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Modernize Your Workplace With These 7 Ways to Create a Smart Office
Posted by Insightlink on 01/18/19
A productive modern workplace takes advantage of smart technologies to make workers’ jobs easier and more satisfying. A smart office also utilizes technology to automate daily routines and everyday tasks, so work flows smoothly and employees have more time for creative, constructive thinking. Whether you are setting up your workspace in a new office or have an existing business that’s looking to update to more modern times, consider the following ways to create the perfect smart office.
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Consider installing a hub and adding smart lights, a smart thermostat, virtual reality cameras, and speakers — all voice-controlled. You can allow workers to control their own locally-placed devices or set everything up on a single network and control it with a smartphone. Switching to a smart thermostat gives you greater control over the office temperature and climate and can save you money on utilities.
VUIs also make the workplace more user-friendly for those with weakened motor functions, older employees with diminished sensory abilities, and the visually impaired. Studies have shown that older workers who have a harder time adapting to modern technology prefer VUIs over keyboard interactions, which means this technology makes the workplace more functional for most workers.
Products like Dropbox and Google Docs are generally free up to a certain storage amount, or you can upgrade to unlimited storage capabilities. QuickBooks and similar programs connect to the cloud to let you store all your financials securely online. Products like Salesforce let you track and personalize customer interactions with your brand’s touchpoints from start to finish. All the information is stored online and can be used to continuously improve customer experience.
Also, when you upgrade your conference rooms, switch out projectors for big-screen televisions and use Chromecast or Apple TV to make it easier for employees, guests, and management to deliver presentations straight from their laptops.
Utilizing smart office technology can help turn a constrictive, unproductive workspace into an interactive and exciting environment that alleviates monotony and isolation for employees, creating room for greater collaboration, employee engagement, and job satisfaction. It also can help upgrade the company image into one that says you’re keeping pace with the changing times. By automating processes and taking advantage of tech innovations, you can save both time and money, enhance an inclusive office culture, and revolutionize the way you do business.
This article was submitted by Laura Gayle, BusinessWomanGuide.org.
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