Rise of the Workspace

Rise of the Workspace

By Dan Bladen, Co-founder and CEO, Chargifi, a Partner of Belkin International

Dan Bladen, Co-founder and CEO, Chargifi, a Partner of Belkin International

A growing trend today is the rise of the importance of workspace, defined not just as the space in which one works, but the place one experiences life in. Employees of all ages are looking for a workspace that meets their expectations-an environment that is positive, inspiring, productive and collaborative.

"The building blocks for creating an attractive workplace includes three main features, Design, Connectivity and Power"

Workspace today is like the company car was 20 years ago - it’s part of the package that an organization offers and there are significant advantages for those that get it right: It means attracting and retaining the best talent.

The building blocks for creating an attractive workplace includes three main features, Design, Connectivity and Power. While the first two have been largely addressed and realized, the foundation for these experiences - power - is still a work in progress.

As we know, today everyone relies heavily on their devices, both personally and professionally. People expect to work in an office that is comfortable, flexible and conducive to collaboration. Seamless access to smart wireless charging technology can not only power these experiences, but it can provide a doorway for creating new and effective opportunities to maximize office space usage and an employee’s day.

Take the example of office furniture with smart wireless charging functionality. It not only provides an attractive, safe power solution over having wires and cables draped throughout the office, but it can seamlessly trigger other productive activities and insights as an employee moves through their day.

According to a study by Casio, 10% of an IT manager’s working year is spent helping out with problems in the meeting room; on average, one incident can waste 23 minutes of time troubleshooting the meeting. Time wasted trying to connect is wasted money. A smart wireless charging spot could be used to act as a physical touchpoint to activate a smart meeting room, and simplify the rollout of a meeting. A team member can check into a room, unlock a screen and join a video conference all at once just by placing their phone on a charging spot. The efficiency of such a setup cannot be underestimated.

There’s also a new trend around unlocking hot desks that smart charging spots could support. Hot desks is this idea of employees not being assigned a desk, but rather they are free to move around as they want and as it makes sense based on their projects. In this way, ‘neighborhoods’ are formed in digital workplaces and tribes are formed around common interests and work.

Using smart wireless charging dashboards, hosted in the cloud, would help employees easily identify and book out the right desk, seamlessly.

These are just a few examples of the many experiences smart wireless charging technology could trigger. Truly, the possibilities are endless and we’re just beginning to peel back the layers to reveal the added benefits.

That aside, there’s no denying that power is the foundation of all connected experiences, and its importance in building a great workplace and maximizing efficiencies can’t be underestimated.

In the next 5 years, we expect wireless power to be as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi is today. Those enterprises and brands that are able to react and deploy the technology to meet this growing demand will reap the benefits in terms of attracting and retaining the best talent, and ultimately, providing the best product and services to customers.

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