Magazine article People & Strategy

Technology Drives the Well-Being of People

Magazine article People & Strategy

Technology Drives the Well-Being of People

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Offices would be better places to work if they could learn from cars. New car models are embedded with technologies that make driving easier, safer, and more fun. Sensors tell drivers if there is a truck in their blind spot, or if they are about to back into another car when parking. The car doesn't just provide transportation anymore--it actually helps people be better drivers.

People used to think that technology would make offices obsolete--but the opposite is happening. In the near future, technology will be embedded in offices so it actually helps people work better and makes the workplace even more relevant. Like cars, a network of sensors and other technologies in the workplace will help make work a much better--and more humane--experience. Technology will serve individual workers, teams, and organizations. It will help people cope with the sense of being overwhelmed that they often feel as work intensifies and the pace of change accelerates. This data will also help organizations design the kinds of spaces that workers love to work in versus have to work in.

Companies that want to create great workplaces can benefit from this embedded technology to help individual workers and teams, and they can also draw from the data that is generated. Design, facilities, and real estate professionals can make better decisions about where to focus their efforts if they have a data stream to tell them which rooms are always busy and which rooms are ignored. …

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