Half of Spanish workers want smart technology to be used to improve work environments
The pandemic changed demands before returning to the office. According to Cisco’s Workforce of the Future report, nine in ten workers want to be able to choose between working remotely and working face to face.
56% ask to continue working in collaboration with video conferencing and messaging tools, instead of going back to previous methods (calls and face to face meetings). And nearly half of those surveyed (45%) believe their business should make the office more secure against the virus, by investing in solutions like contactless technologies and room capacity control.
Whether it’s a short, medium or long term return to the office, companies need to optimize their space, address worker concerns about health measures and social distancing, and clearly communicate their policies. Cisco responds to these challenges with tools and analytics:
More sensors on Webex devices. To ensure a comfortable and safe workplace, built-in sensors collect information on noise level, ambient temperature, humidity, air quality and lighting. Additionally, through machine learning, Webex helps meet room capacity limits, recognizing and counting people to identify unproductive or overcrowded spaces. The two new models of the Webex Room Navigator device include all of these sensors, which fit inside or outside the room to facilitate smart and secure booking. The interior model provides alerts for social distance, cleaning schedules and more, and allows you to book from inside the room. The outdoor model shows occupancy changing automatically when free, and can be touch or voice activated. Both versions include a digital display mode to convey relevant business information through the display. Analytics using Webex Control Hub. Cisco estimates that less than 50% of organizations can monitor room usage, making it difficult to establish appropriate cleaning schedules. Webex Control Hub provides this visibility, acting as a dashboard with statistics and room usage metrics, including unused bookings, average space occupancy, and ambient noise levels.
The video experience of teleworkers also remains essential, since six in ten Spaniards consulted (57%) wish to telework eight days or more per month. Cisco Webex optimizes the user experience before, during, and after meetings. In addition to AI functionality for transcribing meetings or adjusting video and audio quality, there are others such as noise reduction (and speaker voice optimization (BabbleLabs) or placing the controls in the most logical place on the screen.
“The future of work will be hybrid,” underlines Michel Rodrguez, director of collaboration at Cisco Spain. “Our goal is to make the Webex experience much better than in-person interactions, also improving face-to-face meetings with device intelligence. The new features improve remote and secure collaboration while providing a hybrid and intelligent work experience to return to the office safely ”.