Technology has impacted on our lives massively, and business environments are certainly not immune to this. Here are some top modern tools that should be found in any business environment serious about keeping up with the times.
Smart office control systems
Over the past decade we have seen an increase in the number of homes with smart automation systems. Such systems control heating, lighting air conditioning etc. Modern offices are embracing such technologies. An office automation system allows easy control of all parts of the office environment from a mobile device like the iPad.
With some automation systems, the environment is adjusted according to the number of people in the office at any particular time. This offers the dual advantage that occupants are provided with an optimal working environment, and the business saves money on energy costs.
Personalized lighting for older workers
While most smart office control systems can control lighting, the focus is on the overall work environment. This means everyone in a room will have to use the same lighting settings, which is not ideal. This is because, according to research, older workers will need more light than younger workers to do the same task. When the light is not enough, headaches and eye strain are just some of the problems that can occur. With a personalised lighting system, everyone is able to control overhead lighting in their immediate vicinity.
Visitor management systems
With a visitor management system, visitor check-ins within a business premises can be hastened and the number of interruptions caused by guests and deliveries can be reduced. This can really increase operational efficiency.
Standing desks have been in vogue for a while, but, these days, some are getting replaced by treadmill desks. With these desks, employees can improve concentration, memory and attention to detail while getting some exercise. It is a great way for offices to fight the sedentary office lifestyle that has become the norm.
Video conferencing technology
Meetings and brainstorming sessions are part and parcel of the business process today. However, businesses no longer have to deal with the loss of man hours and rising travelcosts that came with meetings of the past. Webinar software, like ClickMeeting.com, ensures employees can connect into a meeting from any part of the world in high definition. With a myriad of new features and advanced features you can pretty much arrange and organize your webinar in any way you want, and how you want it to look like. Collaboration has got a whole lot easier!
The most productive workspaces are comfortable and functional. A good example of such a workstation is one that features an electrical outlet and USB ports as well as a flip up privacy panel. This provides a work area that allows interaction and privacy.
These are some of the technologies that can be found in the best modern business environments. Some of these (videoconferencing and smart controls) can save the business some money, while some others will primarily improve the morale and performance in the work place.