Right from the start, Danone shared its clear vision of working in a new, sustainable, and future-proof office that supports employee well-being. However, their former office, located near Amsterdam Schiphol, didn’t represent their vision just yet. Employee needs were changing, and the workplace couldn’t live up to their expectations anymore. But when Danone decided to reconstruct its Flagship office, they already foresaw it would soon be too small for the growing headcount. This meant they didn’t just need a bigger workplace, but a flexible one.
Multiple goals, one solution
Welcoming more people meant effective use of the workspace. Danone emphasized the aim to support employees in the switch to activity-based working. This agile working concept gives people the freedom and flexibility to decide how and where the job should be done: brainstorming in meeting rooms, catching up in social areas, or focusing individually behind a desk.
A crucial element of this so-called activity-based working is sharing facilities. For Danone, sharing facilities turned out to be the key to achieve multiple goals:
- Growing headcount & sustainability
Effectively sharing facilities, meant they could welcome more people.
- Employee well-being
Choosing their preferred workplace and controlling the environment made employees happier.
- Future-proof strategy
Agile working can easily be revised, especially when gathering workplace analytics.
The answer was clear. To realize a flexible workplace –in which talent could thrive and would be cost-efficient– Danone needed smart office technology.
Boosting the employee experience
Danone’s reconstruction turned their headquarters into an admiring flagship office. Their varying workspace with plenty of green, cozy nooks make you feel inspired and invite you to get social. And by implementing Mapiq, Danone took their employee experience through the roof: boosting autonomy and belonging among employees while enabling efficient use of the workspace.
Via the app, employees book a shift in the office. Once arrived, they can instantly find available workspaces, locate colleagues and book meeting rooms. In our interactive 3D map of Danone’s building, they can even find a smart locker which they can open and close. Once arrived at their preferred workspace, employees can control the lights and temperature through their personal devices.
Technology behind the scenes
To ensure the best experience of Mapiq's Smart Office Platform, all of Danone’s workplaces are equipped with our desk sensors. Meeting rooms are covered by bGrid’s room sensors. By detecting movement, these sensors feed occupancy data into the user app. Employees can now directly see which workplaces or meeting rooms are available.
Data behind each decision
Besides the user app, management can evaluate their workplace strategy in Mapiq's Analytics Portal. This environment shows how Danone's employees actually use the office. By analyzing occupancy insights, management can reduce underutilized office space and invest in areas their employees actively use.
This way, Danone continuously anticipates changing needs and executes a truly future-proof workplace strategy.
A match made in heaven
The fact that Mapiq’s functionalities could enable them to achieve its business goals were not the only thing Danone had noticed. Sharing the same vision was one of the top reasons for Danone to shape a future-proof workplace strategy with Mapiq.