Jan 09, 2020 in Viewpoint

5 smart office trends you need to know for 2020

It's that time of year again, where companies and influencers look ahead to the upcoming twelve months. And every year, we make a trend report. This one, 2020, is a little bit more special. What is happening in the smart office world in 2020?

Anne Wernand
by Anne Wernand
Smart office trends
Well-being is no longer an easily dismissed, faintly hippie notion. It’s taken more and more seriously across companies around the world.

Well-being in the workplace

Well-being is no longer an easily dismissed, faintly hippie notion. It’s taken more and more seriously across companies around the world. It was inevitable that the workplace would become a front in this revolution. After all, most people spend at least a third of their lives at work. Organizations have become increasingly interested in ways to make the workplace a more healthy environment, where employees’ full potential can be realized. Let 2020 be the year that we make that happen. Our upcoming third whitepaper will shed some light on this topic.

Localization technology in the office

The workplace has become more open and dynamic than ever before. And while we’re embracing activity-based working, finding colleagues can be a challenge, since there are no more fixed desks. However, localization technology always evokes a lot of questions. How does it work? What do you need to install? How specific can it get? This year we’re going to explore the technological field of localization! More about localization technology you can find in our series of blogs, starting with the role of localization in the smart office.

Time to work together

The smart office of the future will most likely include highly networked, shared, multipurpose spaces that redefine boundaries between companies, and improve everyone's performance. But getting there won’t be easy. It will require collecting lots of data, to transform new design and management principles. This disruption will transform HR, IT, Real Estate and Facility Management from support functions to facilitators. In 2020, we will expect these departments to start collaborating more and more.

A sense of autonomy over the work environment

Technology needs to be easily integrated into the daily, busy life of employees. That means that it should never take ages to log in, and 15 different systems, should change into one. Technology that’s intuitive empowers employees instead of making them irritated or confused. It can give them a greater sense of autonomy over their work environment, which we believe is going to be the holy grail to elevate office experience. Our refreshed look, with a newfound focus on the end-user, was our first step in 2019!

Bring back connection

Employees need personal interaction. Space should be designed to facilitate that. Leesman found that activity-based working spaces encourage informal meetings and unplanned conversations. It’s why these spaces consistently deliver higher employee satisfaction averages. In today’s digital age, people rely heavily on the convenience of emails, Slack, WhatsApp, text messages, and social media. While it is impossible to deny the importance of these platforms, it is important to balance these online interactions with face-to-face communication. 2020 will be the year where technology is going to support having cups of coffee and tea and looking each other in the eye.

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