Simplify the Reopening of Workplace

Businesses should look at working with tech vendors who understand what it takes to manage electronic components spread around the world

Simplify the Reopening of Workplace
Are we preparing for the return of the work from office culture? - Photo: Unsplash

By Steven Loh

As Malaysia continues to bank on a high vaccination rate to manage the ongoing pandemic, businesses are seeing the silver lining, and returning to the workplace remains inevitable. As businesses work on the preparations to welcome their employees back to the offices, there is a three-step framework with technology at its core that should be taken note of to help make spaces safer and to accelerate business transformation for the long term. 

  1. 1. Controlling who gets into the location 
  2. 2. Managing behaviours within the space; and
  3. 3. Preparing to respond to incidents

However, it has been widely reported that more employees now prefer working from home as it has improved staff mental well-being, happiness, and motivation, which resulted from a better work-life balance. Though the reopening of the workplace is unavoidable for enhanced collaboration and efficiency at work, how do we ensure that employees can regain the confidence and comfortability in returning to the physical workspace and at the same time making the process easy for the management?

Hassle-free Workplace 

An end-to-end IoT solution is needed to help make it as hassle-free as possible for the workforce to get back to work in offices. Businesses should take full advantage of it to overcome the logistical challenges of IoT systems to make them practical at scale. To that extent, businesses should look at working with tech vendors who understand what it takes to manage electronic components spread around the world and are able to get the value you always wanted from IoT, quickly, and hassle-free. This is especially important for large businesses with distributed locations.

With that in mind, Lenovo assembled the ThinkIoT Back to Work Solutions in support of this three-step framework with a set of end-to-end, pre-tested, and validated IoT solutions incorporating carefully selected and proven hardware and software partners.

These solutions help make workplaces safer as employees progress through the building and businesses can choose what’s most important to them and mix and match solutions based on their desired outcomes:

Touchless Building Access: Modern access control that allows touchless access, phone-based authentication, easy cloud management, and integrations with legacy access control systems and IoT solutions. 

Elevated Temperature Screening:  Thermal screening solutions using U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared thermal cameras to identify elevated body temperature in individuals as they go through access points.

Digital Signage and Policy Communication: Integrated digital communication and content management solution to effectively communicate policies and information to your workforce. 

Safe Workspace Monitoring: Office occupancy monitoring solution with granularity to a seat level to comply with social distancing protocols and identify workspace utilization for target cleaning. 

On-Premise Contact Tracing: Employee and visitor tracing using existing Wi-Fi network to monitor workspace zone health and enable a focused response in the event of an incident. 

At a time when IoT solutions are plentiful, single IoT solutions can easily require hundreds of thousands of sensors and endpoints when deployed across global site locations. Once companies start considering multiple IoT solutions, this challenge can easily reach millions of devices, severely complicating deployments and limiting businesses from realising the potential value of IoT.

Steven Loh is Senior Sales Director, Relationship Segment, Lenovo Malaysia

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