When last were you able to deliver a seriously productive day? Perhaps a more important question is where – was it at the office or at home? If the previous decade saw the ubiquitous rise of the open office, the coming one will see the complete decentralisation of the workplace.
As industries and economies are upended, everyone needs to remain agile and adapt to new ways of working. Fuelled by health concerns, a growing demand for flexible working options requires a different perspective around how a company innovates through collaboration.
As we face spatial challenges, we look to technology to future proof our teams and businesses. While business intelligence will continue to improve the future of smart buildings, it will become increasingly important for technology to offer data streams to help gauge the effectiveness of these new work environments and make decisions to adapt quickly in these fast-changing times.
Today’s knowledge workers can easily become overwhelmed by the number of tools required by their workflows. HubSpot memorably labelled this phenomenon as “death by 1,000 apps.” Conflicting communications platforms combined with the deluge of emails and conference calls can leave people with no time to focus, and an always-on feeling of interruptions without productivity, not to mention key detail and context sometimes being missed.
Training your organisation in effective remote working is one solution, but must go hand in hand with giving them the tools to concentrate as well. For office environments this could mean architecting spaces supported by the right technology such as Panacast video cameras which are ideal for small or large meeting rooms. Its panoramic field of view is perfectly suited to social distancing in meeting rooms. And for home workers, this could mean allocating a budget to set up their home office with ergonomic chairs, reliable internet connections and Evolve2 noise-cancelling headphones with busy-light indicators to let family know if someone was not to be disturbed.
As voice assistant usage grows in the future, our computers and headsets will also allow us to augment ourselves with greater intelligence as these assistants gain further contextual and smart responses to each individuals’ way of working. The features will include predictive analytics and greater natural language processing with better speech recognition, machine translation, natural language generation, semantic search, and machine learning, all of which will drive productivity in our future workspaces.
As globalisation, health concerns and real-estate prices drive the exponential rise of distributed teams, every business needs to have the tools that enable collaboration between both individuals and teams across different locations and time zones.
In offices that will mean creating meeting spaces that allow for safe distancing and smarter spaces for people to work, but we will rarely see meetings that are not in some way virtual. As Sonny Vu, CEO and Founder of Misfit, shares “PanaCast helped us connect teams to each other, especially in big meetings where we couldn’t possibly be in the same room with each other.”
The external world is changing at a rapid pace around us, and connecting the right people with the right technology to help them thrive in any environment, is what will underpin the greatest success stories of the coming decade.
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Every business needs to have the tools that enable collaboration across different locations and time zones.
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