workplace?
  • Gather analytics to better understand workplace cost and productivity components. Then, identify improvement areas and stay abreast of trends.
    • Pinpoint and address major costs
      • Employee-related expenses
      • Workplace expenses
      • IT expenses
      • Marketing costs
      • Other expenses
    • Predict trends and setbacks affecting space availability
      • Rental growth trends
      • Office rental values
      • Office vacancy rates
      • Demand for rental space
    • Improve the quality of real estate and workplace data available to you
      • Get complete data, not siloed figures
      • Ensure automation of data collection
      • Standardize data for easier trend aggregation
      • Capture and review data in a timely manner
      • Invest in demographic data and predictive analysis
  • Utilize available square footage to the fullest, with smarter allocation, by leveraging robust data and analytics and larger market trends.
    • Understand workplace design trends and the philosophy behind them
    • Understand the shift away from personal space to agile workspaces
    • Explore the merits of activity-based workspaces
    • Actualize the evolving workspace by exploring new allocations
    • Use the Internet of Things (IoT) and expanding technologies to innovate the workplace
  • Create a workplace that offers employees experiential benefits, as well as proper space allocation and space design to facilitate maximum productivity.
    • Deliver a modern workplace experience that’s culture-focused
    • Provide essential workplace elements to improve productivity
      • Individual workspaces
      • Adjustable work environments
      • Noise management solutions
      • Access to IT resources
    • Integrate employee choice as a factor in workplace design
    • Look at how people work and mold the workplace around them
    • Make the space reflect the culture, delivering a positive experience

The workplace more complex than just one or two variables. Space allocation demands are changing and productivity expectations are following them. Download our Workplace Productivity Industry Overview and learn more about viewing your workplace through the lens of opportunity.

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Workplace Metrics Checklist

No decision should ever be made without supporting data. In fact, any decision without data is a guess at best. When it comes to workplace optimization, metrics are everything. Using data-driven metrics provides insights needed to make informed choices and smart adjustments. Take a look at the best metrics to measure and how to use that information for workplace improvements.

  • Define your company and get a feel for your market position to better understand the metrics you should be benchmarking and data trends worth examining.
    • Start-up
    • Established and expanding
    • Established and consolidating
    • Optimizing
    • Decentralized
  • Determine your goals to better your current business model and prepare for future growth. Use data to understand where you are in relation to these goals.
    • Conserve or eliminate costs
    • Improve workforce efficiency
    • Optimize space utilization
    • Enhance workplace culture
    • Expand or consolidate facilities
    • Reorganize workstations
    • Update or improve facilities
  • Use workplace technologies and informative resources to capture relevant data points about your intended variables.
    • Occupancy sensors to measure room utilization and usage trends
    • Desk sensors to track, in real time, when a space is occupied
    • Wayfinding apps and beacons to monitor workspace utilization
    • Badge access checkpoints to track employee entries, and departures
    • Smart light bulbs, thermostats, and other devices to monitoring energy costs
  • How are you going to measure progress? Determine growth metrics and consider the datasets that provide the information needed to reach your goals.
    • Workplace costs per employee
    • Workplace Net Promoter Score (NPS)
    • Office space and employees
    • Occupancy
    • Employee friction
    • Real estate portfolio efficiency and ROI
    • Real estate agility
    • Service quality
  • After collecting data, evaluate changes and check them against goals. Reset goals and adjust where evidence suggests improvements can be made.

Making well-informed decisions about workplace management starts with the right workplace metrics. Want more information on benchmarking your own metrics? Download our guide to learn more about how your workplace measures up against some of the most important Key Metrics for Workplace Professionals.

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Checklist: Workplace Productivity

Many factors play pivotal roles in workplace productivity. The workplace is central to them all. Understanding how your staff interacts with the workplace and what sentiments it drives is key to providing a work environment conducive to productivity. First, you’ll need to do a deep dive into factors affecting employee satisfaction, engagement, and performance.

