CBRE Group, Inc. recently launched Spacer, a free workplace planning product to help companies apply best-in-class workplace trends to their office layout. Targeting companies with 15-300 employees that may have never enlisted the help of a workplace consultant, the technology offers a user-friendly interface and a gamified experience.
“Most large companies are now utilizing some degree of workplace strategy in their real estate process, designing their space with a data-driven understanding of how they work and what their employees care about. Smaller companies are also looking to create a workplace environment that attracts talent and engages employees in meaningful ways, but often without access to the resources larger organizations are using,” said Damla Gerhart, senior managing director and Americas lead for CBRE’s workplace practice. “Spacer is an accessible technology that allows companies of all sizes to think about how to integrate new ways of working into their office space in formats that make sense for them.”
Spacer recommends customized office workspace specifications designed to help organizations enhance their company culture, drive productivity and creativity and attract and retain the best talent. The free web app delivers a custom, architect-ready space program with square footage recommendations for every desk, office and collaboration space, along with the built-in amenities that matter to a company’s workforce, such as wellness rooms and community areas for eating and socializing.
“The right office space can help you hire competitive talent, keep your employees happy and healthy, reduce operating costs and create the perfect conditions for innovation,” said John Stephens, product lead, CBRE workplace. “Each of your organizational priorities should have a direct impact on the structure and layout of your workspace. We created Spacer to help more companies make informed decisions about their workplace environment.”
Users answer a series of 17 profiler questions, designed to identify the company’s unique characteristics, priorities and office environment goals. Recommended results can be modified, visualized in 2D and 3D using CBRE’s proprietary Floored Plans technology, saved and shared with colleagues.