9am's Fortune Global 500 Client
Siemens is very much interested in implementing digitalized strategies into the workplace, and practicing a spatial planning strategy that is supported by data. The basic needs to implement digitalized technology into its offices include increasing the space utilization efficiency of office buildings, and meanwhile reducing the cost on asset management.
Before the partnership with 9am, Siemens was planning to establish an innovation centre in its Asian head office in Beijing, and provide creative ideas and data-sharing to other innovation centres around the globe.
Siemens has always been looking for a lasting yet timeless solution to elevate employee’s well-being and work experience. The company wanted to incorporate an engaging experience at employee’s daily work to improve employee’s productivity and level of engagement.
By analyzing the organizational structure and flow rate among each department, we found that requirements towards workstations differentiated among departments. But the shared needs remained to be increasing employees’ work experience and asset management efficiency at the same time.
Digitalized workstation solution
- PESK – the most well-liked 9am standing desks
- PESK PLUS – thickened table legs and bigger desktops customized for manager-level and above.
- Customized handset – Siemens logo, three-way sit-to-stand notification (flashing, vibration, and automatic lifting)
Spatial analysis solution
- Occupancy sensor – for workstations, to detect occupancy; able to detect the presence of stationary humans
- Counting sensor & Ceiling mounted detection sensor – for meeting rooms to
A full range of services backed by feasible strategies
9am provided Siemens with a full range of services that covers both employees’ and management’s needs. These included increasing employees’ work experience, and solving space-oriented problems. To make sure the rearrangement solutions work out in the most effective way, 9am followed in steps to conduct the practices: 1) collecting spatial data, 2) analysing data and exporting reports, 3) providing suggestions on rearrangement, 4) continuous tracking and follow-up.
Making ergonomic sense by using standing desks
9am proposed a solution to ensure adequate ergonomic procedures are in place for employees’ health. Thousands of adjustable desks were placed in Siemens offices in 5 cities across China. Unlike the majority office furniture fails to achieve “one size fits all”, 9am height-adjustable desks were ergonomically designed to accommodate the full range of required movements among employees.
Reorganizing workplace using hot-desks
Before Siemens reconstructed its Beijing office, 9am conducted a research to its workstations about the current occupancy situation, using real-time data transmitted from 9am workstation occupancy sensors. Based on the occupancy data report, Siemens decided to turn a whole floor of its Beijing office building into hot desks area, and by doing so, employees who work remotely at least part of the time were simply reserved a nondedicated workstation when they did work in the office.
Remodeling meeting rooms by shrinking large ones
By interpreting data information provided by 9am detective sensors positioned in conference meeting rooms, Siemens came to realize that many of its large conference rooms were among fewer people, making the rest of those empty chairs just a waste of space. These large conference rooms ended up being used for small meetings far too often, resulting in a misfit between the employee needs and space. The strategy that Siemens put into force was remodeling meeting rooms by shrinking large-size meeting rooms into small-size ones.
“We have chosen 9am as our exclusive partner of standing desks and Spatial Analysis Service since 2018. We've always cared about implementing digitalized technology into our offices to elevate employee's engaging experience and minimize admin time and cost. The full range of services 9am provided helped increase our employees' work experience and asset management efficiency at the same time. ”
9am and Siemens became exclusive strategic partners in 2018. Since then, new Siemens offices in China that were planning to equip employees with standing desks and Spatial Analysis Service chose 9am as its exclusive provider.