The adoption of technology.
While IT has been part of the average office for many years now, the shift towards WFH caused by the pandemic has seen many workplaces totally transform their technology infrastructure. We're not just talking about Wi-Fi connections here, but other, more subtle aspects. For example, to cater for the hybridisation of the workplace, there has been a huge uptake of remote booking systems for desks and meeting rooms. Another good example is cleaning schedule software – these are programs that communicate with on-the-ground staff via automated alerts when rooms need preparing and cleaning, before and after use (ideal in the current circumstances). Nothing is seemingly out of bounds for tech to have an influence.
The onboarding of facilities management staff and client employees will be vital to the success of FM operations going forward. It should be kept in mind that technology can (and should) be adopted to make the process of managing a facility smarter, no matter the changing dynamics we may find ourselves in.
Keeping on top of the changing dynamics.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is the need to be flexible at the drop of a hat. This is something that collaborative working, hybrid design and technology are all geared towards – they all assist in making us as flexible as possible when required. Whether it's the installation of the 'Internet of Things' and smart devices into buildings to provide real time information, or the push to embrace agility within the design of the workplace, it is vital to keep atop of things to catch that hat as it drops. Without this, the business may not react quick enough and get left behind, essentially playing catch-up – never a great position to be in.
And this is where we here at Active's facilities management service can help. If you're looking for ways to improve the operations of your workplace so it is able to react to changes as and when they happen, we can help to create and manage an environment that will evoke better responses from the people who use it – regardless of whether they're physically in the building, or not.