Viewpoint / Sep 29, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
Why belonging in the workplace should be a business priority
A sense of belonging has always been important, but today it’s even a more popular topic. The pandemic forced organizations to change their strategies from offline to online. Part of the new way of working discussion was about how to make employees feel engaged and satisfied, even working remotel...
Viewpoint / Sep 08, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
3 ways smart technology enhances autonomy in the workplace
Autonomy in the workplace refers to how much freedom of choice employees have while working. Autonomy is not just something that teens crave, a sense of autonomy is a big driver at all ages. Luckily, result-only work environments are on the rise, and employees often work whenever and however they...
Viewpoint / Sep 01, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
Why identity and autonomy in the workplace matter
Imagine the concrete and belonging needs of your company are all in place. Employees feel healthy and safe and feel like they belong. This paves the way to peak performance. Peak performance is a moment when everything flows, and employees and companies achieve exceptional performance. This also ...
Viewpoint / Aug 25, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
The importance of face-to-face contact
Nowadays, lots of organizations can work completely remotely. Online communication tools make sure we can meet, collaborate, and visit events together virtually. It’s impossible to deny the importance of these platforms, but it’s essential to balance online interactions with face-to-face communic...
Viewpoint / Aug 04, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
3 ways to create a workplace that supports well-being
The workplace is becoming more than a space to work, it’s a space that connects teams and individuals. To support employees, you need environments that trigger responses in the brain that lead to better collaboration and problem-solving. We’re talking about the second part of The Mapiq pyramid of...
Viewpoint / Jul 28, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
How to measure experience and well-being in the workplace and remote
Organizations have become increasingly interested in ways to make the office a healthier environment. After COVID-19, it’s not anymore about the workplace, it’s also about understanding your employees’ home working experience and the impact on their productivity and well-being. Leesman is the wor...
Viewpoint / Jul 21, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
Workplace well-being needs every organization must fulfill
If you make well-being an essential part of your company you can expect increased productivity, improved employee engagement, decreased absences, and reductions in health care costs. But where to start? We’ve developed the Mapiq pyramid of workplace well-being. The inspiration for Mapiq’s pyramid...
Viewpoint / Jul 14, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
Why the workplace of the future isn’t remote
Studio Banana is the home of design-driven transformation. They craft solutions on a wide breadth of creative projects with change-seeking organizations. Two of the areas they encompass is the work habitat of the future and self-care. Together with Key Kawamura, the Co-founding partner of Studio ...
Viewpoint / Jul 07, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
3 drivers behind the rise of workplace well-being
The role of the office is changing, and people are changing along with it. Employees no longer choose a careerlong relationship with a company, they often choose severable ones. The result? Businesses are feeling the effects of employees feeling free to leave. This makes competition a reason to f...
Viewpoint / Jun 15, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
How to help employees adapt to a brand-new office
Danone opened its brand-new, state-of-the-art office building a year ago. A year in which a lot has changed for employees. Nick van der Kloor, HR site manager at Danone, guided employees through the transition to a new working concept and a new office. An interesting journey, with lessons learned...
Viewpoint / Jun 09, 2020 / Bastian de Graaf
How to help employees embrace change in the workplace
Maybe you’re almost ready to go back to the office, or you’re about to launch a new work concept. But changing to a new way of working with only a few new rules, doesn’t do the trick. You have to make sure that in the long run, the new work concept becomes a part of the company culture, even thou...
Viewpoint / Apr 24, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
3 essential steps to get back to the office safely
Office life has changed enormously over the past few weeks, employees all over the world had to adapt to working from home. And let’s be honest: we miss being at the office. Having face-to-face meetings, catching up with colleagues, and collaborating together. Although we can’t wait to get back, ...
Viewpoint / Apr 15, 2020 / Sander Schutte
Back to the office after COVID-19
Over the past few weeks, employees all over the world had to adapt to working from home. Offices that used to be crowded and buzzing are now empty. Although we can’t wait to get back, this period shows how adaptive we all are. Employees have built great home offices, meetings switched to video ca...
Viewpoint / Apr 07, 2020 / Anne Wernand
3 ways to support workplace well-being now and after Corona
A few weeks ago, we introduced the Mapiq pyramid of workplace well-being. The pyramid shows the needs of employees in the office on three levels. But now that it is no longer possible to go to the office, how can we still stimulate workplace well-being? And how can we ensure the well-being of emp...
