Following the global pandemic which saw a complete lockdown in many countries across the globe, many office workers were forced to switch the way they work and work from home.
The majority of the UK has now returned to some semblance of office normality through stringent systems being out in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Scotland however has extended their lockdown and the majority of their offices have remained closed.
Landlords and developers in Glasgow have already been preparing for a return to office work through the use of one-way systems and touchless entry points and advanced hygiene systems will soon be commonplace at the office.
In Glasgow, some new developments are using technology to advance safety features through the use of smart solutions and at the same time increase socialisation in the office whilst maintaining social distancing.
To do this, workplace apps which have been previously used by offices to book meeting rooms or hot desks are now being adapted for use to introduce new safety measures in line with the “new normal” way of working post-Covid.
Workplace apps can now measure an office space and habitants within to check if social distancing can be practiced and can also reduce the amount of physical touching a worker has to do by using the app to open doors, security gates and lifts.
The power of some apps even allows to inform employees if they have come into contact with any colleagues who have tested positive for Covid-19 through the use of geolocation technology. Workplace apps can also encourage more community spirit in the office place by allowing people to communicate via the app and write posts to colleagues and creating networks within teams.
At one office in Glasgow, the property has an existing intelligent infrastructure although this will be upgraded to simplify how employees use the office and interact with each other. Employees mobile phones will be set up to be able to open doors and security gates from within the app as well adjust lighting, omitting the need to physically touch doors, handles or switches.
As we adapt to a new way of working, technology is having to streamline new safety measures in order for us to continue working within offices. This does beg the question as to how many companies will decide that homeworking is not only safer for employees but cheaper and if managed effectively, more productive in terms of output.