  • Focus on understanding how employee performance is measured and what factors translate into productivity.
    • Employee satisfaction: How satisfied employees are with work arrangements
    • Employee engagement: How employees are connected to and vested in their job
  • Understand the variables dictating workplace performance as they relate to space and facilities management.
    • Access
      • To management for mentorship
      • To resources and tools
      • To processes and protocols
    • Flexibility
      • In work hours
      • In work location
      • In how work gets done
    • Personal connections
      • To coworkers
      • To management
      • To the brand or company
    • Collaboration
      • Amongst work groups
      • Amongst partners
      • Amongst vendors
    • Culture and work environment
      • Experiential
      • Engaging
      • Elevating
  • Use space management software to understand how employees interact with the workplace and make adjustments to align with the variables that drive productivity.

Clarity around variables that dictate performance and productivity requires close inspection of your existing workplace. Download our guide to further Unlock the Secrets to a More Productive Workplace and see what encourages employees to do their best work.

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Checklist: Beacons and Sensors in the Workplace

The office of the future is smart and capable, powered by an entire Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. Soon, workplace beacons and sensors will be the primary drivers of space allocation and utilization insights. In order for these technologies to provide robust data and actionable information, sensors and beacons must be properly integrated in the workplace. Here’s a few tips:

  • Learn more about available sensor and beacon technologies and what powers them in  data collection efforts.
    • Bluetooth
    • Wi-Fi
    • Other
  • Understand the different types of workplace sensors and their roles in the office IoT.
    • Gas sensors
    • Humidity sensors
    • IR sensors
    • Motion detectors
    • Proximity sensors
    • Smoke sensors
    • Temperature sensors
  • Explore your business’ need for sensors and the data that comes from them; then determine how to use data for workplace improvements.
    • What is the primary function of the sensor? Secondary?
    • What does it need to do in order to provide you with relevant data?
    • Where will it be installed within your facilities?
    • What kind of data will it provide to facilities managers?
  • Delegate data aggregation rules, including where it’s stored, how often it’s collected, where it’s archived, and for how long.
  • Determine integration logistics to ensure beacons and sensors are a viable investment. Factors to consider include:
    • Pricing and fees
    • Integration logistics
    • Employee privacy
    • Scalability
    • Building considerations
    • Lifespan and upgrades
    • Brand name

With so many variables for sensors and beacons, each demands careful consideration. Explore the possibilities of IoT technologies with a focus on both immediate and long-term needs. Start Planning Your Integrated Workplace today with the insights offered by our free sensor and beacon guide.

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Nine Advantages of Cloud-Based Facilities Management Software

Facilities management software is shifting to a new paradigm: Software-as-a-service (SaaS). Cloud-based SaaS software offers more features, better reliability, lower costs, and more opportunities for customization—allowing businesses to streamline operations like never before. Before making the switch to a cloud-based platform, take a look at nine advantages of a SaaS option like SpaceIQ.

1. Accessible anywhere

The browser-based nature of SaaS facilities management platforms means they’re accessible from virtually anywhere. Because your software exists in the cloud, it’s available whenever you need it. This is particularly useful in two ways:

  1. For facilities managers who need mobile insights within their office space, such as getting floor plan data about the third floor while orchestrating a move to the sixth floor
  2. For real estate managers who have a portfolio of properties spanning multiple geographic locations. Being able to get instant occupancy data about offices in Shanghai, New York, and London makes managing global operations more efficient

Logging on anywhere there’s an internet connection puts facilities managers in a position to be more accurate and thorough in their strategies, instead of guessing or relying on outmoded information across spreadsheets or hand-written notes. Real-time insight yields real-time results through better decision-making.

2. Device Agnostic

No more Mac vs. PC or iOS vs. Android debates. It doesn’t matter what operating system your laptop is running or what network you’re on. Cloud-based SaaS facilities management platforms are device agnostic, making them viable on any device regardless of user preference.