Viewpoint / Mar 31, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
How to manage an empty office
In last week’s webinar, we talked about how we can support employees at home. Together with Simone van Tongeren from ENGIE, Marco van Gelder from Veldhoen + Company and René van der Vlugt from WRKPLC we explored the topics of well-being, collaboration, and productivity. What stood out the most fo...
Viewpoint / Mar 17, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
How to support employees to collaborate from home
At the moment, employees all over the world are working from home. Although there has been said at some point the office would disappear altogether, we believe it’s here to stay. The office plays an important part in employee happiness, productivity, creativity, and collaboration. Right now, we’r...
Viewpoint / Mar 10, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
How to stay in touch with the needs of your employees
The mission of Leesman is to make workplaces better. With their standardized workplace experience survey and global benchmark database, they equip organizations with data and insights that help them create better workplace strategies. But how can you stay in touch with the needs of your employees...
Viewpoint / Feb 25, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
The benefits of activity-based working for employees
Whether you’re moving into a brand-new office, redesigning your current one or adding smart technology, the benefits of activity-based working may already be clear. This new way of working improves productivity, enhances well-being and stimulates collaboration. However, employees don’t embrace ac...
Viewpoint / Feb 20, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
Why do we share our desks in the office?
In the last couple of years, the sharing economy slowly started to become more and more popular, as we shifted from ownership to access. Nowadays we go to the office with our rented bike and ride back from an office party with SnappCar. And not just physically, digitally we share a lot with peopl...
Viewpoint / Feb 11, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
The role of smart technology in activity-based working
Technology changes a lot faster than people do. New technologies are running ahead of us, while we’re still embracing ones that have already been here for quite some time. The same goes for smart technology. There is a lot more possible in the office these days. By using your phone, you can find ...
Viewpoint / Feb 04, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
3 ways to help employees embrace activity-based working
Quite often we hear doubts about activity-based working. Even though the concept has proven to lead to more productive employees and better use of the office space. Still, somewhere along the way, it goes wrong. Sometimes that’s in the implementation phase. Creating flexible workplaces isn’t enou...
Viewpoint / Jan 28, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
How to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the workforce
Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes is the founder of AKKA architects. She is driven by her vision of architecting interactions. Stephanie believes interactions are the seeds of innovation. With her company, she explores how spaces and contexts can foster those interactions. So, who better to ask about crea...
Viewpoint / Jan 23, 2020 / Bouwe de Planque
The story behind our workplace sensor
At Mapiq, we strongly believe that our smart office platform is only as good as the data it’s fed with. Good working sensors are a high priority for us. But many existing sensors are slow, or not functioning the way we want them too. So, we decided to make one of our own. A few months later, Mapi...
Viewpoint / Jan 21, 2020 / Bastian de Graaf
How to build the perfect team for workplace change management
The office and the way we work is changing rapidly. Activity-based working has already entered work-life years ago and is here to stay. As a smart office platform, our focus lies on the employees in these modern offices. And as a member of the Customer Success team, I’m passionate about supportin...
Viewpoint / Jan 14, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
3 things you can learn about the new way of working from Microsoft
There are numerous reasons to switch to an activity-based working concept. Think of better use of the office space, a state-of-the-art building that attracts talent, or implementing a new way of working. But what are the other drivers behind these changes? We’ve had the pleasure of talking to Ren...
Viewpoint / Jan 09, 2020 / Anne Wernand
5 smart office trends you need to know for 2020
It's that time of year again, where companies and influencers look ahead to the upcoming twelve months. And every year, we make a trend report. This one, 2020, is a little bit more special. What is happening in the smart office world in 2020?
Viewpoint / Jan 07, 2020 / Esmeé van Vliet
Why activity-based working is here to stay in 2020
If we take a look at the workplace of the future, it is no surprise that shared workplaces, open floor plans, and activity-based working pop-up. Employees, and especially the new generations, want more flexibility and expect the work environment to support their wants and needs. Offices need to b...
Viewpoint / Dec 11, 2019 / André van Dixhoorn
From the need for innovation to the needs of employees
As promised, December is all about our smart office story. Starting five years ago, at the kickoff of our very first corporate project: The Edge of Deloitte. Back then, I was one of the two software developers at Mapiq, responsible for building the smart office platform that is now running at our...
Viewpoint / Dec 05, 2019 / Anne Wernand
Smart technology in the USA and Europe: which continent is the most innovative?
