OfficeSpace Announcement

The Future of AI and Workplace Technology: Key Insights from the OfficeSpace Team

Nick Mason
April 15th, 2024

The role of artificial intelligence in the workplace is undergoing a rapid evolution. As new tools, technologies, and capabilities are developed, AI is steadily transforming the way humans work. From the automation of repetitive tasks to predictive analytics to workforce optimization, artificial intelligence offers a wide range of skills and solutions that are revolutionizing the way businesses operate.

In this interview, Andres Avalos and Sahara Muradi from OfficeSpace offer a glimpse into the transformative potential of AI to shape the future of workplace management. They explore strategies around the efficient and ethical use of AI, how new technologies have helped businesses adapt to changing workplace dynamics, and introduce OfficeSpace’s vision for the future and its newest AI tool, Ossie.

Data: The Fuel Powering the AI Engine

All AI systems, from large language models to machine learning to sophisticated automations, rely on data to operate.

“Data acts as the fuel for AI systems,” says Andres Avalos, CPO of OfficeSpace, highlighting the foundational relationship between information and how intelligent systems learn and make decisions. “The quality, volume, and relevance of data directly impact the effectiveness of AI applications. The relationship is symbiotic between the two.”

The key to unlocking the true power of AI systems relies on harnessing the right data. In the workplace, that means measuring and tracking metrics that will empower employers to seamlessly manage and optimize their hybrid work policies and right-size their real estate footprints to support their hybrid work goals and business outcomes. 

“We aim to use AI to provide predictive insights that help in making informed decisions about space planning, resource allocation, and workplace design,” says Avalos. And it all starts with data.

Upcoming AI-Driven Products and Services

Andres Avalos reaffirms OfficeSpace’s commitment to developing AI tools and features that meet the needs and improve the workplace experience (WEX) of actual workers and business leaders. Some of these include:

  • Ease of use and accessibility: Users want AI that’s “intuitive and user-friendly” and requires minimal training and new skills for both younger and older workers.
  • Automated processes: From booking meeting rooms to managing schedules, “automation of routine and simple tasks” remains a high priority.
  • Data-driven insights: More than just data analysis, users want “predictive analytics” to forecast needs and suggest improvements.
  • Customization and personalization: AI that tailors the experience to individual needs, from workspace recommendations to wellness suggestions, is key.
  • Integration with existing systems: A seamless workflow is crucial, so AI solutions should “integrate with [a user’s] current tech stack.”

Meet Ossie: Your Friendly AI Assistant 

OfficeSpace is leading the charge in integrating AI into the workplace with its innovative solutions, including Workplace Intelligence and the soon-to-evolve AI assistant, Ossie. Let’s delve into what these programs offer and how they’re shaping the future of work environments.

Workplace Intelligence: Data-Driven Decisions for Smarter Workspaces

Hailed as the top business intelligence solution for workplace utilization data, Workplace Intelligence empowers teams to make informed decisions about their real estate and employee experience. It achieves this by:

  • Tracking and analyzing occupancy data: Gain insights into how your space is actually being used, identifying underutilized areas and optimizing resource allocation.
  • Enabling data-driven decisions: Move beyond guesswork and leverage data to make informed choices about your real estate portfolio and employee experience initiatives.

Ossie: Your Personalized AI Assistant

Ossie primarily serves as an information hub, but will soon be answering user queries about locations, colleagues, space types, and OfficeSpace integrations with tools like Slack and Teams. There are exciting developments are underway:

  • Evolving from information retrieval to action: Ossie now has the ability to take action based on your requests, helping you find specific colleagues or locations within the office with ease. Watch as asking Ossie to “find John in the marketing department” and being guided directly to his location!
Ossie—OfficeSpace AI Assistant

Navigating the AI Maze: Privacy and Trust 

The oft-quoted phrase, “With great power comes great responsibility,” has never been more true when it comes to the seemingly boundless capabilities of artificial intelligence. The crucial data collected, analyzed, and used by AI must be carefully safeguarded and curated to protect privacy.

