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More and more technology hubs, co-workings and offices are opting for the smart trend

In a  previous post we talked about smart buildings, but we have detected a growth in the trend of smart offices so in this post we will be focusing on how technology can transform our workspace.

Although it may seem that investing in offices is a very recent issue, in 1924 Hawthorne Works already carried out productivity studies on its employees and began making changes to optimize some of the decisive factors: changes in rest schedules, variations in the duration of the workday, weather conditions and the influence of lighting.

Smart Offices are the evolution of offices in today’s environment: demanding, changing and where technology is the mainstay.

What makes an office smart?

Offices can be considered Smart Offices when it has the necessary technology to allow its employees to work better, faster and more intelligently. In it, collective spaces predominate, to favor interaction between people and improve their communication.

Having a real-time capacity control system allows the office manager to know how many people are in each area, how many tables are empty and the influx for days and hours, thus being able to optimize the organization of the space according to the needs of the moment.

What are the key concepts of smart offices?

1. Productivity and work motivation: The use of technologies that makes employees’ work more comfortable can increase their productivity, such as having software to perform their tasks more easily or having control of the ambient temperature.

2. Communication: To contribute to agile work, it is very important to promote communication between employees, managers, customers and suppliers. That is why investing in tools that allow rapid, open and effective Communication will allow improving the transparency of the business. For example, having rooms for video calls with teams that are in another geographical area or ambivalent meeting rooms that employees can book when they have an external visit.

3. Environmental impact: Energy efficency is on everyone’s lips and it’s very important that offices have demand-controlled HVAC systems. In a previous post we talked about how knowing the occupation of a building in real time through people counters allows to reduce enerygy cinsumption and CO2 concentration levels.

To conclude, at Counterest we believe that smart offices are not a passing fad, but an evolution more than necessary in the current context, in which everything that surrounds us is smart and our workspace can’t be left behind.