When you hear the words “modern office”, what do you think? Many people start talking about open concepts, ample natural lighting, and contemporary furniture. That’s all true. But today’s modern office is much more than the physical environment. Intelligent technologies are changing the way employees interact with and work within their offices. The modern office is a smart office.
Don’t underestimate digital transformation. Digital transformation is huge. Monumental. Pervading every corner of companies. Businesses are pouring trillions of dollars into it. But … what is it?
In many ways, it sounds like one more business buzzword we can add to the list along with phrases like “growth hacking,” “ideation,” and “corporate synergy.” That’s because digital transformation is big and amorphous, and means different things to different companies. But its significance should not be underestimated.
Picture this: You prepared all week for an important meeting on Thursday afternoon. Clients have come in from out of town to attend. Partners from across the city will also be joining. In addition to the amount of time you’ve spent preparing the presentation, you spent hours searching for the right room to accommodate the number of people and technical needs, ordered catering so food arrives at the right time, and coordinated with the front desk staff each time there is a change to the guest list.
Hospitals are places of healing and refuge. In today’s world, as the pace of modern medicine continuously accelerates, a hospital must consider other factors in addition to expert staffing and state-of-the-art tools. Hospitals and healthcare settings should pay particular attention to the complex environment surrounding their patients within their care.
Indeed, a growing body of research finds that a patient’s physical environment is instrumental in the overall healing process. A hospital’s environment affects patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness, and quality of care.
I think you’ll agree, we have a directional problem
Remember your first day of classes at university? You arrive on campus with your bag brimming with materials, excited for a fresh start. Your first class of the day is in the business building, room A311. When you enter the front door, you have no idea which way to turn. Students and administrators are rushing about you on their own way to their own destinations. You hesitantly turn down one hallway and find yourself in front of room D110. Does the D denote a wing of the building? Are you looking for a room on the first floor since you’re in an A or the third floor since it’s room 311? What does it all mean? Where are you supposed to go? The panic starts to rise as the clock ticks.
These days, every smart business has their eye to the future. Not just for goal-setting, benchmarking, and bottom-line growth, but for cultivating the type of office environment that serves as a lasting space for attracting top talent and allowing workers to flourish.
We’ve gone in depth with our own 10 steps to creating tomorrow’s future workplace today, which you can read about in one of our recent blog posts. With the right amount of planning that focuses around an understanding and appreciation of the way your employees work best, you don’t have to invest millions into creating the type of future workplace that rivals that of Google or Facebook. The future, after all, is all about people.
How often do you find yourself in front of another guest log book in a fancy office building lobby, hurriedly scribbling your name at the end of the a long list of names and times before you? Then you hand over your ID, have your photo taken, and wait as your visitor pass is printed out.
But wait, your host must have forgotten to add you to the day’s front desk visitor list because they can’t find you on the approved list. So you stand and wait while front desk security calls up to your host company.
Your meeting host is away from his desk, so you just have to sit tight until they can be tracked down. As the minutes tick by, you worry about the time cutting in to your meeting. If the meeting goes over, you’ll have to push back all of your afternoon appointments.
IoT: The buzzword of the decade.
After years of talk, the Internet of Things (IoT) is more pervasive than ever. It’s in our homes, our cars, and now our offices. And it’s going to continue to grow in ways we haven’t yet even imagined. You don’t have to look too far into the future to see the increasing prevalence of IoT throughout modern workplaces.
What does that mean for the modern office? How can data collected via IoT help employees improve productivity? Will it improve conveniences and employee satisfaction? How can we leverage IoT to get deeper insights into how the workplace is utilized?
Workplace wayfinding and meeting management systems have long operated side-by-side in two siloed systems.
However, thanks to new technologies, you can now easily integrate meeting management software with workplace wayfinding to create an interactive tool for your employees to book meetings and find their way around the workplace quickly and efficiently. AskCody offers one of these solutions with AskCody WayFinder being integrated with Outlook, Office 365 or Google Calendar.
Here are six simple reasons why you should integrate your workplace wayfinding with your meeting management system.
Learn what wins, it will bring to your organization's productivity.