OfficeSpace understands the immense potential of AI to transform workplace management but recognizes the crucial role it must play in protecting user privacy. This core belief sits at the heart of its AI vision, guiding every step of development and implementation.

“We believe in developing AI solutions that are transparent, equitable, and privacy-preserving. It is essential for us to ensure that our AI-driven recommendations support diverse workstyles and respect individual preferences while optimizing the experience of using software. Ethical considerations guide our AI development process, from data collection to model deployment, ensuring that our technologies enhance work environments without compromising fairness or privacy,” says Avalos.

A Commitment to Data Privacy

OfficeSpace recognizes the sensitive nature of private data and prioritizes its responsible collection and use. This commitment manifests in several ways:

  • Strict Adherence to Standards: OfficeSpace adheres to stringent global data protection standards, ensuring compliance with regulations that safeguard user information.
  • Anonymization and Encryption: Robust anonymization and encryption techniques mask individual identities, protecting user privacy.
  • Transparency and Control: OfficeSpace offers clients clear controls over their data and transparent documentation about its data handling practices, fostering informed consent and trust.
  • Fairness and Equity: AI solutions are designed to support diverse workstyles and individual preferences, ensuring that optimization never comes at the expense of fairness or inclusivity.

OfficeSpace’s commitment to responsible AI development and new technology is woven into the fabric of its vision for the future, and it shapes every interaction they have with workers and their data. 

As Avalos reiterates, “By prioritizing data privacy, we aim to foster trust with our clients, ensuring that our AI solutions deliver value without compromising the confidentiality and integrity of the data entrusted to us.”

As business ventures further into the AI landscape, OfficeSpace remains steadfast in the belief that progress and privacy can coexist, paving the way for a future where technology empowers individuals and companies alike without compromising the fundamental right to privacy.

How Artificial Intelligence Facilitates Efficient Hybrid Work 

The future of hybrid work is buzzing with anticipation, and at the forefront of this transformation sits artificial intelligence. The potential for AI tools to streamline workflows, increase efficiency, and provide a seamless workplace experience has experts like Sahara Muradi from OfficeSpace excited about its impact on both business leaders and employees. Let’s dive into Muradi’s insights and see how AI technology is already making business operations smoother, more efficient, and, ultimately, more enjoyable for everyone.

Improving Facility Management


The name of the game for facility managers is logistics. Coordinating a variety of moving parts together in concert is necessary to achieve an efficient workplace that is making the most of its available space and resources and able to respond to changing employment dynamics. The advent of hybrid work introduced even more moving parts and complex challenges. But, using AI, facilities managers have help.

“AI-powered chatbots can assist with automation of routine tasks like booking desks and meeting rooms, facilitating office-related requests, and answering frequently asked questions,” explains Muradi. AI in the workplace frees up valuable time for human resources to focus on other jobs that require a human touch, such as strategic planning and problem-solving.


When it comes to office configurations and space utilization, AI can quickly analyze and leverage occupancy patterns, presence data, and employee preferences collected by IoT sensors and other smart technologies. As Muradi points out, “This makes it easier to optimize space layouts and resource allocation.” 

No more underutilized spaces sitting dormant that could be put to better use. Instead, you can identify these inefficiencies and reallocate space accordingly. AI can even suggest specific dates for in-office events, social gatherings, and in-person collaborative sessions based on “peak days” of occupancy. Say goodbye to scouring lengthy email chains and trying to coordinate between numerous different hybrid schedules just to pick a day for an employee appreciation event or an all-hands meeting.  


The key to facilities management is making informed decisions about your workspaces. Muradi highlights how AI can “drive data-driven decisions on energy consumption, equipment usage, and asset management.” This means identifying areas for improvement and cost savings and even predicting equipment failures before they happen with “predictive maintenance.” 

