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‘We Remain Open - Technology During Covid’

‘We Remain Open - Technology During Covid’

Remote Working; Touch-free Interfaces; Collaborative Meeting Spaces; these are all new innovative ideas that have helped shape the workplace we have become so familiar with in 2020.

In the unprecedented times of the Covid-19 crisis we can say many of us have been taught some tough life lessons and have been forced to acknowledge the importance of the simple things in life. Things like keeping in touch with friends and family members and in particular, the importance of inclusion. Nonetheless it is important to note that even some of the basic things that we previously took for granted, would not have been possible in the last few months without the accelerating advancement of technology. To feel in touch with those who mean so much to us we’ve needed collaborative devices and intuitive video-call software. Not only have these new ways of communication been implemented into our personal lives, but they have become the norm when applying them when working too, as more employees are being forced to WFH (work from home) as a way of minimising social contact. With the accelerated usage of communication tools such as Teams, Zoom, Hangouts and others, it is paramount for businesses to give employees the relevant access to these licenses, and other intuitive technology, to make the process of keeping in touch as simple as possible.

In addition, with the prospect of returning to the workplace in the near future, it has been proposed in a new paper published by the British Council for Offices titled “Impact of Technology in the Workplace”, that businesses who are refitting an existing building, or furnishing a new one, incorporate some of these fundamental smart technologies into their equipment list. The majority of these smart technologies have been around for a while but are now required more than ever to limit contact in the workplace.

· Desk and Meeting Room Booking Apps – allowing safe use of the office space and aiding flow of employees by staggering start times within a certain zone. Occupants are able to book areas remotely.

· Occupancy Sensors – these sensors are deployed around the building to allow building management to monitor and control where the occupancy ‘high-spots’ are. Cleaning and prep alerts can also be distributed so when an area becomes vacant it can be sanitised ready for the next use.

· Workplace Apps – Allowing remote access to occupancy levels and easy deployment of building-wide track and trace systems.

· Touch-free Interfaces – Personal smart devices and voice activated controls can be used throughout the building to allow an individual to operate items such as lift calls, light switches, climate control etc. so that physical push points are avoided.

· Visitor Management – Allowing access the building by scanning a QR code, specific to an individual, will help limit people interaction. A suitable solution would be to introduce an automated reception area.

These are just a selection of methods that can be used going forward to ease the transition of returning to the workplace when exiting lockdown. Not only will they help with business sustainability and employee safety, but will also aid building management and assist in the reduction of business expenses in the long run.

If you are interested in any of the aforementioned solutions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with MADE Worldwide, to see how we can best advise and implement these into your workspace.

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