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September 24, 2021

Sizing Your Project for the Future

Sizing Your Project for the Future

Nobody can predict the future, but project sizing tries. There is a delicate balance between too much and too little space. Get it wrong, and you’ll see noticeable long-term effects on profitability, productivity, and employee satisfaction.

Rightsizing is all about properly orienting the physical footprint requirements of the professional office with both the current and future requirements of the organization. Most businesses were already doing a poor job of this pre-pandemic… how can you make better sizing decisions? Let’s find out!

Start With Meaningful Metrics

To uncover how much future spaces you’ll need, begin by looking at the existing data. Some people discard historical sizing data. While making decisions on past data alone is not enough, companies armed with historical metrics will be much better off than those without. This process includes aggregating and understanding data on key indicators like:

  • Office size (square footage)
  • Lease terms
  • Usage information (utilization, headcount, space types/layouts/quantities)
  • Running costs 
 

Making Sense of Numbers

From here, you must seek to understand the correlation between these data sets. You need to compare each data point with the others to understand the dynamic between them. It’s far too easy to dispose of an office merely because it seems expensive, or because it feels too small or too large. Companies that do this without knowing the whole story may walk away from their most valuable office spaces. Instead, run calculations like:

  • Square footage vs. running costs
  • Square footage vs. utilization
  • Headcount vs. running costs
  • Lease information vs. running costs

With this information, your company can make much more intelligent sizing decisions based on the real merits of the space. This exercise will often reveal some surprising information about your workspaces! Once the relationship between influential factors is understood, you can start to plan for the changes that must eventually be made to address the hybrid work model.

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