1. Workplace design
Modern workplaces are highly flexible spaces that offer more choices than the stodgy and bland offices of just a decade or two ago.
They need to include not only formal meeting spaces, but also collaboration areas, informal hang outs, different desk types and high tech spaces with collaboration technologies such as telepresence.
New build projects that link design with wellbeing and productivity are increasing, but like many companies, you may be repurposing your existing space.
The key to success is remaining flexible and responding to changing needs. It’s a fact that forecast demand and actual use of workspace are often different to what was originally imagined.
When you compare design and user experience, it’s clear that user experience adapts to the way people actually use the space. You must be responsive, because the market demands it.
And while this flexibility sounds great, it can be a challenge to manage properly.
2. The technology toolset
This is a critical component that supports a more agile workforce and provides greater flexibility for staff to locate and use space around tasks being performed.
Technologies that integrate with meeting software and support workplace transformation include:
For information and engagement, eg helping workers locate the right space or colleague
These connect meeting participants seamlessly, saving time and creating meetings that work
Panels and other room
Integrated with the in-room experience, for information and supporting the provision of services such as catering.
Giving real-time information on space and people, giving people a fast route to locate what they need
eg VC and AV, which can connect staff wherever they are.
Further technologies are on their way, including AI and automated tools for repetitive tasks, but because AI is still developing and workplace metrics are being gathered, AI support is still a future reality.
3. Building infrastructure
Everyone’s talking about the Smart Building these days. Important elements of building infrastructure to consider are:
Greater integration of building controls and building systems – 68% of respondents in a recent survey said they were planning to invest.
the internet of things will provide more and more useful data on how a building and its facilities are being utilised.
FM executives globally say they are planning to increase investment by 50%. It’s a priority for many organisations.
Because these innovations – and the management reports created by meeting software – give insight how your workspace is being used, evolving building technology will make workplace transformation easier and more cost-effective.