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How is Tech Changing the Modern Office Space?

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The technology market is a vast and constantly changing entity and one that boasts a huge market value. In fact, the global IT market alone is set to achieve a value if $133.7 billion by year 2022, with other sectors of the industry growing at a similarly impressive pace. With this in mind, it stands to reason that technological advancement should have had a huge impact on our everyday lives, and particularly in the workplaces that we frequent every single day. In this post, we’ll consider how technology has changed the modern workspace, while looking at future innovations that may be impactful.

1. Optimizing the Balance between Smart Tech and Eco-friendly Architecture

Smart technology has become a key interior design feature in recent times, both in terms of residential and commercial properties.

While we may well be future-proofing offices by integrating smart tech into the workplace, however, businesses are also leveraging innovation to strike the ideal balance between cutting-edge advancement and Eco-friendly technologies.

One of the best examples of this is LEED green building certification, which verifies that commercial premises are safe and secure as well as being extremely energy-efficient.

The demand to create smart and energy-efficient workplaces has also opened the door to the Internet-of-Things (IoT), which creates a network of connected devices and appliances that can contribute to an increasingly comfortable and productive environment.

 Electronics Arts Offices / Sid Lee Architecture - photo by Stéphane Brügger

2. Creating New and Diverse Rewards Packages to Employees

Incredibly, modern technology has even evolved to the point where it can help to motivate staff members and optimize individual productivity in the workplace.

This is borne out by the emergence of rewards-based apps and systems, which enable companies to leverage real-time discounts and shared these with staff members as part of a fluid and flexible package of employment.

The UK-based rewards company Perkbox is the market leader in this field, with a wide range of innovative discounts and promotions available to employees at any given time.

In this respect, technology is offering practical value to companies in the digital age, particularly in terms of optimizing the productivity and profitability of employees.

 Canopy Jackson Square / Yves Behar, Amir Mortazavi, Steve Mohebi - photo by Joe Fletcher

3. Introducing Secure Wireless Networks and Wireless Charging

One of the most recent workplace innovations is the advent of wireless charging, which is a cutting-edge technology that utilizes and an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects through a process of induction.

This is part of a wider trend in the workplace, where secure wireless networks have also evolved to create more flexible working arrangements and far greater security for offices across the globe.

These innovations have also ushered in the age of BOYD (Bring Your Own Device), which has enabled businesses to reduce hardware costs and empower their employees to use their own phones, laptops and tablets in the workplace.

This is central to flexible working in the modern age, which is something that reminds desirable for employees of all ages and across an array of industries.