The necessity to work from home in recent times has impacted businesses in myriad ways and has forced us to rethink the way we work. If there is anything we have learnt from this, it would be the fact that flexible working is now more important than ever – allowing staff to work from whenever, wherever they want. Mobility is and will be a key part of workplace experience strategy and now could be a good time to re-evaluate your strategy and offerings.
We caught up with Jon Howell, Smart Workspaces EMEA Lead at HPE Aruba to hear about his recent observations across the enterprise workplace industry, vision on future of work and how wireless charging can add value to both employees and employers to enhance workplace experience. Check out our interview below:
There is currently an accelerated interest in an aggregated employee solutions, here are some of my observations for better remote working:
There’s certainly been a shift in mindset towards flexibility and mobility, and employees will now demand more in these areas, so what does this mean for the future of workplace experience when employees repatriate the offices globally, how can these needs challenges be addressed? Here’s a few of my thoughts on that below.
With increasing real estate costs, more and more enterprises are now ditching assigned desks and moving to hot desks to maximize the use of spaces. Workspaces are transforming and employees are opting to move freely from desk to meeting rooms to huddle spaces, and finding appropriate quiet spaces away from their desk to concentrate on tasks. With convenient access to power, employees are able to remain connected and have full freedom to move seamlessly between spaces, allowing employees to stay powered up anywhere, anytime.
But with all these new spaces and resources, how can they be managed and tracked accurately? By aggregating multiple sources of data such as WiFi, sensors, meeting room systems together with Chargifi data (usage, dwell time, hyperlocal data), workplace managers can then find out how spaces are being used with a holistic view.
What is even more interesting here is that when compared to other location analytics and sensors, a smart wireless charging spot also gives the user value in return. When companies start using video camera for dwell time and sensors for movement, sometimes employees may feel like they’re being monitored, but with a wireless charging spot, employees would seem to feel less uncomfortable as they are also getting access to power in return.
When employees are away from their desks, they spend most of their time in meeting rooms. Meeting rooms are the perfect example of times in the working day when a top-up of power is in high demand. Being free from messy cables and not having to worry about bringing a cable add to a better experience for employees and help them remain productive.
From an employee perspective, they gain value by having easy access to convenient power and start a personalized meeting experience. From the employer perspective, a cloud-connected wireless charging network gives clarity on the perceived utilization vs true utilization – meaning you will be able to see who was actually in the room and for how long to gain a better insight of how your spaces are currently being used.
The workplace has gone mobile and access to power is a deal-breaker for those looking to stay connected 24/7 – employees demand the same, intuitive and fully connected experience throughout all aspects of work and leisure time. With more collaborative workspaces, smart meeting rooms and smarter buildings require companies to rethink technology – one that should empower the mobile-first generation.
The future of work are going to be defined by better, smarter experiences and no doubt technology is going to play a much bigger role – and now is probably a good time to re-evaluate how workplace experience can be enhanced for when they leave home comforts behind and head back to the office.