In today’s competitive job market, employees value work culture and satisfaction when choosing a place of employment. To be happy and productive at work, employees want their company to provide more flexible work options and increase focus on their well-being. Essentially, it’s about respect and gratitude for employees. That’s why it’s more important than ever to put the human back into your human capital management (HCM) strategy. How do you know if your workplace attracts and retain talent? Using data from workplace sensors, here are two ways to enhance employee wellness and maintain a flexible, productive work environment.
Measure health factors
As more employees expect a focus on their health and wellness, many organisations are taking a closer look at the effect that office buildings have on people. Several research studies show that healthy workers are more productive. From these studies, the International Well Building Institute established seven well system criteria including nourishment, air, comfort, fitness, light, mind, and water. Leading organisations are using these criteria to design and operate workplaces with measurable wellness benefits.
Consider the steps taken by one organisation to use workplace sensors to monitor and improve conditions that affect employee wellness:
- Air: Measure and ensure clean air quality by filtering incoming air and removing carbon-dioxide filled air through outtake ducts.
- Fitness: Provide standing desks and prominent, open staircases to promote movement.
- Light: Utilise circadian lighting that mimics the brightness of sunlight throughout the day to help improve sleep at night.
Workplace sensors collect and measure real-time data. Analytic tools enable you to gain real insights into environmental conditions so you can make appropriate adjustments to ensure compliance and positively impact the health—and productivity—of your workforce.
Offer workspace flexibility
The most successful organisations offer employees the flexibility to decide when, where, and how they will get the job done. Use workplace sensors to identify occupancy levels and track movement to gain a deeper understanding of employee needs and preferences. Data might show you that individual workstations are underutilised and collaborative space is in high demand. To improve both office efficiency and employee workplace experience, some organisations are choosing to implement activity-based working (ABW).
ABW—where employees don’t have a fixed workstation but instead move throughout their choice of office settings designed for specific tasks—is a flexible work strategy that aligns with the needs of the modern workforce. ABW provides an environment that is suited to both productivity and well-being:
- Meets the diverse needs of employee preferences and schedule. Employees can choose space suited to the task at hand or even their mood and personality.
- Encourages movement as people shift between activity areas.
- Increases interactions with a variety of coworkers and fosters connexions.
Take care of your workforce
Workplace sensors deliver the data organisations need to control office environmental settings and positively impact employee health. Additionally, workplace sensors provide insights that guide the adoption of flexible work strategies to increase employee satisfaction and productivity. Ensuring your workforce is happy and healthy is an important part of your HCM strategy and will ultimately help attract and retain talent in today’s competitive job market. Asure Software’s workplace sensors provide objective data and real-time insights to help organisations enhance employee well-being and maintain a flexible, productive work environment.