Lower Costs With Improved Communication And Metrics
BY JENN GVOZDEK
MAY 9, 2018
About 43% of workers do a portion of their work remotely1. This concept of working remotely has become more than a trend; in some industries, it’s an expectation. So why are so many offices still the same? As the nature of the way people work continues to change, so must workplaces.
Luckily, work environment modifications don’t necessarily have to be expensive. In fact, decision-makers can take this opportunity to lower costs over the long run. New and innovative technologies, particularly in the area of digital communications, allow organisations to improve measurement and communication throughout the workplace, leading to big savings.
A BETTER WAY TO MEASURE SPACE UTILIZATION
Before the rise of the teleworker, business managers measured space utilisation in two ways: cost per square foot and square workspace feet per desk. However, neither of these options help today’s companies see where they can really cut costs. When businesses take a comprehensive look at space utilisation, it’s clear that assigned seating and tiny cubicles no longer fit the needs of the modern office. Enlightened companies are opting for more flexible spaces that employees can use in ways that foster collaboration, creativity and communication. Organizations able to ditch wasted space can cut rent costs by up to half.
THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
In addition to measuring costs more efficiently, successful organisations will change the way workspaces look and feel. Forward-thinking organisations will save money through smart technology and screens that facilitate communication. Some of the cost-saving technologies that innovative organisations are using include algorithms designed to maximise resources, employee tracking, smart utilities, and meeting rooms with AI.
For example, through employee tracking, an organisation may discover that nobody uses the conference room on Fridays. Through the use of AI, air conditioning can be regulated to remain off during this day of non-use and lighting adjusted to come on only when someone enters the room. However, if someone schedules a meeting through the system, the room’s AI programming will engage the air conditioning system in time for the scheduled meeting. It’s improved efficiency through better data.
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS ARE KEY
The key to this future with more efficiency, more open space, and the demise of the cubicle relies partly on smart digital communications. As employees come and go, working when and where it makes sense for them, collaboration is vital. Information leads to better decisions, and as such, digital communications must be equipped with everything an organisation needs to facilitate company-wide informative interaction.
A digital communications platform helps innovative organisations achieve this lofty goal. It energises organisations, empowers more informed decisions, and helps reduce costs while making offices work for everyone.
Jennifer is Marketing Manager at Omnivex Corporation. She joined Omnivex in 2011 and is responsible for all aspects of marketing including strategy, communications, and execution. Jennifer has helped Omnivex redefine what digital signage is and how it can help organizations enhance and extend their two most valuable assets – people and data.
Jennifer brings 20 years of software industry marketing experience. She has held numerous marketing positions at software companies including PeopleSoft, Longview Solutions, and Microsoft. Prior to joining Omnivex, Jennifer was the Industry Marketing Manager for Microsoft Dynamics in Canada.