Whether it’s a work-from-home setup, a hybrid model or calling everyone back to the office, companies are exploring options to make employees return to their workplace. However, as the risks of Covid-19 continue to evolve, organizations will need to be adaptable as to how they reshape the corporate culture to support new working models. Especially, when the post-covid world has made us believe that office structures are no longer important for higher productivity, or attracting/retaining good talent.
Although no matter what business model the management chooses to work with, technology plays an essential role in its success. Our work environment continues to evolve as technology changes how we design, optimize, and think about our workplace. And the emergence of the smart office is arguably the most transformative change in the workplace today as it leverages technology to increase the productivity efficiency of businesses. By leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) technology within the office, physical objects are connected to the digital space through software's and sensors, thus leading to an increase in the overall efficiency and better workplace management.
Smart offices are poised to replace conventional office spaces and revamp the offices of the future. Let’s take a look as to how moving towards a smart office can make businesses more efficient and productive -
Smart offices helps optimize space management
With IoT-integrated office spaces, you can make the most of the space available, unlike traditional setups that provide no visibility on how the space is being occupied and utilized. IQnext, a space management software, can help organizations act quickly with real-time insightful data on your building’s occupancy patterns with comprehensive reports on specific time periods, departments, rooms, occupancy heatmaps and even motion trails. Smart offices thus enable them to make insightful data-driven decisions to improve their work space.
Smart offices helps in building energy management system
It is easy to incur high utility bills when you run an office, such as electricity, heating, and cooling. However, with Smart offices, you can allow businesses to better manage their resources, resulting in energy management and cost savings. With IQnext’s IoT integrated workspace, you can allow businesses to better manage their resources - you can create departments and monitor energy usage and occupancy patterns, and take appropriate action as and when needed. In fact, with a few clicks, you can compare consumptions for different buildings, floors and time periods empowering you to make data-driven decisions.
With IQnext, you can also integrate Indoor Air Quality(IAQ) that can help you keep a track of what you breathe!
Smart offices make hybrid work possible
Smart offices not only make office space more effective for regular goers but also make hybrid models easier and effective. Post-pandemic, employees want the flexibility to work from home, and in order to attract/retain top talent for your business, hybrid model is the way to go!
With IoT systems in place, companies can easily track the number of people present in the office, area/workspaces available, how crowded the office is on any given day to save them a commute if there aren’t enough available workstations for them. IQnext’s simple and intuitive mobile app can also help you sort and pre-book the rooms based on the seating capacity and amenities such as projector availability. Not only this, your meeting can be automatically added to your calendar with a prior notification, thus, ensuring timely collaboration among the attendees.
If you’re looking to support your team and create a productive work environment, look no further. Because with smart offices, you avoid all the guessing work as you have data to make the right decision for your team and your business. Smart offices give businesses the data they need to continually optimize.
And though companies are flexible on the work model strategies, physical office properties are here to stay, given they constantly evolve to meet the ever-changing needs. And no matter what size your company is and what business model strategy you adopt, integrating IoT in your office can help increase productivity significantly. So, are you ready to transform your office space into a Smart office?