No one-size-fits-all solution – Buildings must cater to everyone
There are huge opportunities to revolutionise the way people work. I’ve actually been experiencing some of this myself over the last few months, as Tieto’s Keilalahti campus has transformed from traditional office to data driven and emphatic activity based environment. Here are the key experiences I have found working in Keilalahti and how I’ve become an IoT sensor myself.
One of the biggest changes we’ve made with our data-driven building is a move to activity-based working. This means when I arrive at the campus in the morning, I’m able to choose exactly what environment I want to work in, based on what I need to do that day. I call this perfect match between people and workplace.
For example, I may decide first thing in the morning to work in a certain location in order to be close to a particular colleague. I may remain there for a couple of hours to discuss and collaborate on a project. And when that task is done, maybe I need to spend 30 minutes or so in a private quiet space, to really take on a job without any distractions. Distraction can also be annoying colleague that makes funny noises destroying my concentration.
What’s great about this is there are no boundaries to where and how I work – there’s nothing to say that because I’m part of this team, or I work with in this role, I have to remain in an allocated part of the building. Over the course of a day, I might work in half a dozen locations. It’s total freedom.
Better happiness = better productivity
I have an option to select how and where I work based on my personal factors. For example, I go to the gym two or three times a week before work. And on those days – if I have no early meetings to attend – I often choose a different location to work in for the first hour or two of the day that’s a couple of degrees colder than the rest of the office, allowing me to cool off quicker so I can be more productive, using the info I have at my fingertips to find the best spot.
For me, this activity-based way of working is the biggest benefit of a data-driven office. Being able to make data driven decisions how to work means I’m happier in the office, and this in turn means I’m able to be more productive.
Human as an IoT sensor
I also act as an IoT sensor myself. My activities and my feedback can be used by the business to see exactly what parts of the building are working well, and where they need to pay closer attention, for example when if comes to temperature, air quality, tools or furniture, noise and other factors.
Gathering input from employees like me will be central to any business in the coming years – but they have to remember they’re no one-size- fits-all solution. What’s comfortable for one person may be too hot or too cold for another, for example. Therefore, if firms are to get the best results, they need solutions that work for everyone.
I believe the days of trying to create an ‘average’ environment are over. With the rise of the activity-based workplace, people can vote with their feet and change where they work, so buildings must cater to everyone. And from my experience so far, getting this right makes everyone’s working life better.
Find more about our Keilalahti Campus and our Intelligent Building solution: www.tieto.com/intelligentbuilding
‘Humans are the new machines’ is what Tomi will talk about on stage at the Nordic Smart Building Convention, June 14th & 15th in Helsinki. See the full program here: www.nordicsmartbuilding.fi/program
Originally published at HUB13 Smart building.