A Major Oil and Gas Company Faces Expansion


Identifying Critical Teams Ahead of Growth

One of the world’s largest oil and gas companies announced a multi-year plan to expand an oil refinery plant, increase productivity by 200%, and increase headcount by 80%. This major financial decision and rapid team growth resulted in challenges around space planning and where to put new employees. The company had several options: they could add trailers adjacent to the plant, invest in expanding the building or relocate team members to another building a 15-minute drive away. They needed to know which option made the most sense, and which teams could be relocated with minimal disruption to productivity.

Looking At Office Communication Patterns

The oil and gas company deployed Humanyze technology to identify which of the remaining 10 teams were most critical in the current location – and which teams could potentially move to a new location without interrupting communication flow and affecting productivity. Using the Humanyze Elements Platform, the company was able to measure the volume and frequency of team interactions and map out the amount of time spent in each part of the campus.

I was able to assess safety and productivity in a multi-billion dollar plant expansion with much greater speed and certainty than I thought possible.
-VP People Analytics, Global Oil and Gas Company
Humanyze Elements Platform - Communication Table

Making the Move

Two teams had been identified as critical and needed to remain on-premise at the refinery plant. By looking at communication patterns, two additional teams were found to be especially connected to the critical teams; moving these teams would negatively impact communication and productivity. By looking at office space usage and team interactions, the corporation identified four different teams that they could be confident moving to an external location. The oil and gas company felt comfortable moving the non-critical teams to a nearby building, rather than investing in a costly building expansion. This saved the company millions of dollars on a potential building addition and allowed for minimal disruption during both the growth and move.