Last month, we’ve had the pleasure to go to New York for the Real Estate Tech Week. We’re naturally curious to see how activity-based working and smart technology work in other countries all over the world. And what better way to find out than to ask. So, we sat down together with Sophie Mathieu,...
Viewpoint / Dec 02, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
Five years after The Edge: “world’s most sustainable office building”
The future of work is one of our favorite topics to read and write about. But sometimes it’s good to take a step back, and see how far we’ve come. And in the smart office world, we’ve already come a long way. So, let’s rewind back to December 2014. Mapiq existed of only six employees – a lot less...
Viewpoint / Nov 26, 2019 / Anne Wernand
3 statements with Midori Ainoura about the future of work
For our new series of interviews about the future of work, we had the pleasure of talking to Midori Ainoura. Midori is a partner at PLP Architecture, the company that designed the well-known The Edge of Deloitte. PLP is currently leading in the design of the office buildings at Bankside Yards in ...
Viewpoint / Nov 21, 2019 / Anne Wernand
NYC Real Estate Tech Week: are we asking too much of our employees?
Last week, I’ve visited the Real Estate Tech Week in the city that never sleeps. One of the reasons was my nomination for the Women In PropTech Awards. I'm honored to have been nominated and to attend a gala full of inspiring women that are all passionate about our industry. But also, I’ve attend...
Viewpoint / Nov 12, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
What can we expect from the smart office in the future?
The office is getting smarter and smarter every day. Technology is getting more advanced. In the future, the office will know what your day looks like. It will help you find the perfect spot to work and guide you through your workday effortlessly. But what does the future hold? We’ve summed up so...
Viewpoint / Oct 31, 2019 / Remco de Vos
The technology behind suggestion-based facilities in the smart office
In the previous viewpoints, we’ve discussed the role of localization in the smart office as well as the differences between localization and positioning. We’ve learned that with smart technology you can find your colleagues within the office and a good setup is crucial. But smart offices have mor...
Viewpoint / Oct 29, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
Mapiq’s favorite offices all around the world
In the recent years, the smart office and the way we use it have undergone a massive transformation. Flex-, activity-based and agile working are keywords in this revolution, meaning that employees are given the power to choose when and where they work. Office spaces are now designed to support th...
Viewpoint / Oct 22, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
Privacy and the smart office: is Big Brother watching you?
Smart offices support employees in the new way of working perfectly. Autonomy increases and as a result, the productivity rate goes up. But also collaboration and knowledge sharing improve, because technology helps colleagues find each other in the office, by sharing their location. However, smar...
Viewpoint / Oct 15, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
How to smarten up your office
The benefits of a smart office are enormous, from attracting and retaining talent to increasing the productivity of employees and reducing housing costs. But the previous viewpoints left out one big question. Probably the one you’ve been keen on finding out: how to smarten up your office? It’s no...
Viewpoint / Oct 08, 2019 / Anne Wernand
3 statements with Philip Ross about the future of work
We had the pleasure of catching up with Philip Ross, in preparation for WORKTECH Amsterdam, which will take place on the 15th of November. Philip is the founder and CEO of UnWork.com and WORKTECH, an author, consultant, and commentator specializing in the future of work. He predicts the way new t...
Viewpoint / Oct 01, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
The benefits of a smart office
The way we work is changing. Sharing is at the centre of this revolution. Employees need each other to think of new, innovative solutions instead of producing – mostly on their own. Technology is the icing on the cake to transform a well-designed office into a smart office and support this new wa...
Viewpoint / Sep 26, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
5 questions with Jana Koch about the future of work
DHL Consulting recently made the change to activity-based working and designed a whole new office space. We had the pleasure of meeting Jana Koch, partner at DHL Consulting, in the DHL Consulting office in Bonn, Germany. Together we sat down in one of their (awesome) meeting rooms and got the cha...
Viewpoint / Sep 17, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
The elements of a smart office
Now that we have cleared the air of the illusions a smart office, it is time to discuss what a smart office can do. So, let’s start with the basics: what makes an office smart? This is for everyone who’s ever wondered, explained so easy, you can even tell your grandparents over dinner.
Viewpoint / Sep 12, 2019 / Remco de Vos
Positioning or localization in the smart office?
In the previous viewpoint about localization technology, we’ve discussed the role of localization in the smart office. However, when we talk about localization, the concept often gets confused with positioning. We asked one of our developers for some clarity. Let’s discuss the differences! First ...
