The advent of advanced technologies creates many conditions for companies to start thinking about how to create smart offices. Now that everyone is gradually returning to office work, it is clear that the old office design no longer offers any benefits to employees.
The essence of such an office is that various systems can communicate with each other, transmitting information, via Bluetooth, as well as Wi-Fi. The information obtained can be used to optimize many processes as well as systems. This may include how the office lighting is set up, how the air is cleaned, and how the room is heated or cooled.
Nothing stops businesses from decorating office space the way they want. Each company has its distinctive design. You can develop different concepts for the design of space and fittings that will convey the mission of your company.
However, if you also invest in a smart office, then you can benefit from this in that you will save a lot of money in the long run, as well as increase productivity by creating an ideal environment for your workers.
Investment in the future of your company
According to the latest research conducted among the many companies that have already created such an atmosphere, we can highlight the following impressive consequences of such an investment:
- Over 55% of the companies surveyed said they saw long-term savings for their business;
- About 50% of companies noted that such an office helps to create a safe space where nothing threatens the health of employees.
On the one hand, you can invest in expensive office furniture. For example, nesting training tables for the training team, desktops for employees made from natural materials, a luxury sofa set for a meeting room where you will communicate with clients, and modern household appliances – serve as a great motivation for employees and create a positive attitude. On the other hand, smart appliances and devices that can communicate with each other will bring benefits to both owners and employees of companies.
Benefits for your company
Health and hygiene enhancements
All employees often come into contact with a variety of objects located in the office. Now many are striving to reduce the number of contacts, given the unstable epidemiological situation in the world.
Smart offices are safe spaces where employees do not have to frequently touch various surfaces. In such offices, special systems are installed, thanks to which employees do not need to touch light switches, as well as remote controls for ventilation or air conditioning. Thus, the risk of spreading diseases is greatly reduced.
Reducing power consumption
Installed and integrated systems help control efficient energy consumption. For example, sensors can read information about the presence of people in the room. If no one is in the room, the light will turn off. Various devices that are not currently in use may also be turned off. When people enter the room, the light will automatically turn on, but no one will need to press the light switch.
System and device monitoring
The Internet of Things technology helps to receive information from various devices. Thanks to this, you can receive data about their status promptly. If any of the devices are faulty or are about to fail, you can quickly fix all the problems or replace the equipment so that you do not face downtime. This helps to avoid significant financial waste.
Ideal conditions for employees
Many companies are vying for talented people who can take their business to the next level. However, employees, in addition to decent wages, also need perfect working conditions. Equipping the office with technology improves the lives of employees. Smart technologies help to attract talent, as well as retain staff so that they do not have the desire to look for another job.
Ease of control
If earlier all employees were rooted to their desks, where they used a desktop computer, now in smart offices, employees can use smartphones, as well as tablets to control various devices and perform tasks. Using one gadget, everyone can, for example, change the lighting, book a parking space or a conference room for negotiations, adjust the air conditioning, and much more.
Increasing employee safety
In addition to reducing surface touching with technology, you can use thermal imaging systems to monitor employees’ body temperatures. The implementation of digital sensors, as well as virtual reservation systems, helps prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.
Thanks to such technologies, employees can pre-book their workplaces when visiting the office, manage vending machines, track the number of people in the room using cameras, and much more.
Technologies for installation
Speaking of smart technologies, it is not always clear what this may refer to. The word “smart” can refer to the following:
- Reservation system. It is a user interface on various devices that employees can use. This can be used to book facilities, and equipment and optimize their use;
- This helps to make efficient use of light sources. You get the opportunity to program lighting sources, as well as save energy consumption. Lighting can be adjusted as needed, and it can also automatically adjust to suit all circumstances;
- There is furniture that is made based on the Internet of things technology. You can collect information about trends in furniture use, as well as make decisions to make changes to workspaces to increase efficiency;
- This includes not only convenient control of the air purification system, as well as space heating, but also more. This also includes sensors that can detect hazardous substances in the air.
Investing in a smart office provides benefits for both the company and employees. First of all, technologies help to secure the workspace and also provide convenience for its rational use. The benefit to the company lies in saving money, as well as retaining employees, and attracting talent.