Why Workplace Data Is Shaping How, Where & When You Work
Technology is driving critical changes in the workplace, and data and sensors play a key role in that change. But what does this mean for the way we work today, and how will we see things continue to change in the years to come? I sat down with two brilliant co-founders in the world of workplace tech, to discuss how technology has revolutionized our work environment and how it has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
Chris Kelly | Co-Founder & CIO of Convene
"Shared services, shared spaces, shared technology; this is going to be a paradigm shift that is going to completely change the user experience of buildings and allow for the democritization of quality of life at work."
Chris Kelly is Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Convene. His deep understanding of the built environment and its evolving state were immediately apparent during our conversation, and we got right on track covering the current and future state of the way we work.
Chris explains how currently there is a paradigm shift taking place in workplace infrastructure, which is changing how facility management and CRE leaders will meet the needs of their employees. We discuss how both technology enablement and the shared economy are on a collision course with the largest asset class in the world, and that this intersection is reconfiguring how the real estate industry will work in the near and distant future.
One of the biggest changes is the advent of the truly mobile workforce, and how the lines between our work and personal life are completely blurred. The implications are that we work around the clock, which entitles employees to feel increasingly empowered to have personal wellbeing addressed at work – because employers are eating into what used to be employees’ personal time.
The basic services that FMs and CRE professionals provide buildings (e.g. temp control) are no longer the only things the workforce expects from them. Best in class employers understand that higher level support is now a requirement for a culturally strong company. Technology and the shared economy are becoming non-negotiable to understanding how to meet these new needs of your workforce. Data and gathered information should and will become the basis of how we approach workplace design of office buildings.
The Power of Sensors: How Building Data Is Impacting The Workplace Experience
Dan Ryan | Co-Founder & CEO of VergeSense
"I’m just excited to have an opportunity to participate in the transformation of the building. Which will encompass everything; furniture, lighting, building automation, workplace experience, where you sit, how you work, it’s going to be fundamentally different five to ten years from now."