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The benefits of activity-based working for employees

news 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...

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Why do we share our desks in the office?

news 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...

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The role of smart technology in activity-based working

news 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 ...

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3 ways to help employees embrace activity-based working

news 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...

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How to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the workforce

news 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...

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The story behind our workplace sensor

news 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...

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How to build the perfect team for workplace change management

news 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...

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3 things you can learn about the new way of working from Microsoft

news 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...

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5 smart office trends you need to know for 2020

news 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?

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Why activity-based working is here to stay in 2020

news 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...

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From the need for innovation to the needs of employees

news 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...

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 Smart technology in the USA and Europe: which continent is the most innovative?

news 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,...

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Five years after The Edge: “world’s most sustainable office building”

news 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...

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3 statements with Midori Ainoura about the future of work

news 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 ...

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NYC Real Estate Tech Week: are we asking too much of our employees?

news 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...

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What can we expect from the smart office in the future?

news 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...

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The technology behind suggestion-based facilities in the smart office

news 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...

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Mapiq’s favorite offices all around the world

news 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...

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Privacy and the smart office: is Big Brother watching you?

news 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...

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How to smarten up your office

news 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...

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3 statements with Philip Ross about the future of work

news 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...

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The benefits of a smart office

news 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...

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5 questions with Jana Koch about the future of work

news 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...

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Sneak peek: the pyramid of workplace well-being

news Viewpoint / Sep 19, 2019 / Anne Wernand

Sneak peek: the pyramid of workplace well-being

Soon we’ll launch our third whitepaper. After diving into the smart building ecosystem and the role technology plays in providing a responsive workplace, it’s time to focus on well-being. Workplace well-being has recently become more important to employees and employers. We developed the Mapiq py...

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The elements of a smart office

news 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.

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Positioning or localization in the smart office?

news 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 ...

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The illusions of a smart office

news 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...

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 The role localization in the smart office

news 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...

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3 ways to make meetings more efficient

news 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!

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The formula for accepting activity-based working

news 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...

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3 things facility managers need to know about data and machine learning

news 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 ...

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The key to well-being at work: social interaction

news 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...

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This is how you win the war for talent

news 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...

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How technology can help the work-life balance

news 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...

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Millennials and corporate social responsibility

news 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...

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4 tips to help millennials focus

news 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.

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Millennials, the secret weapon in the War for Talent

news 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.

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Having friends at work boosts productivity and well-being

news 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...

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How to improve meeting room utilisation?

news 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...

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Mapiq's perfect meeting rooms

news 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...

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Get rid of no-shows in meeting rooms

news 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.

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The benefits of a smart building platform to facility management

news 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.

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The ineffective meeting effect: the nightmare of every facility manager

news 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...

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The trends of 2019

news 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...

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Visualisation of data

news 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...

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Collaboration, an essential component for data analysis

news 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...

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Big data for facility managers

news 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.

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Key insights when switching to ABW

news 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.

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The rise of the smart building

news 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’.

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3 myths about privacy at smart offices

news 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...

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Why we spend a third of our lives at work

news 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.

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The science behind behavioural change

news 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.

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The trends of 2018

news 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...

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Finding a balance Joost Porrio

news 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.

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Finding a balance Jorien Kaper

news 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.

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