Accessing the same information with consistency and ease across every platform unlocks seamless potential for facilities management. Coordinate a desk neighborhood on your desktop computer, respond to collaborative message on your phone, execute the move via a tablet, and review everything at home on your laptop. It doesn’t matter how many devices or operating system are in play, information and accessibility remain consistent. Best of all, you won’t lose any functionality.

3. Cloud-based security

Cloud security is some of the best in the business when it comes to preventing cyberattacks, including those against facility management software. Thanks to SOC 2, critical business data has never been safer. Cloud-based SaaS security that meets SOC 2 standards is important for a number of reasons:

  • It creates a multi-layered security blanket. Usernames and passwords must be validated in real-time and through predictive security features, such as IP screening and login habits. Extra precautions can be tacked on to logins to prevent malicious attempts.
  • Cloud security is smart enough to recognize hacking attempts and thwart them. The system will detect bots and brute-force attempts to access data, beefing up security to protect vulnerabilities that may expose data.
  • Encryption in the cloud is complex. More than just passwords and user data, all data for your business can be encrypted and hashed, so even if a breach does occur there’s no way for data thieves to use your information against you.

Before cloud-based security, a simple username and password in the wrong hands could mean a crippling data loss for businesses, including personal employee information, real estate data, and operational costs/revenue. Now, protection is greater than ever.

4. Tiered permissions and privacy

Facilities managers know better than anyone that information is on a need-to-know basis. Not everyone needs to have access to the same data. Department heads may only require access to floor plans, while financial planners and real estate managers may require robust data about multiple cost centers.

Thanks to a tiered permissions system, cloud-based facilities management software maintains information in structured, protected ways. Admins can restrict access to data based on user groups, while enabling certain permissions for select employees or departments. This not only reduces the risk of information mismanagement, it keeps proprietary data out of the hands of those who don’t need to see it. And, because permissions can be managed centrally, it’s possible for admins to instantly grant and deny access .

5. Always on, always current

Cloud products have the distinct advantage of being “always on.” They’re instantly accessible and always current to the most recent version of the data. It also means updates can be rolled out by the developer and integrated instantly by customers, closing security gaps and improving the user experience in real time.

Always-on programs also have the distinct advantage of being live—meaning data is cached and updated instantly. You can make changes and not worry about saving every few seconds—or worse, losing your hard work due to an unexpected outage. What’s done is done: Updated instantly and saved proactively—all on the most up-to-date version of the program.

6. Unlocked collaboration

Device agnosticism and the always-on nature of SaaS facilities management software combine to unlock another major benefit: real-time collaboration. A real estate manager in Los Angeles can provide reports and insights to a CFO in Hong Kong, allowing the two to make collaborative decisions about how to best utilize facilities. Moreover, a dozen department heads in the same building can collaborate on an upcoming office move, ensuring everyone is on the same page throughout the process.

Collaboration through the cloud allows more than just real-time updates on specific topics. It also keeps ideas and actions sorted and organized. Each user is uniquely identified so comments, actions, and contributions are properly delineated. Coupled with tiered permissions, it’s easy to keep communication organized, simplified, and clear.

7. Huge cost savings

What’s the cost of your current legacy facilities management software? When you tally up the licensing fee, individual user fees, software update costs, technical support fees, and hidden charges, the compounding costs can be substantial.

The reason the SaaS model has grown prolifically in recent years is because it’s much more cost-effective. The fees may be monthly or annual, but they’re profoundly less and much more inclusive. There’s unparalleled convenience in a SaaS model that’s well worth the nominal cost of licensing the software.

Even beyond the sticker price of software, huge cost savings can also be generated through the power of a cloud-based facilities management program. Better tools and more robust insights add up to better overall facilities management, lowering tangible costs across the balance sheet. Every saved cost identified through your facilities management software is another dollar in ROI.

