Flexible workspaces are scalable and energy-efficient alternatives to traditional work environments. Smart buildings and hybrid workplace models put the employee experience at the forefront by improving energy management, safety, and sustainability. Whether you have more remote employees or in-office workers, workspaces designed with flexibility in mind give your team members the freedom to work however and wherever they’re comfortable.
Building owners can leverage touchless and voice-activated technologies to create clean, responsive, and scalable environments that keep their workers happy and productive. Keep reading to learn how flexible working conditions benefit your business.
Creating a flexible workspace means your employees rarely have to be at their desks to get work done. Rather than carry out their day-to-day duties in a fixed location, your workers have the freedom to work remotely or relocate to a space where they can concentrate and collaborate more effectively.
The flexible, hybrid work model is the future of activity-based work. Allowing employees to work onsite, remotely, or through a combination of the two keeps them engaged with their organization and positive about their place within the company. According to a study by Slack, 63% of surveyed workers prefer the flexibility of a hybrid office model to a full-time office environment. When you offer options, the employee experience improves.
Hybrid workplaces also promote safety and wellness; 66% of employees worry about visiting their physical workplace. COVID-19 has changed the way we perceive the traditional office. People fear being inside conference rooms and meeting rooms without the proper measures and guidelines. Establishing a flexible working environment lowers the risk of infection by reducing the number of people in the office and allowing sick employees to stay home.
The best way to build a flexible space is to adapt your building to be more connected. Installing a building management system (BMS) connects your commercial HVAC, lighting, protection, and security systems and enables communication through a unified platform. Using a building automation system (BAS) supports you with multi-building management, a user-friendly building automation control system, and cutting-edge components that require little maintenance.
A building management system allows managers to adjust their work environment remotely and efficiently. Temperature, lighting, indoor air quality, and other aspects are easily configured and monitored. The latest BMS solutions can even leverage Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to simplify adding services and updating access control systems.
Buildings need to adapt to the new normal introduced by the pandemic. As you transition your work environment into a flexible workspace and comply with social distancing guidelines, you should consider how best to maximize coworking spaces. Using your building management system to collect occupancy data helps you monitor and optimize your property.
You can use occupancy data to map out high-traffic and bottleneck areas during busy and quiet hours. You can also visualize your floor plan and track occupancy throughout the day, week, or month with enough information. Building occupancy data makes it easy to assess the effectiveness of your social distancing measures and adjust accordingly. You save energy and reduce maintenance costs when you shut down floors or limit occupation.
Providing a flexible work environment is a challenge, especially when you’re busy dealing with other important assignments. However, the post-pandemic world is bound to be a very different place than before. The modern workspace needs to be adaptable to keep up with the ever-changing technology landscape and demands from occupants.
Every hybrid workplace strategy should involve implementing a building management system. Frazier Service Company’s building automation solutions provide energy savings, endless features, and the latest advancements. We have a unique approach to the customer–client relationship, which means we support you with all the focus and value you need to succeed.
Ready to build a flexible workplace for your hard-working staff? Reach out today.