Technology in the future workplace
The role of Technology in the workplace of the future
As we look to the future of the office experience around the world, it’s clear that technology will play a pivotal role in what these spaces will offer, feel like, look like, and how they will operate.
These systems will also be essential to preserving productivity and efficiency in the office in a time when companies have realised that fully remote operations are a possibility. Both in-office systems specifically geared towards collaboration, as well as our own personal devices that we use daily, are going to become key tools in not only drawing employees back into the office, but also in ensuring employee safety and well-being.
Seamless Video Conferencing
Both on our personal devices and those that are larger, collaborative video technology has been one of the biggest heroes of the pandemic era. Hardly a day goes by where we are not interfacing on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or any of the other various conferencing technologies on the market. As people return to the office, enhanced meeting capabilities are going to be of utmost importance. Seamless conferencing is crucial, as is being able to key in people who are not in the office when you are. Offices need to transform into a virtual-in-person hybrid without missing a beat—a huge cultural shift aided in large part by workplace technology.
Employee Devices COVID-19 has led to more technology enablement than ever before, by necessity. As a result, personal mobile devices will undoubtedly become more integrated into the day-to-day workplace experience. Individual users will not only use them to communicate, but to connect with smart systems built within the workplace. Through this integration, personal devices will help in securing a conference room or a desk space, ordering food for a meeting—really anything needed to prep for a big meeting can now be accomplished from the palm of your hand. These applications will save employees time as well while increasing their productivity.As wellness continues to be top of mind both at home and in the workplace, personal devices can also be used as an important tool as employees’ well-being is top priority now more than ever. Notifications can be sent out to employees via their phone reminding them to stand up and stretch, take a five-minute mental break, as well as to notify staffers about any other wellness initiatives being implemented throughout the office. This system can also be used to notify employees about the status of office sanitation protocols, giving them much needed peace of mind during a stressful time.
Sustainability and Wellness
Technology also plays an important role in workplace sustainability. Strategically implemented smart systems can gather important data on green performance, informing company decisions for a more environmentally friendly future. Furthermore, technology can be used to easily adjust air flow and control sensors to improve comfort and operational efficiency and moderate other systems that contribute to an office’s carbon footprint. Using 3D digital replicas of workspaces can create impactful sensory data that shows real-time visualisation and analysis of facilities, and stores static construction and manufacture documentation on a single source.
Looking to the future…
The way we work is constantly changing and technology plays a pivotal role in that evolution. The workplace of the future, whatever that may ultimately look like, will inevitably be driven by people and fueled by technology—and with factors like COVID-19 making employers think of new ways to navigate the workplace, having technological solutions that work seamlessly with the office of the future is more important than ever. The workspaces of today and tomorrow must be designed around a user-centric approach—one that prioritizes and invests in the employees’ needs and enables individual productivity and efficiency. Technology and physical spaces must enter into a dual relationship in order to deliver the best experience for both the employee and the company as a whole.