Friday, 21 May 2021 15:21

VIDEO Interview: OfficeMaps CXO Robert Wilkinson explains the smart office management revolution


OfficeMaps is the interactive office maps and visual directory software that revolutionised the efficiency of office usage before the pandemic, and even more so now in mid-2021, with its recently released hot desk reservation calendar feature, so we spoke to CXO Robert Wilkinson to learn more!

As Australians slowly begin the migration and integration back to the traditional workplace, many things are anything but traditional any more.

OfficeMaps are aware that businesses are on the cusp of a rapid phase of growth as more workplaces look to stagger their ‘back to office’ strategy and offer up their new product as the solution to ensure this transition is manageable, and most importantly safe.

With a COVID safe work environment critical for businesses, the biggest pain point for many to navigate is social distancing. OfficeMaps software shows employers a visual representation of their assets and office space and gives them the ability to allocate desks and office space which is deemed available for use and subsequently block out spaces which are off limits.

The team at OfficeMaps took this one step further late last year, releasing its new reservation calendar for hot desks and meeting rooms feature, as part of its range of regular features and COVID-19 features.

There’s more detail on this now much-needed feature below, but first, here’s my video interview with Robert Wilkinson, CXO of OfficeMaps, with a summary of the topics we spoke about at the end of this article.

So, what does the reservation and hot desk calendar feature offer?

The feature simplifies the process of organising your week across multiple desks and offices within your company. Using the calendar, you can preview the office arrangement for any day of the week. You can see what desks are occupied by which employee, filter desk configurations by teams, and reserve your favourite spot. Additionally, by clicking on your profile you can easily see you upcoming reservations.

This new OfficeMaps feature further promotes flexible workplaces. Whether flexible work arrangements in your company means job-sharing, non-standard working hours or working from home, keeping the entire team productive means sharing accurate information on when and where individuals are available to work.

OfficeMaps rounds out its COVIDsafe workplace toolbox for businesses with its comprehensive contact tracing feature. This innovative feature uses mapping technology to compile a list of which personnel are in the office at any time through reports which can be filtered by employee, date range/time and desks to include/remove from the search.

Robert knows a lot has changed when it comes to our working environment and culture since the company kicked off as Queensland start up in 2017.

He states: "The company offering continues to change and grow, just as our working situations and environments do and the introduction of these new releases to their software supports their underlying ethos - understanding your immediate work environment is at the foundation of a safe and productive workplace."

  • I introduced Robert to the program, and started by asking him to explain OfficeMaps to the viewers, and followed up by asking how companies managed it all before OfficeMaps launched.
  • I wanted to know what sparked the founders’ desire to create the OfficeMaps solution and how they turned it into a global business.
  • Naturally, COVID-19 has affected all businesses and prompted a lot of digital acceleration, but I wanted to know what lessons OfficeMaps itself learned from the pandemic, and the features added in response.
  • Robert explained what it is like to be a CXO, his memories of his first computer and going online, how he thinks OfficeMaps will evolve into the future, great advice he has received in life and his final message to iTWire viewers and readers, and to OfficeMaps’ current and future customers.

So, I commend the video interview with Robert Wilkinson above - please watch it!

Below is the current OfficeMaps video from the company's website.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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