AI allows managers to gain crucial actionable insights from the highest level to the most granular level, ensuring that the workplace is set up for maximum efficiency.

Enhancing Employee Experience


Say goodbye to the frustration of searching for a workspace. As Muradi notes, chatbots can guide you to available desks, meeting rooms, and amenities with ease, facilitating a “seamless workspace experience.” Desk booking, hot desking, room booking, and other dynamic scheduling can be automated by AI, ensuring that each employee has the space they need to be productive.


Hybrid work models have made collaboration more complex. Team members are frequently communicating from different locations, time zones, and even languages. AI-powered technology helps bridge the gap, as Muradi emphasizes, “enhancing collaboration with tools that facilitate communication and collaboration between employees,” no matter where they are.


Employees can feel safe and protected with AI-powered security systems. These systems, as Muradi explains, “improve safety by detecting and responding to potential threats and emergencies more quickly and efficiently.” Peace of mind at work? Yes, please!


Imagine your workspace tailored to your individual preferences. This personalized comfort, as Muradi paints the picture, will create a “more comfortable and effective work environment” where workers feel heard and supported. For example, do you prefer head-down spaces to concentrate? Or do you thrive in a more collaborative environment? AI can help personalize your working preferences so you can maximize job productivity between meetings.

Taking a cue from users, OfficeSpace has a number of exciting AI features currently in development. Their AI Assistant, for instance, will allow users to find colleagues, book desks or conference rooms, and more through natural language processing. Additionally, AI-leveraged “smart suggestions and data-driven insights” will empower facility managers to make better decisions regarding space and resources, reducing real estate costs and wasteful spending. OfficeSpace is also analyzing avenues to highlight opportunities for AI technology to drive sustainable practices and allow users to reduce their environmental impact. 

The Future of Work with AI: Efficiency, Personalization, and Seamless Experiences

OfficeSpace’s vision for AI extends far beyond automation. They aim to create a seamlessly integrated and personalized work experience for everyone. By combining the power of Workplace Intelligence with the evolving capabilities of Ossie, we can expect:

  • Increased efficiency: Automated tasks and real-time data insights will free up valuable time for both employees and facility managers.
  • Personalized workspaces: Tailored recommendations for workspace preferences, colleagues to connect with, and even wellness suggestions will enhance individual comfort and productivity.
  • Seamless interactions: Ossie, acting as your AI concierge, will perform tasks and streamline your workday.

Final Takeaways:

OfficeSpace’s commitment to utilizing evolving AI technologies to make the workplace more efficient is unmatched. Finding new ways to save time and money, optimize productivity, and facilitate collaboration, OfficeSpace plans to continue creating tools that support businesses and allow them to make the most of their space and resources, promising:

  • Privacy First: OfficeSpace prioritizes responsible AI development, ensuring data privacy and transparency throughout the process. This commitment builds trust and paves the way for ethical AI adoption.
  • Efficiency for All: AI automates routine tasks, frees up valuable time, and optimizes space allocation, benefiting both facility managers and employees.
  • Personalized Workspaces: Imagine AI tailoring your workspace preferences, suggesting collaboration opportunities, and even offering well-being recommendations – a future of personalized work environments awaits.
  • Seamless Experiences: From booking meeting rooms to finding colleagues, AI assistants like Ossie will streamline daily tasks and create a more intuitive workplace experience.
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Real-time occupancy data and predictive analytics empower informed decision-making for both space optimization and employee experience initiatives.

Looking Ahead

The future of work is collaborative, efficient, and personalized, thanks to AI. Solutions like Workplace Intelligence and Ossie are just the beginning. As AI continues to evolve, we can expect even more innovative tools and applications that enhance productivity, well-being, and overall workplace satisfaction.

This is not just about technology; it’s about empowering people. By embracing AI responsibly and ethically, we can create a future where work is not just a place to be but a place to thrive.