JLL recently hosted a master class, together with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) with a focus on smart buildings, the Internet of Things and the environmental impact of data on building management.
Ewout Holst, Head Corporate Solutions Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL was on the podium to discuss a two-pronged approach to future proofing property portfolios: 1) create work environments that integrate, optimise and connect your work force and 2) implement a data-centric strategy that provides intelligent insight and pro-active decision making.
When it comes to influencing business performance, the role of workplace strategy in an organisation is becoming essential. It can help reduce cost, improve productivity and act as a catalyst for staff engagement and creativity. Globally, health and wellbeing in the workspace has become top of mind as companies focus more on their core assets – their people.
Your real estate could be playing an enhanced role, making your company more efficient and profitable by creating an optimum workplace. To really feel the benefits, you need to apply innovative business solutions that bring agility and flexibility to your work spaces. These in turn will drive reduction in costs and growth of outputs.
These are the type of questions you need to be asking to prompt a conversation around synergies and efficiencies that can add strategic, C-suite value to your organisation:
- Does your workplace foster productivity, collaboration and innovation?
- Do you currently have desks sitting empty?
- Do you proactively manage your occupancy costs?
The right answers lie in current, relevant workplace solutions. By employing sensor technology, for instance, in your departments and meeting rooms, you can develop a good understanding of how your office is being interacted with, how long an employee sits at a particular work station, how often your meeting rooms are utilised, etc. With occupancy costs per square meter and energy consumption particularly relevant from an expenditure and sustainability perspective, the results can lead to important decisions about space utilisation.
Then there are considerations like using technology to measure temperature, CO2, lux, decibels and humidity levels to ensure an optimum environment for cognitive thinking. The way a building functions can be directly linked to employee performance and efficiency levels.
Some interesting facts and figures:
- Good air quality = employees are 183% more effective at strategy
- Improved acoustics = 6% increase in productivity
- Improved views & lighting = 5.5% increase in productivity
It has been proven that by transforming work, optimising space and enhancing employee experience, real estate can improve productivity and efficiencies. Did you know that workplace culture and facilities have a higher impact on employee attraction than salary?
The performance of your business and your people is directly impacted if you are restructuring/ optimising your portfolio or relocating to new offices. For best results, make sure you implement workplace/change management guidelines and use data, predictive analytics and technology to its full advantage.
JLL is a global thought leader in the world of workplace strategy and technology solutions.