Improving workplace productivity through the Internet of Things
Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning, and remotely turn on the coffee machine at work while you brush your teeth as you’re rushing out the door? And then when you jump into the car and start the engine, your navigation comes up and has pre-calculated your quickest route to work. Or your watch sends you alerts to tell you that you should take the train today, as you didn’t clock up enough steps yesterday.
No, this isn’t a scene out of the 90s hit Back to the Future; this is the power of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is simply how devices and people connect and share data, and there are billions of IoT connections around the world. It’s enhancing the lives of Australians everyday, so how can businesses utilise the IoT to increase productivity in the workplace?
The Internet of Things at work
With super-fast wireless broadband in the workplace, the IoT can play a part in increasing productivity and maintaining office temperament. From energy monitoring, such as automating heating and cooling systems – which can often be a contentious office issue – to remote alarm monitoring, and possibly most importantly, ensuring the coffee machine is always switched on and ready to pour when people first arrive at work. Nothing upsets workers quite like a lack of hot coffee.
It might only take a few minutes to switch on a computer in the morning, but it’s a few minutes of lost productivity. Consider implementing an application that employees can use to switch on their device when they’re a few minutes away from the office.
Automated call systems
When it comes to increasing productivity, there are many aspects of the day-to-day grind that can easily improve workplace efficiency. Take booking a meeting for example. With the IoT, there are ways to connect how you can set up a meeting with a colleague or client, reserve a room, and have the video conference call ready to dial when the time strikes. Just make sure you’re not late to the meeting, or send a robot in your place to answer the call.
Taking virtual notes
Another massive time drainer is minute or note taking. Someone always gets handballed the task of typing up notes in a meeting, which also impacts their ability to chime in to the conversation. Using dictation software to take notes for you is an effective way to improve both productivity and engagement – just remember to turn it off if discussing confidential matters.
There’s nothing worse than sitting in traffic when you’re already running late to a client meeting. But wouldn’t it be great if your navigation could send automated alerts to your client letting them know that you’re gridlocked, and your estimated arrival time? You’ll still be unhappy stuck 15 cars back from the turnoff, but at least your client is up to date with your ETA.
Having access to super-fast wireless broadband is key to activating IoT in the workplace. Spirit has a range of wireless broadband plans for businesses of all sizes. Contact us to chat about getting your coffee machine connected to our super-fast Internet today.