Keeping your employees happy is more than a passing trend; across the globe, organisations have proven that a positive atmosphere is what makes them thrive.
Combining a company culture that reflects an enthusiastic and active workforce with a creative office to suit all needs seems challenging and expensive, especially when looking towards Google and Facebook as examples. However, there are aspects of their working style and office design that you can not only replicate, but improve. For example, an office slide may seem like a fun addition to your workplace, but how practical is it? Will your employees actually use it? With the right knowledge and technology, keeping your team smiling will seem less of a challenge, with or without a slide.
1. Smart Sensors: Useful for tracking, but not in the Big Brother sense. Heat maps determine where people are located in the office in real time. Meaning, if an employee were to arrive at the office later in the day and needed a quiet space to work, they could find a seat before even walking through the door. Deloitte’s Edge Building has a dashboard that tracks energy usage and reacts accordingly, even down to when the coffee machines need refilling!
2. Privacy Promise: Security is something of utmost importance to all of us, in our work and personal lives. By storing data in the hybrid cloud, users can benefit from the cost-effectiveness and multi-tenant applications of the public cloud, as well as the privacy promise and uptime reliability of the private cloud. Therefore, your company’s data is safe and it’s one less thing for employees to worry about. For more expertise on cloud security, click here for one of our other articles. In terms of design, private booths, sound-proofing chairs and small phone boxes give people the privacy that they require.
3. Go Green: With tech companies such as Pavegen, who brought out floor tiles that generate energy, it’s becoming easier to reduce your office’s carbon footprint with smart design. In addition, migrating to the cloud is another efficient way of being green. When a business moves its data to the public cloud, they no longer need to run their own individual data centres onsite, meaning in the broader context of global energy consumption, you end up with far fewer data centres needing power. Less data centres onsite mean more space to use for office design - bonus!
4. Get Moving: With the recent discovery that “sitting is the new smoking”, employees seem to be making more of an effort to increase their movement throughout the working day. As featured in the FT, software giant SAP offered their employees to buy a subsidised Fitbit tracker and more than 2,500 signed up. Adobe’s Utah campus, designed by Rapt Studio, includes a basketball court just to encourage exercise within the working day. Another trend catching on is walking meetings; gaining popularity due to the health benefits, stimulation of the brain and improvement of productivity. To get the most out of these WaMs you need the correct technology, which coincidentally brings us to agile working.
5. Agility: An agile working environment is becoming more and more desirable, but companies must possess the technology and connection to benefit. Flexibility is key to employees’ happiness, as it allows them to work from any device from the office, home or anywhere else that they choose, whilst maintaining perfect communication with colleagues and clients. Collaboration is essential in designing not only an office but a work culture.
6. The Right Technology: From an iPad room booking system to audio-visual conference technology, it’s all there to save your employees’ time and make their working day more manageable and efficient, not to mention make your business look good!
You want your business to be awesome, right? Of course, you do! Your team’s happiness is the answer. We’re proud to say that we’ve worked with a variety of companies to help them be the best they can be. If you’re wondering how we can make that happen for you, then get in touch by clicking here.
Written by Catherine Robinson
Catherine Robinson, Author at Viastak Technologists.