Recently my son completed
his university education. Out of curiosity, I asked about his expectations for
companies he’d like to work for. He
responded with ‘cool’ and ‘high tech’ as ideal workplace scenarios. After several online searches on the coolest offices
around the world, I realized that beyond
the paycheck, a good boss and flexible working hours, the next generation is attracted
to companies with technology integrated into the workplace.
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workplace for the new generation
My son’s desires match those around the world who
have specific expectations for their work environments, blurring the
lines between home and work. They expect
to have fun in the office while being digitally connected 24x7. My son and his friends have grown up with digital
devices and expect seamless connectivity no matter where they are, whether it
be at home, in the mall, at the gym or in an office building. This is obviously a given for employers catering
to generation Z, especially as they encourage greater collaboration in trendy
Companies must also demonstrate their commitment to
environmental and social causes. Workplace sustainability might include reviewing how natural daylight impacts
ambience or energy performance. For example, employees who work in The Edge Building in Amsterdam use a state-of-the-art gym which
recycles their energy expenditure into the running of the building, while the Glumac building in Shanghai allows employees to monitor the toxicity
of indoor and outdoor air via a mobile app.
buildings enable connectivity and sustainability
building is only as smart as the technologies and equipment powering it. The
Internet of Things (IoT) is reshaping the definition of a smart building as
more connected devices require high bandwidth and low latency.
a smart building definition has evolved from auto triggering the fire alarm when
smoke is detected by the sensor; to accessing a door with the touch of your
fingerprint to using big data for increased efficiency. A smart building integrates
data from IT, facility and operations systems to provide one dashboard, showing
all network traffic in real-time, and then analyzes the data to better
understand energy usage, emissions performance and other metrics to ensure
Driving smart building connectivity
A smart building needs more than
just advanced equipment or software; it will need an intelligent network
infrastructure. As buildings become smarter, power connectivity through an
agile and flexible network infrastructure that can scale will be critical.
CommScope builds the connectivity for smart
buildings. Find out how we can help you from our recent Smart
Building Connectivity eBook.