Technology is making the physical office environment more intelligent and responsive to company workflows. Today’s building owners and corporate occupiers have the ability to gather information with sensors and The Internet of Things (IoT) that can assist in managing a building. From lighting, to HVAC, to access control, we are increasingly able to monitor and fine-tune every system in our intricate buildings and workplaces.

Technology isn’t just improving the physical environment but also the way we work and communicate. Video conferencing, social networks and virtual office technology has removed traditional workplace boundaries and worked to enhance productivity, collaboration, and flexibility. By incorporating “smart office” technologies, companies are creating a more intelligent and adaptable workspace for individual company workflows.

When it comes to creating modern productive work environments, here are three key aspects for every office planner to consider:

1. Integrating tech into the workplace

Our lives outside of work have fully integrated technology for some time now. It’s no secret that corporate leaders are looking for opportunities to further leverage technology inside the workplace as well. Trends like data analytics, collaboration, space efficiency, and mobility are all key issues that the C-suite is wrestling with; and expecting their CRE and IT teams to address together. These trends all create a need to cohesively integrate tech solutions in the workplace in order to deliver the returns that the concepts promise.

2. Providing the workplace with an IT backbone

Smart technology isn’t just about putting in a programmable thermostat to cut your energy costs. It’s about understanding the needs and wants of tenants and their employees, and making the right technology investments to meet them. In today’s increasingly tech-savvy world, building occupants expect reliable connectivity, so they can use their mobile devices to their full capacity and take advantage of the latest smart technologies ensuring convenience, security and comfort. Failing to meet this expectation can result in higher tenant turnover for landlords and higher employee churn for tenants, not to mention significant revenue loss. Providing reliable connectivity can help solidify occupant loyalty — and gives you a competitive edge against other buildings and workplaces.

3. On-demand workplace management

As corporations look for cost reductions and efficiencies, technology will be an important solution to managing both scheduled and on-demand services, from catering and food services to events management and health and wellness options. Already booming in the consumer sector, technology-enabled services for commercial real estate have the potential to reduce operating costs, streamline access to new and innovative office services, and enhance workplace satisfaction. A technology-enabled platform and marketplace can enable companies to strategically scale their facility management needs based on their specific and ever-changing requirements.

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