Viewpoint / Sep 10, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
The illusions of a smart office
Smart offices are changing the way we work. And while we're still at the beginning of this revolution, there are already some expectations that come along with a smart office. A lot is possible with smart technology, but not all expectations are true. We’ve written down some of the illusions of a...
Viewpoint / Aug 22, 2019 / Jasper Schuurmans
The role localization in the smart office
The workplace has become more open and dynamic than ever before. And while we’re embracing activity-based working, finding colleagues can be a challenge, since there are no more fixed desks. With Mapiq technology you can find your colleagues anytime, anyplace. However, localization technology alw...
Viewpoint / Aug 06, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
3 ways to make meetings more efficient
Meetings help us collaborate, resolve issues and strengthen teams. But somehow employees experience meetings as inefficient and meeting rooms as scarce. So, they do other work during meetings and lose time finding a place to meet. Luckily, there are ways to bring back the perfect meeting!
Viewpoint / Jul 30, 2019 / Marre Oudhof
The formula for accepting activity-based working
Flexible offices are requested more and more by millennials, and the world is filled with beautiful offices with so much to offer nowadays. But somehow, these offices are not used to their full potential. Activity-based working should be the solution. Instead, employees are going to the same work...
Viewpoint / Jul 22, 2019 / Dorenda Slof
3 things facility managers need to know about data and machine learning
The role of facility managers has changed. You must collect data and do something with it. Taking a glance around the office to see how your building and employees work together just isn’t enough anymore. Data can tell you a different story. Using insights to redesign your office efficiently and ...
Viewpoint / Jul 16, 2019 / Marre Oudhof
The key to well-being at work: social interaction
Well-being at the office is a theme that has caught all of our attention. Companies can nowadays even receive certifications like WELL or LEED to determine how ‘well’ their building functions for the employees working in it. But even when an office has the healthiest physical work environment you...
Viewpoint / Jun 16, 2019 / Esmeé van Vliet
This is how you win the war for talent
The past few weeks we’ve looked into the war for millennial-talent. Our conclusion? Attracting and retaining talent has become a pretty hard job. There are so many things to consider as an employer! Think of the right technology to help the work-life balance of the easily distracted millennial, t...
Viewpoint / Jun 05, 2019 / Anne Wernand
How technology can help the work-life balance
From the managers' perspective, technology in the workspace kills productivity. Especially when we're considering millennials: growing up with distraction all around, finding time to focus can be hard. Technology makes the fine line between work and life even thinner. During work time, millennial...
Viewpoint / May 15, 2019 / Anne Wernand
Millennials and corporate social responsibility
With more and more millennials entering the job market, winning the war for talent on this end can be quite the challenge. To millennials, it’s not only how a workplace looks and if there is a great lunch. It has to do with something more. One of the main ingredients of happy millennial workers i...
Viewpoint / May 01, 2019 / Anne Wernand
4 tips to help millennials focus
By the time it’s 2020 over a third of the workforce consists of millennials like me. If they can’t focus, well, let’s just say we’ll have a small problem. Read along to discover where the issue lies and how to provide your millennial workers with the means and matters to rediscover their focus.
Viewpoint / Apr 24, 2019 / Marre Oudhof
Millennials, the secret weapon in the War for Talent
Millennials are now playing the biggest role in the War for Talent. To win this war you must first understand your target. This campaign, which we could call “War for Talent: Millennial Edition” will help you understand the workplace needs and behaviors of a generation that's so full of promise.
Viewpoint / Apr 08, 2019 / Anne Wernand
Having friends at work boosts productivity and well-being
The research is clear. Having friends at work boosts productivity, retention, and well-being. But making friends at work can be harder than it seems, especially in large, flexible workplaces. In this piece, I discuss how organizations can use technology to make it easier for new and existing empl...
Viewpoint / Mar 18, 2019 / Anne Wernand
How to improve meeting room utilisation?
When office space is limited, and the workplace population is high, meeting room utilisation will not be at its best. As a facility manager or IT person, there's a lot you can do to improve it. So far, we've looked at the benefits of a smart building platform and the ROI of ad hoc room booking. H...
Viewpoint / Mar 14, 2019 / Anne Wernand
Mapiq's perfect meeting rooms
The past few weeks we have been talking about how you should arrange your perfect meetings. We focussed on the effect of ineffective meetings, the ROI of ad hoc room booking and how your workspace should match your activities. To wrap up on a personal note we want to give you a peek into our offi...
