ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND—Locatee, the workplace analytics solution that provides office occupancy and utilisation intelligence, announced today that effective immediately, its employees can work from home if they choose to do so forever.
“What we’ve seen over the past several months is the world’s largest remote working experiment,” says Thomas Kessler, co-founder and CEO of Locatee. “Although COVID-19 has presented many disruptive challenges, this is one we’ve managed to overcome. We’re certain that by giving our team the choice and freedom to choose their workplace— whether it’s in the office or at home—we’ll not only stay productive, but we’ll be improving overall employee well-being.”
Driving the company mission and culture
“Results from our internal staff survey revealed both a real desire and a beneficial impact of working from home on the lives of team members,” explains Charlotte Maurin, Locatee’s HR Manager. “Our core mission at Locatee has always been to create environments where people love to work: these environments don’t necessarily need to be represented by a physical space anchored to an office building.”
The company does not plan to reduce any office space and will maintain the current size of its headquarters for its staff members who wish to continue working from the office on a regular basis. “One thing we’ve learned during this time is that the office will not lose its relevance—it will take on a more purposeful significance, one that is more human-centric, more collaborative. We’re not becoming a fully remote company: our physical office in Zürich remains an essential part of creating interactions and shaping our team culture,” says Kessler.
Building business-critical products and services
As the company continues to develop its product and services for organisations looking to measure the occupancy and utilisation of their own real estate portfolios, it expects an even more pressing demand from workplace leaders and corporate real estate for its products and services. “During this time, leaders and managers need to measure and understand the changes and fluctuations that are taking place within their office buildings. We want to help them navigate through these challenges. We’re motivated, determined, and our journey feels more meaningful than ever before.”
Locatee is the leading workplace analytics solution that transforms data into space utilisation insight. Developed with a strong focus and a deep understanding of the corporate real estate challenges facing the modern world of work, Locatee empowers workplace leaders to make decisions about their business buildings with confidence.
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If 2020 is forcing you to pivot your real estate strategy, you’re definitely not alone. We are currently witnessing the world’s largest remote working experiment.
The mid-to-long-term impact of COVID-19 will lead to unexpected challenges in the world of corporate real estate as well as some important questions.
- How can corporate real estate leaders bring their workforce back to offices safely?
- How much office space will companies need in a post-pandemic world of work?
- How can facilities managers monitor their workplace utilisation in a compliant way?
To help you navigate through these uncertain times, we’ve created the COVID-19 Corporate Real Estate Handbook.
Containing the insight, data, as well as many tips and tricks pertaining specifically to adapting to the challenges presented by remote work and social distancing, Locatee’s playbook makes sure you’re not left unprepared.
We are happy to announced that we have secured $4 million in Series A funding, secured from San Francisco based FYRFLY Venture Partners and Zurich based Tomahawk VC. This funding enables us to grow strategically, placing a high priority on bringing the right talent and expertise onboard in order to become the global leader in the smart building market.
Philipp Stauffer, Co-Founder and Managing Director at FYRFLY Venture Partners, states “Locatee’s vision to transform how space is used will ultimately elevate the quality of life for employees and can also contribute significantly to sustainable development goals. A quantitative approach to space optimization and productivity holds both significant top- and bottom- line potential for large global organizations.”
The software solutions MeteoViva Climate and Locatee are being employed in the datacentre Zofingen of Post Real Estate Management and Services. In this first-time collaboration, Locatee data have been embedded in MeteoViva Climate.
MeteoViva Climate is the future of facility management: forward-thinking, self-learning, with over 3.5 million operating hours of experience in buildings worldwide. The model-based Smart Data solution achieves an optimised indoor climate while simultaneously significantly reducing operating and energy costs as well as carbon emissions.
To significantly reduce costs without risking quality losses but increasing employee satisfaction and productivity constitutes the pivotal challenge for the Facility Management of Post Real Estate Management and Services. By combining both solutions, the needs of employees can be addressed even more effectively.
How it works
- The existing occupancy data compiled by Locatee are used by MeteoViva Climate in order to create detailed indoor climate forecasts
- The data is imported via API
- Daily and weekly profiles can be created based on historical data
Benefits for Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management Teams
The use of Smart Data solutions allows for data-based decisions which facilitate the reduction of resource requirements and thus make it possible to actively save costs. Simultaneously, the reduction of carbon emissions and energy consumption contributes to the sustainability of the building. Employees benefit from an ideal indoor climate, which can be continuously adapted to current requirements, thus significantly increasing satisfaction and reducing the number of sick leaves. In addition, increased comfort has a positive impact on productivity.
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