Monthly Archives: July, 2017

Why A Smart Workspace is the Biggest Recruiting Tool for Top Talent

Some firms offer laundry service; others offer child care. When it comes to finding ways to recruit top talent in today’s competitive market, ideas abound. But one of the best (and most overlooked) recruiting tools is a workspace that’s hip and inviting — both outside and in.

 

Open office designs look great, but they create distraction and noise. You might want to live in an airy loft, but that doesn’t mean you should work in one with 200 of your coworkers. The original concept of open office designs was to promote collaboration and decrease costs for employers, who could fit more employees in smaller spaces and save on cubicle walls.  But, as Google learned, the benefits of open collaboration are outweighed by the negative effect on performance.

 

How does a company attract top talent and maintain a productive office? Cool office space is an advantage, but functional work space is a necessity. Instead of open office designs, consider collaboration spaces that promote creativity and allow impromptu sharing of data through smartboards and surface projectors.

 

A flexible work environment, including allowing people to work remotely, is both a perk for current employees and a recruitment tool for prospective employees. This fact drives the need for collaborative rooms, because remote workers will be coming and going from the office space.

 

Huddle rooms, workspace pods, and phone booths are required for times that one needs uninterrupted silence for focus. Likewise, an impressive entryway and reception area are important and should be designed with the goal of helping the new recruit understand your product, work style and philosophy.

 

The new workplace experience — the kind that attracts top talent — also includes easy access to data in and out of the office, ease of scheduling office resources like AVUITY’s Conference Room Kiosk, sustainability initiatives, and modern, comfortable furniture.

 

When it comes to physical location, the smartest firms look at office space close to public transit or urban historic areas slated for redevelopment. For example, in Cincinnati, the Over the Rhine neighborhood is one of the largest urban historic districts in the country and now attracts creative agencies, tech startups and other firms who know that place is as important as space.

 

In these ways and many more, flexible, functional workspaces become both an employee perk and a tool to recruit top talent. AVUITY can help.

 

Realcomm and IBcom Highlight Top Industry Trends

June 14 and 15 marked the 2017 Realcomm/IBcon conference in San Diego, which is a joint conference bringing two like-minded topics together. Realcomm focuses on the intersection of commercial and corporate real estate technology, automation and innovation; IBcon focuses on smart, connected, high-performance intelligent buildings.

 

For the third year, AVUITY staff attended the exclusive technology in real estate gathering focused on industry trends such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotic Automation, and Autonomous Vehicles. We look forward to attending the event because of the topics and powerful speakers. Opening speakers have ranged from Cade Metz, senior staff writer at WIRED magazine discussing “Transformative Innovation and the Impacts to Real Estate” to Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications, and an early pioneer of the Internet.

 

This year, Larry discussed how technology is rapidly changing our everyday life, profoundly affecting the future of the real estate industry. Technologies are adapted so quickly that it’s safe to say “the future is here,” yet the real estate industry has been slow to adapt. The fragmented nature of Real Estate along with buildings being a 100-year-old hard asset slows rapid adoption.

 

Jim Bland, President of Tridium, stated in the conference opening remarks that the future of Smart Buildings provides a more enabled edge to the Owner, Building Manager, or Tenant. At AVUITY we are excited about these trends, and as a major player in IoT revolution we can provide that edge. For two days, leaders came together to discuss topics such as the changing work environment, Smart Buildings, and IoT which are similar conversations we’re having with our customers and are imperative to what we do at AVUITY.

 

Office Transformations

One topic of discussion was the major transformation of office space–driven by technology. Individuals are more mobile and more widely accept and implement new technologies. Most recent studies show office utilization is down to 48-52%, and 60-70% of meetings in conference rooms are informal (not scheduled on a calendar). The way people use space has definitely changed, but technology can help you figure out how to best utilize the space you have. At AVUITY, we are working with clients that know they need to change their environment but are not sure how. Our workplace utilization tools gives you the power to gather and analyze data, helping you turn that data into positive change for your office, which raises your rate of workplace utilization.

 

Smart Buildings

On average, less than 50% of office spaces are utilized, costing organizations on average $10,000 annually for each desk. Meetings are often unplanned, and 20% of rooms booked are not in use. Through the Internet of Things (IoT), businesses can improve building efficiency, space utilization, and workplace productivity by fully connecting people and the spaces in which they work, live, play, and shop. Our VuSensor can be placed in a conference room or over a desk configuration to determine the number of individuals in a defined space or a location of that individual. This information can be integrated with Office 365 to unbook rooms, with HVAC systems to reduce energy consumption, or integrate with digital signage for wayfinding.

 

Space Utilization

Space utilization is a very broad topic, covering everything from office layout to security concerns, and many of these details were covered at the conference. Since a better understanding of workplace utilization can increase employee satisfaction by 15%, it’s a subject that employers should find very important.

 

With increasing desk ratios and the rise of impromptu meetings, it can be difficult for employees to find the spaces they need to do their jobs along with employers to know how much space they need. Conference goers discussed that up to this point, everyone has been looking for overall occupancy numbers, but now organizations want more granular information.

 

Employers have used a number of technologies to understand their employees’ movements in the workplace in order to gain a better understanding of worker habits, but it’s rare for one technology to be able to completely deliver all of the needed information. AVUITY’s VuSensor has this capability to show how employees are using space, while also increasing the employee experience .

 

AVUITY was thrilled to be a part of this event, and even more pleased to discover that the services we’ve worked hard to develop for our clients are at the cutting edge of real estate technology. If you have the opportunity, we recommend that you attend.