Viewpoint / Mar 01, 2019 / Anne Wernand
Get rid of no-shows in meeting rooms
Today’s office is an energetic environment, where unplanned meetings should have become the norm. However, we still see people using this flexible space in a way that just isn’t that effective. At Mapiq we believe that a dynamic workplace needs ad hoc meetings to thrive. Let's see why and how.
Viewpoint / Feb 18, 2019 / Anne Wernand
The benefits of a smart building platform to facility management
We looked at the downside of meetings and what its consequences are in terms of costs, time and user happiness. In this second part of the series, we delve deeper into smart solutions for effective room booking, and along with that: efficient facility management.
Viewpoint / Feb 06, 2019 / Anne Wernand
The ineffective meeting effect: the nightmare of every facility manager
As a facility manager, there is nothing you want more than a happy and productive workforce. Supporting meetings is a big part of that. On average, an employee spends 33% of their time in meetings, of which 31 hours in unproductive ones! If facilities aren't on point, these numbers will take an e...
Viewpoint / Jan 10, 2019 / Anne Wernand
The trends of 2019
It’s that predicting time of year again, where companies and influencers look ahead to the coming twelve months. Smart building trends are developing faster than ever and here at Mapiq, we are right in the thick of it leading the way. Here are some trends we see becoming dominant in smart facilit...
Viewpoint / Dec 04, 2018 / Dorenda Slof
Visualisation of data
What insights can data give you? How do you start? After the data is collected and all in one place, you’re faced with the question: how can you actually use it? As in many things, seeing is believing. The visualisation of data can change numbers into actionable items. In this blog, we take a loo...
Viewpoint / Nov 14, 2018 / Anne Wernand
Collaboration, an essential component for data analysis
The smooth working routine of a smart office doesn’t just magically happen. How do we actually get the data that will be useful to analyse? We can’t just grab numbers from separate systems and display them. The solution is beyond technology. The smart office ideal is a collaboration between techn...
Viewpoint / Oct 31, 2018 / Anne Wernand
Big data for facility managers
In order to create the ideal work environment for yourself and employees, you need big data. It’s what feeds the smart office, enabling a responsive environment capable of adjusting to the needs of all occupants.
Viewpoint / Sep 20, 2018 / Anne Wernand
Key insights when switching to ABW
The switch to activity-based working often largely consists of technological and office modifications. Employees, however, must be capable of effectively adapting their behavior. Only once their behavior changes, the innovative buildings, and technological developments can be optimally utilized.
Viewpoint / Sep 18, 2018 / Anne Wernand
The rise of the smart building
Through the course of the centuries, various components of buildings have been developed and embellished. These days, buildings are a complex combination of structures, systems and technology. We call them ‘smart buildings’.
Viewpoint / Sep 14, 2018 / Anne Wernand
3 myths about privacy at smart offices
Smart offices can provide employees with more comfort. However, they also spark the privacy debate. Employees have doubts and fears when it comes to ‘tracking systems’ on the work floor. Will their location be shared with their boss? And can colleagues always find them? It’s time to clear up some...
Viewpoint / Aug 23, 2018 / Wendy Bakker
Why we spend a third of our lives at work
At Mapiq we’re always consumed with the question of how people work. In our everlasting journey in finding an answer to that question, the design team visited the exposition 'Why Work' at FotoDok in Utrecht.
Viewpoint / Jul 04, 2018 / Anne Wernand
The science behind behavioural change
It is not easy to motivate people to participate in change. The psychological theory of planned behaviour developed by Fishbein and Ajzen, explains this by linking behaviour to beliefs.
Viewpoint / Feb 03, 2018 / Anne Wernand
The trends of 2018
2018. That was a good one. Our new years resolution is thereby off course: keep doing what we’re doing! So we kick of with our tradition ‘Trend Blog in January” and take a peek into the future of the smart building playing field. These are the most important trends and focus-points in 2018 accord...
Viewpoint / Jul 03, 2015 / Anne Wernand
Finding a balance Joost Porrio
In this category, we will focus on employees and the contradictions they encountered over the course of their careers in regards to their workplace. We will look at the developments in activity-based working through their eyes.
Viewpoint / May 20, 2015 / Anne Wernand
Finding a balance Jorien Kaper
In this category, we will focus on employees and the contradictions they encountered over the course of their careers in regards to their workplace. We will look at the developments in activity-based working through their eyes.