In the modern workplace, ensuring the well-being and productivity of employees has become a top priority for companies worldwide. If, the leading insurance company in the Nordics, has taken a proactive approach to creating an ideal work environment for their staff by harnessing the power of technology. Specifically, If has leveraged Haltian’s Empathic Building for Offices air quality data to facilitate communication with property management to bring about improvements and prevent issues.
In this article, we’ll explore how If Insurance has utilized the air quality monitoring features of Empathic Building to enhance their office environment in their largest offices in Finland, with insights from Matti Kitula, Service Manager in Facility Services.
A commitment to employee well-being
As an employer, If understands that a healthy and comfortable work environment is essential for employee satisfaction and performance. The company is dedicated to providing excellent working conditions for its staff and is committed to making air quality visible to everyone on their premises. Empathic Building’s digital twin plays an important role in achieving this goal, enabling real-time monitoring and transparency of air quality conditions.
Real–time air quality data eliminates guessing
To ensure the correct working conditions, If requires real-time data, eliminating the need for guesswork. With accurate and up-to-date information, they can make informed decisions and promptly notify all stakeholders about any air quality changes or needs within their offices. Empathic Building has proven to be a valuable tool for both employees and facility managers in this regard.
Most of the time, buildings’ HVAC systems do not provide an accurate representation of temperature variations throughout the workspace. With a Haltian Thingsee AIR sensor device integrated with Empathic Building digital twin, If can monitor the precise temperature at different parts of the office, and at different times of the day. In addition, the data is available to both facility managers and employees, making it easier to identify the sources of the issues.
Streamlined communication with property management
Empathic Building and Haltian sensor devices have transformed the way If communicates with property management. Data can be easily viewed and discussed, simplifying conversations, and ensuring that all parties are on the same page. This newfound clarity has been instrumental in addressing air quality issues promptly.
The main outcome of using Empathic Building air quality monitoring was the optimization of the HVAC system operations, as well as the detection of its deviations and timely service requests.
The operation changes have resulted in a positive response from all employees.
Monitoring beyond temperature
Beyond temperature, Haltian’s Thingsee AIR sensor monitors other critical factors such as CO2 levels, air humidity, and light levels. For instance, If identified suboptimal CO2 levels in one of their conference rooms using Empathic Building data. This prompted them to engage with property management, leading to the discovery of an issue with the HVAC system, which was then repaired.
According to Matti Kitula, this immediate improvement in air quality demonstrated the benefits of Empathic Building in data-driven decision-making.
Preventing issues proactively
If doesn’t just aim to fix problems; they strive to prevent them from arising in the first place. Therefore, they have chosen Empathic Building, as it enables continuous air quality monitoring, allowing If to identify and address potential issues before they begin to affect the employees. As a result, If has observed fewer complaints about air quality at their premises.
“Empathic Building is a daily tool for us facility managers”, Kitula says. “With it, we can detect even the smallest deviations and act before they become issues”. He continues.
In conclusion, If Insurance’s experience with Empathic Building for Offices serves as a great example of how technology can enhance workplace conditions. By leveraging real-time data and transparent communication with property management, If has created a healthier and more comfortable environment for its employees, ultimately leading to improved satisfaction and productivity.