Improve your employee experience with Empathic Building

The ingredients of a good employee experience might be hard to catch. Modern companies already know that employee experience is something they need to invest on, but many don’t know where to start.

For Haltian, building good employee experiences is not about increasing productivity, but rather removing things that kill productivity: tedious admin work, looking for rooms, bad air quality, working with broken equipment, standing in line for 30 minutes on your lunch break… you name it! We believe that good employee experience begins with making things easy. It means using tools that save time, make collaboration easier, give you flexibility and choice, and makes it easier to share your voice and feelings.

In this article, we have gathered all the information you need to know about how to improve employee experience with Empathic Building. Let’s get started!

Table of content

What are the basis of a good employee experience?

Technology

  • What is Empathic Building?
    • Human-centric approach to smart buildings
  • IoT for smart buildings

Culture

  • Agile workplace
    • Hot desking
  • Leadership is changing

Physical space

  • Indoor air quality
    • How to measure indoor air quality
  • Facility maintenance and employee experience

Parting words

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What are the basis of a good employee experience?

In modern offices, employee experience can can be said to be built from three elements: technology, work culture and physical space. When all of these elements work, they boost well-being, happiness, success and performance. The technology side of employee experience includes all the computers, office management systems, digital twins and building automation that are in use. Work culture includes, for example, ways of co-operation, leadership styles, and flexibility of the work environment. Finally, the aspect of physical space consists on things like a cleanliness, equipment, air quality, temperature and noise levels. All of these together are known to add up into the employee experience and Empathic Building is a solution that aims to improve each and every one of them.

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What is Empathic Building?

Haltian Empathic Building is a smart building solution that increases employee happiness by solving the everyday end-user problems we all face at the office. The solution gathers data from IoT devices that measure things like occupancy, air quality and indoor positioning. In addition, the users themselves can give feedback and make service tickets. The Empathic Building digital twin visualizes all this data for the use of the employees. Furthermore, the data can be analyzed and reported for leadership and facility management teams to support better decision making. Empathic Buildings aims to improve employee experience by making every work day easier.

Learn more about Empathic Building from the article the future of smart buildings is Empathic, Head of Empathic Building Tomi Teikko, tells all about Empathic Building and reveals some future plans for the solution.

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Empathic Building digital twin

Human-centric approach to smart buildings

The human-centric approach of Empathic Building is based on the knowledge that a smooth, intuitive working environment leads to a motivated ans happy workforce, giving a boost in employee productivity. Empathic Building aims to reduce time consuming admin work from your workday by making booking meetings rooms unnecessary, helping you find the perfect place to work and finding your coworkers easily.

IoT for smart buildings

Smart buildings is certainly one of the biggest buzzwords around IoT today, but what does it take to make a building smart? There are a lot of solutions out there, but things like scalability, integration and security put strict requirements on any IoT solution, and make choosing the right one a difficult task.

The number of IoT devices is growing rapidly and most companies have already implemented some IoT solutions to their offices, or are considering it. We have gathered they key drivers to consider in IoT for smart buildings that can give you a competitive advantage in attracting the best people to your company.

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Agile work place

As said before, the expectations for workplaces have changed: employees no longer just want a desk and a coffee machine. What is needed, is an agile workplace that gives flexibility and choice, considering people’s individual life situations and working styles. While remote work has already been a part of many people’s work life, the COVID-19 pandemic finally made it a permanent part of many information workers’ lives.

Now, employers and real estate facilities are beginning to understand the full transformation of offices, as many people wish to work in so-called hybrid mode where they might work part-time from home, part-time at the office to get the best of both worlds. Learn more about the transformation of modern office from our webinar Smart buildings and facilities: Real life value from IoT solutions.

Hot desking

To make the hybrid model of remote and office work possible, and get the most out of office spaces, many companies have taken on hot desking, or activity-based working. This means that there are no longer dedicated seats for every employee. Instead, employees can choose a working space based on their needs when they come to the office. For work that requires concentration, you can choose desk from a quiet area. Or, if you need to co-operate with someone, you can choose a working station near them! Other factors in choosing a work area can be the required equipment, the right temperature, or proximity to the coffee room.

Smart office solutions like Empathic Building enable hot desking by offering desk booking in advance, or ad-hoc booking, where your employees can check a free table from the Empathic Building digital twin on-the-go.

Leadership is changing

As said in the article The future of smart buildings is Empathic, smart offices are moving away from one-size-fits-all, top down leadership. Good leaders are expected to have empathy, and know what their employees are feeling and experiencing things.

“We are very genuinely lacking equipment for management so that they could measure true end-user experience. Yes, you can have very good leaders and team managers who are truly empathic in a way that they see how their employees feel about their work environment. But they are so rare.“

Tomi Teikko, Head of Empathic Building

We believe that smart solution can help support empathic leadership by both helping to remove blocks that prevent workers from performing in the best possible way, and by offering people better ways to voice their opinions and wishes.

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According to the report Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building by World Green Building Council, “a range of factors – from air quality and lighting, to views of nature and interior layout – can affect the health, satisfaction and job performance of office workers”. Simply but, the physical space of the office should offer more than just a desk to sit on, but an inspiring and healthy work environment.

Indoor air quality and right temperature play a big role

Many of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors. Yet, studies show that indoor air is often up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. In many cases the high number of sick leaves directly relates to indoor air quality. In addition, poor air quality in your facility can lead to issues with productivity, workplace satisfaction, and attendance. It is no wonder that companies are looking for ways to both measure and improve the air quality in their facilities.

How to measure indoor air quality?

To get a comprehensive view on the air quality status monitoring just the CO2 levels is not enough. Combining CO2 with measuring TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compounds) -levels will give a better understanding of the overall indoor air quality. VOC’s are responsible for odors, scents, and perfumes as well as pollutants. They caused by things like chemicals, gas fumes and mildew.

Haltian has developed an IoT sensor device for measuring indoor air quality called Thingsee AIR. Unlike most air quality sensors, Thingsee AIR is wireless, which makes installing easy and flexible. With devices such as Thingsee AIR, any building can be made smart without making huge investments into building technology. In addition to measuring CO2 and TVOC levels, Thingsee AIR measures temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and light levels, making it a truly all-in-one device for any smart office solution.

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Thingsee AIR is a wireless air quality IoT sensor device

Facility maintenance, cleaning and employee experience

When thinking about good employee experience, facility maintenance and cleaning may not even be on the top of the list. This is because cleanliness is considered a self-evident part of a good work environment. Nevertheless, cleaning is labor intensive and keeping up excellent cleanliness and hygiene levels in huge facilities takes time and resources.

By implementing smart cleaning solutions to facility maintenance, employees can trust their desks and meeting rooms are cleaned periodically and that the washrooms are always clean and stocked with paper and towels. In this whitepaper made together with our smart washroom customer Lindström Oy, we reveal how IoT solutions can help reduce facility maintenance costs and make better end-user experiences.

Parting words

So, how do you know if you offer good employee experience to your workers? Employee experience can be hard to measure, and also hard to improve if you do not know where the problems are.

It’s important to remember that employee experience is affected by several factors, and it’s built from physical space, work culture and the different technologies you use. Solutions like the Empathic Building can help you to improve all these areas, find bottle necks and help give your employees a voice.

By investing on your employee experience, you’re investing on your business’ success!

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