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Innovation at the service of well-being at work

The explosion in the level of information and communication technology equipment in companies, together with the arrival on the market of a new generation of workers, has profoundly transformed the company. This digital transition and the many tools that come with it have made it possible to optimise the organisation of work, to increase productivity, but also to increase flexibility.

At the same time, according to a study conducted by CBRE (1), almost a third of millennials are willing to sacrifice other benefits such as commuting time or prestige for 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 reader, door with badge reader, etc.) will not fail to reassure your employees on site, while ensuring intelligent management of your points of contact with the outside world.

A word of advice: choose your access management software by taking into account its functional richness and adaptability 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.

In recent years, many workspace design policies have been aimed at providing greater comfort for the employees who use these rooms on a daily basis, with a view to creating a virtuous relationship between comfort and performance. However, the organization and management of these spaces are too often relegated to the status of a "bonus". And yet, the use of a specialized software solution will solve many of the problems associated with running these spaces, regardless of the size of the park or the volume 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