Planning a Smart Office

While it seems like the factory floor has been quickly evolving to make space for new and more innovative equipment, other than computers getting smaller, the office still looks relatively the same.

The cubicles are still there, along with the photocopier and printer in the corner. The modular carpets, flickering florescent lights, and stale donuts are the baseline for when it comes to office environments. However, with companies like Google and Facebook investing in interesting and stimulating offices, therefore attracting a high caliber of employee and getting a high level of productivity out of them, there has been a huge movement towards investment into the office.

It’s time to welcome innovation into the workplace. The office should be a smart, cutting edge place to be- not just somewhere to put in your eight hours and leave.

Let’s build a smart office!

  • Take Down the Cubicles

Though cubicle walls are great for privacy and for blocking out distractions, it’s also a great place to hide your unproductivity. When the walls come down, people are more accountable for their actions- no more cat naps on the keyboards! Some major employers have even experimented with flexible desk space, where each employee chooses where he or she will work that day- whether a long table, by a window sill, or on outdoor patio. It’s a more equalizing way to work for sure.

  • Eco-Friendly

Being smart is more than just having the greatest in technology. It’s also reflective of your mission and how conscious it is of people and the environment. Implement eco-measures like smart thermostats, LED lights, sustainable bathroom retrofits, as well as paper saving policies. If you think these are a bit expensive for your budget, remember that these are often also cost-saving mechanisms that will help you in the long run.

  • Stay in the Loop

Look into video wall display solutions for control rooms for large scale visualization of important numbers, stats, messages, or more. Take the white board to the next level with a video wall which can display important news that everyone will benefit from knowing. No more dropping down screens or malfunctioning projectors- this will save your face more than once when you have an important presentation that you can easily show. This is a paperless and technologically advanced way to share all kind of news from charity goals, today’s office birthdays, goals for the month, or even a Skype call from corporate!

  • Ergonomic Furniture

Many offices have already adopted this into their internal offerings, but ergonomic office furniture is the bare minimum if you want to maintain a smart office environment. If you want employees to be excited about working with you and not rush out the minute the clock strikes five o’clock, you need to make sure that they are comfortable at their work stations. Create a variety of environments from standing to sitting in well-suited chairs to make sure that pain isn’t a reason for your workers to putting in less effort.

  • Plants

It’s time to say goodbye to those dated fake office trees! Instead, pepper the office with live leafy greens or even vertical gardens that are known to help create a healthy environment. The oxygen exchange is only one of the many benefits live plants provide. They are also aesthetically pleasing, help relieve stress, and even help with noise reduction.

A smart office isn’t just one that is high tech when it comes to software- it also extends to places like the washroom, the kitchen, and the layout of the space. Invest in changing your working environment to one that people will love and see attitudes change as stress goes down, ambition and drive rises, and you retain employees for longer than ever before.

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