The workplace as we used to know it is evolving rapidly.
The baby boomer generation, accustomed to work in traditional offices with fixed office hours, has begun to reach the retirement age, and a young generation of tech-savvy and on-the-go workers is replacing them.
This switch in demographics and work preferences it not only impacting the work culture but also the physical workplace itself. To create work life experiences that matter to our employees, it is crucial that HR professionals together with their facility and workplace design teams consider how to create workplaces that enhance innovation, creativity, satisfaction without compromising cost efficiency.
Utilizing sensor technologies and the power of internet of things to track employee behavior and performance can be key assets to create a great workplace.
Utilizing sensor technology for higher employee comfort
To be able to compete in the war for talent one of the keys for companies will be to create more personalized workplace experiences that cater to the needs and wellbeing of the employees occupying the building.
Utilizing sensor technology, we will be able to understand how our employees move around the building, where our amenities create the most value and which workplace services are preferred at what times.
Through a new agreement, ISS will tap IBM's Watson IoT platform utilising sensor technologies in buildings to make workplaces more personalised, intuitive and user-friendly.
This will allow us to find out how people work now and in the future and ensure that the workplaces are the kinds of places where people actually want to be - not just need to be.
Enhancing the employee productivity
The fact that employees that are engaged with their work also are more productive makes logical sense and has for years been backed up by a large amount of employee satisfaction data.
But can we be sure that measuring employee engagement and productivity through survey’s is what is going to make a difference for our understanding of employee behavior and wellbeing?
Employees are humans, just like the rest of us and answering a couple of survey questions may not provide the whole story.
Applying the ISS & IBM sensor integration in the workplace however, HR professionals and business managers can get the full picture of employees’ daily interactions and work patterns.
Sensors can be applied to furniture, meeting rooms, ventilation systems or even badges to understand how different workplace parameters influence the employee engagement. Are employees more productive and engaged when working in teams or individually? Is the air quality creating the optimal conditions for the employee productivity? And is the current setting in the canteen optimal for communication and employee interaction?
There is no doubt that collecting the correct type of behavioral data and using analytics, HR professionals and mangers can be confident to make employees more engaged and productive. Even better, they will have data to back up their claims of increased productivity.