According to newly-published survey conducted by smart buildings provider RedstoneConnect, lacklustre office technology is impacting upon the productivity of employees to the point where many would consider moving jobs solely down to the appeal of a more technologically-advanced office.

A staggering 84% of the survey’s respondents cited an inability to control the temperature in their office as the biggest hindrance to their productivity, prompting 81% to admit that they would consider moving jobs in the hunt for better working conditions, particularly in regards to technology.

Another commonly-cited office issue revealed by the research is poor heating, with 41% of employees rating this as the most frustrating and inefficient part of their day.

Somewhat alarmingly none of those surveyed had an intelligent system in place to locate free rooms or colleagues, and 64% admitted to waiting until the person they were looking for returned. The ramifications of such inefficiencies in regards to overall productivity should be obvious, as should the need to correct them.

When it does come down to the steps which employers may take in an effort to improve upon the aforementioned issues, the survey’s findings seem to go against the popular conception that the workforce has an aversion to the collection and analysis of their personal data y their employer, with 78% of respondents stating they would have no problem with their employer collecting data on them from a smart office, providing it was used to improve their wellbeing and productivity at work.

RedstoneConnect’s CEO Mark Braund said of the survey’s results, “We are witnessing a rising demand amongst employees for smarter office spaces that can empower them to work more productively. This is being driven by frustration with the difficulty of wayfinding and temperature control which existing systems and processes are incapable of resolving.

“If companies want to improve employee wellbeing, whilst increasing their own margins, it’s time they listened to, and acted on, their workers frustrations.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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