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Smart offices merge technology, wellbeing and sustainability

Smart offices merge technology, wellbeing and sustainability

DECEMBER 2023 | 4 minutes

When reference is made to Smart Offices, technology and digitalisation often become the protagonists of the debate. Technology is indeed key, but true smart offices must take advantage of these technologies to make methodologies and workspaces more flexible for the benefit of people.

Smart offices look after the health of their workers and, to this end, they apply data analysis and are committed to energy efficiency. In this way, their comfort is promoted in a workspace and with furniture designed so that all members of the team can deploy their talent.

What are Smart Offices? The new office concept

In short, a smart office is one in which the integration of advanced technologies takes place in an efficient and natural way, so that digital processes are comfortable and everyday. It also takes into account the well-being of employees, helping to improve their physical and mental state and stimulating their motivation, at a time when attracting and retaining talent is crucial for the growth and success of any company.

The advantages of a Smart Office are many

1. Constantly evolving environment: The Smart Office is configured as a dynamic space that encourages continuous innovation, adapting to the changing needs of the working environment.
2. Work Flexibility: It not only promotes face-to-face work, but also provides the necessary tools to coordinate teams in a flexible way, adapting to different methodologies.
3. Real Time Data: The ability to access information in real time allows the Smart Office to adapt in an agile and efficient way to changes, facilitating informed decision making.
4. Ergonomics and Health Care: From the design of the furniture to the layout of the space, ergonomics and the physical and emotional well-being of the occupants are prioritised.
5. Encouraging Interaction: Recognises the importance of interaction, socialisation and communication to strengthen teamwork.
6. Motivation and Engagement: The Smart Office not only accommodates employees, but inspires motivation and cultivates a strong commitment to the corporate vision and culture.
7. Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: It contributes to energy efficiency, optimising the use of natural resources and reaffirming its commitment to environmental responsibility.

Characteristics of a Smart Office

1. Technology and the evolution to Smart Working

In today's workplace landscape, the integration of technology in the office is not simply limited to the implementation of digital tools; rather, it is a transition to a broader paradigm known as Smart Working. This revolutionary approach goes beyond mere automation and seeks a complete redefinition of how we conceive and conduct work. The essence of a Smart Office lies in finding digital solutions that not only optimise processes, but also foster efficient coordination between all departments and team members.

2. Integration and flexible space design

Versatility also becomes a fundamental pillar, where workspaces are designed to be flexible and adaptable. According to Actiu's Cool Working methodology, this characteristic goes beyond the simple arrangement of furniture; it implies the creation of spaces in the office that can respond to the changing needs of each team, project or daily task.

Creating this type of space not only promotes operational efficiency, but also encourages creativity and innovation by providing employees with environments that suit their work mode, from individual concentration to team collaboration, socialising and so on.

3. Agile furniture for dynamic spaces

When it comes to equipping versatile spaces, the choice of professional furniture plays a key role. In Smart Offices, where no two projects and no two days are the same, it is essential that the furniture responds to shared principles of ergonomics, quality and design. From meeting rooms to individual workstations, furniture is designed and manufactured with the primary objective of taking care of people during their working day.

Paradigmatic examples of this philosophy are the ergonomic A+S Work chairs and the lifting tables Mobility Air / Step and Talent. These products guarantee the user fluid movement and proper posture throughout the day.

4. Sustainability and well-being, keys to the design of Smart Offices

The innate connection between human beings and nature reveals itself as an eternal source of well-being. In the context of Smart Offices, the biophilic design trend stands out as a key element in the creation of innovative workspaces.

The presence of surrounding green spaces and windows that let in natural light creates a direct connection between indoors and outdoors, fostering the tranquillity that is conducive to the generation of exceptional ideas. This focus on sustainability and well-being not only reflects an environmental commitment, but also enhances quality of life and productivity.

Through the careful choice of shades, materials and decorative elements, the essence of the natural environment is transferred to the interior of the office.

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