While sensors can offer improved energy optimization and valuable insights via data, they will inevitably affect the working lives of your employees. Privacy concerns around sensors and space tracking devices are not uncommon. Employees may feel uncomfortable with the idea of having their every move tracked at work.

For this reason, transparency and open communication will play a big part in the successful integration of sensors at your workplace. It’s important to share with employees that the purpose of sensors is to enhance their in-office experience and offer them a friendlier, more efficient space. Reiterate that the purpose of any information collected via sensors will be used to understand the big picture and analyze trends across the organization, rather than to hone in on individual productivity.
As with all new technologies, sensors come at a high cost. And while sensors are an investment that will ultimately save you in the long run, you’ll want to ensure that you’re investing smartly.

Determine if you should start small and keep things simple to become familiar with the new technology.

Ask yourself…Are there certain areas of the office that would benefit most from automation? Do you employ a mobile workforce that uses hot desking daily? Are you more interested in collecting data related to employee behavior or energy usage? By using internal reports and analytics that are already in place, you can understand where sensors would fit best in your organization.