The New Normal: Can Smart Buildings Create A Safer Workplace?

A thought leadership blog from Mike Hughes, UK & Ireland Zone President at Schneider Electric

As businesses re-open and others continue their preparation to welcome employees back to the workplace, the open-plan office suddenly looks more risky than revolutionary. The ability to network while hot desking, learn by listening and brainstorm at the water cooler has turned from benefit to liability practically overnight. Today, employers have many considerations ranging from who should get priority access to the workplace, to the use of titanium door handles and infrared lights to kill off germs.  

Employees have their own anxieties: 39 per cent of UK workers are concerned about their ability to socially distance from colleagues. What’s undeniable - workplaces need to become smarter and more flexible to cater to the realities of the new normal.

With the help of modern technology, we can make office spaces safer, more comfortable, more profitable and ultimately more sustainable.  Businesses can ensure staff are rewarded with quality time in the office when they spend time commuting – while reducing costs and safeguarding the planet in the process.

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