Any innovative organisation relies on integrated, connected and streamlined technology to empower efficiency and creativity in the workplace. To stay ahead of the competition in your industry, you need to deploy technology at work to reduce friction in collaboration and productivity. While technology promises business resilience and exponential growth, you might think that digital clutter and distractions impact focus and productivity. One might also say that technology in the office incurs high maintenance costs, not to mention that it may limit building meaningful relationships at work.
With the need for a reliable communications system and the rise of flexible work arrangements, unwillingness to embrace technology is a recipe for poor employee experience and customer service. If you are leading a forward-thinking organisation, keep reading to know how you can implement technology in ways that benefit your goals.
Create Collaborative Environments To Complement Technology
Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, we will see more offices redesign their floor space and adopt contactless pathways that use motion sensors or facial recognition. As some people return to their offices, businesses will have to rethink their office design in ways that comply with health protocols and complement platforms for project management and group messaging.
Modern offices will need to retrofit their open-plan layouts. This may mean installing glazed partitions and removing previous solid walls between departments to encourage positive work relationships. Doing so also has the benefit of improving lighting and ventilation – two workplace factors of creativity.
Will also need to consider the use of creative and collaborative spaces and what technology you might need to have a seamless meeting on work devices and/or integrate with others who are not in the office at the same time in a post pandemic work from home world.
Purely having technology at desks is a thing of the past.
Modern Office Allows Hybrid Work
Without a doubt, outstanding leadership and team effort happen with trust, respect, accountability, clarity, and empathy at the workplace. This usually occurs when every team member is sharing the same space for a productive brainstorming session. But, with the pandemic raging on, modern office design won’t be the same again as many businesses plan to embrace new hybrid work models.
The future of office design will have the mental health of returning employees in mind, which includes wellness areas and nature to assist work-life integration. Still, the role of the office will be redefined as an individual preference. You will have to provide employees with the latest video-conferencing equipment and a fast internet connection to optimise their remote work wherever they are more comfortable.
Know the Needs of Your Business
Finally, the best approach to technology adoption begins with a good understanding of how your business works from a customer perspective. You can start by developing a plan to identify where you need the boost and acquire the relevant tools to fill those gaps. Ideally, you should aim to streamline the technology used for remote work and office setup. To make this possible, you can consult with your IT and start looking into custom business WiFi solutions for your entire system. You may also have to provide your team with particular computer models that meet their roles and work location requirements.
If you’re looking for help on changing the layout of your office to encourage collaboration and make more use of open plan environments please get in touch and we will be happy to assist.