8. Disaster-proof failsafes

What happens if your server crashes or there’s a massive power outage? Whatever you were just doing on your computer is likely gone for good, unless it’s backed up in real time to the cloud. That’s another benefit of cloud-based facilities management software. When technical issues make your network unavailable or put your computer at risk for data loss, your critical facilities data are backed up and available in the cloud for you to access on another device.

9. Supreme integration

Having access to an open Application Programming Interface (API) enables businesses to tailor the way a program works specifically to their company. This opens the door for a variety of integrations, taking the functionality of the core program up a notch. In the age of the smart office and the office Internet of Things (IoT), integration is essential. Through APIs, facilities managers can use cloud-based management software for everything from meeting room scheduling to oversight for office automations within their IoT environment.

Compounding benefits

As business becomes more tech-driven, opportunities for optimization will continue to rise. Having a cloud-based facilities management program at the root of business operations will ensure you’re equipped to not only evolve with the times, but thrive in an agile, unpredictable environment.

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Tapdn™ Partners with SpaceIQ for Workplace Optimization

Partnership Integrates SpaceIQ’s Powerful CAFM/IWMS Facility Management Software with Tapdn’s Advanced IoT Platform to Deliver Unparalleled Insights for Workplace Optimization

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., September 21, 2018SpaceIQTM, the leading workplace operating platform that enables customers to make smart, data-driven facility and workplace management decisions, has partnered with TapdnTM, an IoT platform that harnesses data from wireless sensors to improve workplace utilization, to provide a single solution that delivers comprehensive insights for workplace optimization. Available now through Tapdn, the integrated platform is the only product of its kind on the market.

Tapdn, launched earlier this year by CORT Business Services (a Berkshire Hathaway company), supports agile workplaces with IoT-driven reports that allow businesses to monitor individual and shared space utilization so they can use space and business assets more efficiently and reduce costs. Tapdn’s IoT platform integrates with building operating systems and cross-departmental planning functions, providing data to facility management professionals through Tapdn’s web-based portal.

“We’re excited about partnering with SpaceIQ to deliver the industry’s best space planning capabilities to our customers,” said Allison Ballard, executive director at Tapdn. “By integrating SpaceIQ’s software into our platform, we’re making it possible for professionals who are optimizing their workplace to get a complete view of utilization and develop and model plans on a single platform.”

SpaceIQ consolidates data from multiple enterprise systems and provides easy-to-use analytics to support efficient workplace utilization and drive decision-making on current and future workspace requirements. SpaceIQ enables smart planning and scenario modeling to help facility and corporate real estate managers transform their workplaces from a cost center to a competitive advantage.

By adding SpaceIQ’s industry-leading computer-aided facility management (CAFM) and integrated workplace management system (IWMS) capabilities, Tapdn is offering a comprehensive solution for the modern workplace. With the combined power of SpaceIQ and Tapdn, companies can perform data measurement, data analysis and space planning — all on a single platform.

“This is a mutually beneficial partnership that will deliver unprecedented insights to customers,” said Jeff Revoy, co-founder and chief operating officer at SpaceIQ. “With Tapdn’s advanced sensor technology and reporting capabilities driving smart workplace asset utilization, combined with SpaceIQ’s space management and workplace planning capabilities, customers will have all the data they need in one place to create a truly agile workplace.”

SpaceIQ and Tapdn will showcase their integrated technology at the upcoming IFMA World Workplace event, a facility conference and expo that takes place October 3-5 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Conference attendees can see the new platform in action at the CORT booth, # 907.

About SpaceIQ
In the past, companies had to make high-stakes real estate decisions based on incomplete data and best guesses in an unpredictable business environment. The SpaceIQ team changed that by bringing data, analytics and planning tools together on a cloud-based, machine learning-empowered platform that enables better real estate decision-making. Easy to implement and incredibly intuitive to use, SpaceIQ consolidates financial, personnel and operational data from across the organization on a single platform, making it simple to understand options, evaluate scenarios and make data-driven, strategic decisions. SpaceIQ is headquartered in Mountain View, California with an office in Murray, Utah. Find out more at spaceiq.com.

