From the way we communicate with each other via mobile phones, to the way we shop using online stores, technology has influenced the way we live. It is no surprise then that with the advent of smart homes, a new burgeoning trend has come about: smart offices.
A smart office is a workplace where technology enables people to work better, faster and, of course, smarter. Sensors and mobile apps help employees perform menial tasks efficiently and increase productivity, so they have enough time to focus on innovating and growing the business.
In the UK, 87% of recruiters say that these unconventional, smart offices are quickly becoming a differentiating factor for companies looking to attract the best talent and to increase employee loyalty.
To remain competitive, businesses need to upgrade themselves and stay relevant in the market. Here are some key solutions in this space to help you get started.
Smarter Work Stations
For increasingly tech-enabled offices, the idea of spending every working day sitting at the same desk is quickly becoming outdated. Organisations have become increasingly aware of the health risks of a sedentary work environment and use standing and height-adjustable desks. These desks are lauded not only for their health benefits but their ability to increase employees’ productivity and creativity as well.
Smart offices go beyond that. They utilise desks that can not only track how long users have been sitting or standing but can also make recommendations for seat adjustments to help the user stay attentive, productive and comfortable. Data across the office can even be pulled into a leaderboard, creating a gamification system that makes encouraging and adopting healthier work habits enjoyable.
Managing Contactless Access for offices
In the US, 40% of office visitors report negative experiences with the reception and the front desk of corporate lobbies. And that makes sense. In a traditional office, applying for visitor access can be a painful process, often complicated by miscommunication and administrative hurdles.
GTRIIP’s solution tackles this problem by generating digital keys that can be used on a visitor’s mobile device. This significantly reduces the time-consuming process of filling up forms, getting access cards and personnel verification for visitors and employees.
Access status can also be checked at a glance by the management or administration, enhancing security and accountability at the workplace.
Self-Adjusting Lighting And Temperature Regulation
The debate on temperature settings in the office is a source of much annoyance and frustration to employees.
Imagine walking into a workspace with your ideal temperature and lighting conditions already set up for you. No more having to get up and fiddling with the controls after a colleague changes the temperature. No more dealing with frigid afternoons, due to the centralised air conditioning either.
Smart technology uses multiple sensors to control variables such as temperature and lighting in a more detail-oriented and intuitive manner than regular technology can achieve. Precise data gathered by smart technology generates detailed insights on user patterns. This data then helps inform customised solutions that suit the employees’ individual preferences.
Catering to individual employee needs makes the office space more comfortable for the employees. This boosts employee morale and productivity significantly, thereby contributing to the company’s growth.
There is no doubt that smart office solutions will change the future of work, making offices more energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable and digitally secure.
Especially with the higher expectations of young millennials and Gen Z employees joining the workforce, smart offices can potentially attract future talent for the organisation as well.
The Smart Office Market was valued at USD 28.04 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 55.62 billion by 2025, showing no signs of slowing down. With work from home measures currently implemented throughout the world, organisations now have time to plan out changes that can level up their working space.
To find out more about transforming your office for the future with GTRIIP you can read about our office solutions here: https://www.gtriip.com/office.
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