As businesses embrace the benefits of wireless technology telephony, they quickly run up against space limitations in today’s cheek-by-jowl office environments. New wireless standards offers a chance to re-think the office space.
Communications technology might be making distances irrelevant, but people are acutely aware of the way that their own personal space is diminishing. The proportion of the planet living in urban areas has grown from 34 per cent in 1960 to over half in 2014, and we’re living and working in ever-smaller spaces. The average UK living room has shrunk by a third since the 1970s, for example; while in the US, each worker has lost 20 square feet of personal space since 1992. Continue reading →
An analytical tool used by retailers, webmasters and football (soccer) clubs may help us configure our office spaces for added employee efficiently. The proof is right there in the red, yellow, green and blue hues.
If you’re a football fan, you’re probably familiar with heat maps. They’re splashy TV graphics that show where on the field players spend their time. They’re also powerful analytical tools to help webmasters optimize a site depending on how people’s eyes scan it or guide retail planners on where to place promotions around the store floor.
As useful as heat maps are to coaches and shopkeepers, they may be equally important to our organizations.
It wasn’t long ago that new employees would receive a desk phone and a voicemail password when they first started. While traveling, they’d use payphones and hotel phones with prepaid phone cards. Times sure have changed.
Today, knowledge workers have seemingly endless options when it comes to communications. They join Skype conferences on their desktop, online meetings on their cell phones, and make calls using their Bluetooth headsets. So, then, what do today’s businesses give their employees instead of the good old desk phone? And how do they decide which employee gets which tools? Continue reading →