About Tapdn
Tapdn™ is a highly secure, holistic platform with patented technology geared towards identity provisioning and management mobilized by CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, in partnership with Tango Mobile LLC. Focused on fostering growth in IoT, Tapdn provides sensor-driven data insights to push innovation forward and seamlessly connect people and objects in any environment across a variety of industries, including commercial, industrial and residential multifamily and single family real estate, retail, manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, medical and higher education. For more information, please visit www.tapdn.com.

About CORT
CORT, a part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, is the nation’s leading provider of transition services, including furniture rental for home and office, event furnishings, destination services, apartment locating, touring and other services. With more than 100 offices, showrooms and clearance centers across the United States, operations in the United Kingdom and partners in more than 80 countries around the world, no other furniture rental company can match CORT’s breadth of services and companywide commitment to making a house a home, an office a great place to work and an event a memorable celebration. For more information, please visit www.cort.com.

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IDC Names SpaceIQ Among Cloud Facilities Management Software Innovators

SpaceIQ is proud to have been featured in a recent innovators report by IDC, which focuses on the future of cloud-based facilities management software. Named one of the key emerging vendors in this space, SpaceIQ is profiled as having demonstrated innovative new technology with the potential and capabilities to drive modern facilities management forward.

The document, IDC Innovators: Facilities Management Software as a Service, 2018, is now available from IDC.

Illustrating SpaceIQ’s leadership

The overview by IDC measures SpaceIQ against the pitfalls and barriers of modern facilities management, showcasing how the platform can be utilized by FM professionals to affect change in evolving workspaces. Emphasis is given to SpaceIQ’s core features and functionality, as well as its advantages in agile work environments.

The piece goes on to illustrate SpaceIQ’s core advantages over other versions of facilities management software, including move management tools and space allocation insights.

The changing workplace

This profile of SpaceIQ by IDC comes as part of the company’s ongoing coverage of the evolving corporate workspace. IDC has previously outlined a wide range of variables in flux within modern work environments—all of which are contributing to cumbersome overhead and increased expenses for workplace management.

IDC’s coverage of SpaceIQ and other facilities management software shows a growing trend in innovators to seek intuitive, data-driven solutions to adapt to changing workplace demands. As facilities managers begin to realize the need for more refined lenses by which to examine their workspaces, SpaceIQ is providing them, along with the data necessary to validate changes.

SpaceIQ’s standout approach

One of the chief takeaways of the IDC profile was the ability of SpaceIQ to herald changes to the physical layout of workspaces. The report concludes:

“SpaceIQ simplifies the space management process by using a cloud-based system that enables employees to proactively manage their workspace and workspace budgets on an individual basis.”

By putting the power in the hands of workers and facilities managers to shape the workspace that works best for them, SpaceIQ is enabling real change at a level that profoundly impacts the bottom line for companies.

For example, SpaceIQ makes it easy for facilities managers to adopt desk neighborhoods and transform specific areas into dynamic, collaborative spaces. Further, move management tools make it easy to communicate these changes to staff and ensure they’re coordinated and validated.

Pushing the market forward

SpaceIQ was named as an IDC innovator not only because of its robust facilities management software, but also because of its position as a thought leader in the marketplace. As facilities management continues to face the challenges of an evolving workspace, SpaceIQ is staying on top of solutions, to meet these challenges head-on. Further, SpaceIQ’s constant focus on staying ahead of workplace trends is enabling FM professionals to affect changes more quickly and with better results.

The purpose of the IDC innovators report is to highlight companies that are ushering real, meaningful change and solutions into the workplace. SpaceIQ is proud to be recognized as a thought leader in this space!