The last few months have flown by and we are already moving well into Spring (even though it doesn’t feel like it here in Boston). The first quarter of the year always seems to be the most hectic with everyone finally coming back from their holiday breaks visiting family and vacations to warm places and having to buckle back down at work to kick their year off with a bang. Personally, I feel like I January was just yesterday and it’s hard to really say what happened to February and March. For this reason, I wanted to step back and take a look at some interesting articles and topics that were discussed in the past few months. I wanted to share some of the interesting articles I found in case anyone is like me and feels like they missed out on something.
Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to workplace design and strategy talk, but if you think about it workplace strategy is super important considering many people are at the office more than they are actually at home.
Many articles I read focus solely on the design of the workplace and the expectations and wants of employees. This article takes a different spin on workplace strategy and focuses on the root causes of executive missteps in the workplace. The five causes they identify are:
- Lack of understanding of how a workplace change can impact business results
- Abdicating strategic leadership responsibilities
- Inappropriate use of external vendors
- Inadequate leveraging of key functions
- Lack of data and metrics
- Lack of understanding of change management
Read the full article to take a deep dive into these issues.
IoT in the office: Everything you need to know about the Internet of Things in the workplace – ZDNet
IoT and the workplace. Two of the biggest trends in real estate. This article takes answers pretty much any question you might have about how IoT and the workplace go hand in hand. From basic questions like what is IoT in the workplace to more strategic questions like what the security concerns about IoT in the workplace are.
With more and more sensors being added to everyday routines for facility managers and devices like Alexa being used in the workplace, the amount of data that these IoT devices can collect is astronomical. There are obviously some great benefits to IoT in the workplace such as making teams more productive with real-time data and making workers happier and more productive but there are also a few challenges or threats that IoT can pose on the workplace.
Read this article to learn everything you need to know about IoT and the workplace.
Why tech-style offices are the cost-effective choice – JLL Real Views
Tech companies have been leading the way when it comes to office layout and workplace design in recent years. Many people think this is because of their large renovation budgets but according to this article from JLL these tech-style office space cost almost 15% less than conventional office space. Much of the low cost boils down to the materials needed to complete these redesign projects. The fewer walls, desk, offices, etc. the fewer materials will have to be used and that will dramatically cut down on the cost.
The cost that you save on actual building materials, you can then reallocate to different things that will boost employee satisfaction like engaging workplaces and high-quality office amenities. In the long run, these perks are going to be what keeps your employees around and excited to come to work.
To find out additional ways to improve the office space check out this article.