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How Technology Can Ensure Workplace Safety
According to a recent survey, the majority of employees opined that even though work from home did provide them comfort, the office atmosphere provides better work-life balance, greater collaboration, and improved team morale.
FREMONT, CA: After struggling with the pandemic-imposed restrictions for over more than a year and a half, workforces are about to return to their respective office spaces. But since the risk of COVID-19 is still alarming, both employers and employees are cautious about the safety of public exposure. Organizations are thus increasingly leaning on leading-edge technologies to take workplace precautions that will ensure the well-being of their employees.
In that regard, organizations are growingly implementing workplace strategies and features based on artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor and safeguard employees. Features like indoor mapping, density heat-mapping, and space-planning software are being adopted to assure and automate the safety procedures efficiently. Notably, indoor mapping provides multiple systems data from workspaces and monitor the sanitization process 48 hours before being used again. Density heat mapping enables the authorities with the number of employees in a certain space using Wi-Fi and occupancy-sensing devices. Together with that, space-planning software helps to verify and design workplace seating arrangements, social-distancing guidelines, tests, and other measures.
Sensor technology is also becoming popular among organizations to ensure a safer workplace. Proximity sensors attached to the doors in the offices, for instance, are being used to alert the cleaning staff whenever a door is opened. This way, staff can stay notified. On the other hand, temperature sensors that are placed under the seats or chairs are providing insights into the number of employees present in the office by detecting the temperature change of the seats. Likewise, touch sensors in the office, including restrooms, can be used to collect employee feedback on workplace cleanliness and help to validate the cleaning processes.
Thus, the leading-edge technologies are aiding substantially today in bringing about smart workplaces that cover all aspects of an office environment—operations, ambiance, maintenance, and occupancy—while catering to the safety of employees. It will, in turn, help organizations in boosting productivity, sustainability, and wellbeing of the employees while also ensuring their contentment in the new normal.