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Innovation at the service of well-being at work

The explosion in the proportion of information and communication technologies equipment being used in companies, together with the arrival on the market of a new generation of workers, has dramatically changed businesses. This digital transition and the many tools resulting from it have made it possible to optimise the organisation of work and strengthen productivity, but also increase flexibility.

At the same time, according to a study conducted by CBRE (1), nearly a third of millennials are willing to sacrifice other benefits such as commuting time or prestige in favour of a better work environment.

While their priorities include catering areas, relaxation areas and employee services, it is important not to neglect the two areas that we want to discuss in this article. Whether on-site access control and visitor check-in or the management of meeting rooms, innovative steps are being taken to enhance well-being in your workspaces.

Access control and visitor management

To ensure the well-being of your employees, it is essential to guarantee they are safe and secure. To do this, physical access control systems (airlocks, barriers and unguarded barriers, for example) are often used by companies. For added effectiveness, these systems are usually combined with a visitor management solution. This protects your site against intrusions and you control the flow of visitors with access to your building in real time. For the most sensitive sites or managers wishing to implement comprehensive security, the control and management of the car park could be included in the entire ecosystem.

Here again, the profusion of technological innovations (biometric access readers and doors with badge readers etc.) are guaranteed to reassure your employees on site, while intelligently managing your contact with the outside world.

A word of advice: when choosing your access management software, think about what functionalities is has and how well it can adapt to your environment.

Meeting room management and equipment

In any business, it is essential that meetings be held for collaboration purposes. From internal project meetings to negotiations with clients, the organisation and layout of your office spaces, as well as the organisation procedures you adopt, will be constantly judged by your colleagues and visitors alike.

Numerous workspace layout policies in recent years have set about making these spaces more comfortable for staff who use them daily, with a view to creating a virtuous relationship between comfort and performance. However, the organisation and management of these spaces are too often given the least priority. However, using a specialised software solution will solve a large number of the problems that come with using them, whatever size of the facility or the number of users.

Such an application will allow you, for instance, to prevent potential tension between staff during overlaps, or “ghost meetings” (when rooms are booked but unoccupied). Finally, touch-sensitive booking tablets are also a major asset in terms of improving flexibility and optimising your business. These provide excellent visibility on the status of a room from the corridor while bringing a decidedly modern touch to your building.

(1) Source : Millennials : myths and realities, CBRE Research

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