The Connected Workspace: Millennials expect a destination, not an office
Technology industry’s leading figures gathered to discuss the future of the connected workspace, which includes wireless charging. Chargifi, the market-leading technology that transforms the way the world manages, monitors and monetises power, brought together Fora – the shared workspace provider – HPE Aruba, provider of next-generation networking solutions and CapGemini, global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation.
Key themes that derived from Chargifi’s panel discussion:
- The expectation of a seamless experience created by consumer tech is influencing employee retention levels as millennials, in particular, are expecting an intuitive experience across the board
- Employers are missing an ROI opportunity via a seamless workspace experience, using tech, data insights and personalisation to improve employee productivity and alleviate ‘dead’ time
- The office infrastructure is a silent barrier to the workplace implementation of new technology
- Flexible working hubs – the missed opportunity for hoteliers
The expectations of a seamless experience, created by consumer tech is now influencing employee retention and loyalty, as millennials demand an intuitive experience in the workplace, that’s according to Dan Bladen, CEO and co-founder of Chargifi.
In fact, new research has revealed that 94 per cent of employees believe their workplace would be improved through greater use of technology* and 71 per cent said they would welcome a fully automated workplace in the next 10-years.
This enthusiasm outlines a real opportunity for employers in crafting a destination for their teams, one that mimics the environment that millennials – in particular – have become accustomed to and one that satisfies expectations.
“The world wants wireless power. It’s only natural for a generation that is increasingly spending time online to have the same expectations in the real world”, comments Dan, “Innovative companies are in constant flux; growing or needing to adapt space to get the most out of their workforce. Intelligent wireless charging can plug that gap. Chargifi’s technology is based on Qi wireless charging standard.
“Innovation only happens when value is added. Having a fully connected workforce at your fingertips gives you the opportunity to shape the world around your needs and demands; increasing productivity and making your working day as seamless as possible.”
Overall, companies that embrace digital workplaces tend to be 21 per cent more profitable**. Not just because of improved employee wellbeing and productivity, but also because new technologies, like smart, wireless charging, help employers understand their people, and the experiences they have at work, better.
The return on investment associated with a connected workspace is extremely trackable. The IoT can enable remote management of wireless charging spots at scale and can enrich existing apps and third-party systems with information like hyper-local and usage data through open API and SDKs.
Leveraging this network data will allow companies to gain a new level of business intelligence, to drive a real data-driven culture based on facts, instead of predictions and drive transparency within a company.
Long gone are the days of working 9 to 5 in soulless grey cubicles. Today’s workforce want to work in spaces that are positive, inspiring, productive, collaborative and beneficial to their wellbeing.
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