After the pandemic, employees’ expectations of the workplace have changed. They want it to be as comfortable as possible, just like their home office — along with well-kept systems and technology — ensuring a smooth collaboration. This gradually led to the evolution of smart workplace tech.
According to the global marketplace report, the smart workplace is anticipated to reach $53 billion by the end of 2025. Building a smart workplace may not be super easy. But you can definitely take the first step by using smart workplace tech.
Let’s have a look at how smart workplace tech is transforming different companies in 2022.
Employee Engagement Applications
Even after embracing the hybrid workplace culture, employers are still facing issues to keep their employees connected. However, mobile apps — a kind of smart workplace tech — can help overcome the challenge.
Mobile apps can help employees to find information, places and people. They can also showcase menus, announcements, location-based maps, etc. — to help employees connect with the office environment — even if they aren’t there physically.
Wayfinding & Navigation
With wayfinding solutions, both employees and visitors can easily navigate the new office environment. If it is your first day at the office or the first day after a long time, wayfinding can eliminate the need for asking directions.
Besides, you can also reduce the time you would have spent searching for the destination yourself. You can employ these solutions to present different announcements like road closures, weather alerts, upcoming events, etc.
Occupancy sensors further improve different kinds of smart workplace technologies, such as reservation software, space planning software, building maintenance solutions, etc.
Using the occupancy data, facilities managers can adjust their office space and keep track of the trends. They can even notify the cafeteria’s food service provider to prepare a few meals on specific days or adjust the maintenance crews depending on the expected occupancy.
If a dedicated desk isn’t present for employees, they would surely need a place to secure their belongings and receive mail. In that case, smart lockers can come to the rescue.
Smart lockers use an electronic system that can be accessed through a touchscreen and unlocked from a code sent to the mobile app. They can provide scalable storage space without the need to add rows or rows of new lockers, especially when there is an agile workplace.
Meeting Room Solutions
False scarcity is a common problem associated with desks or meeting rooms. It usually occurs when a staff reserves a meeting space in advance and then cancels it.
But by integrating sensors with the reservation software, you can develop an automated workflow. In this workflow, the reservation will get canceled automatically if there isn’t any activity after a certain time.