In today’s workplace, employee health and well-being are one of the top priorities for facility managers. More and more facility managers are increasingly taking an interest in design trends that are likely to positively impact employee health and wellness, according to a recent CORT survey. Employee retention and hiring more and more of the best talent are also among the top priorities for businesses moving into 2020.
CORT surveyed over 1,000 facility managers to find out what’s currently trending in the world of facilities management, and what the future may hold during IFMA’s World Workplace Conference. The majority of survey respondents are facility managers from different industries and responsible for ensuring that buildings and amenities are well maintained to meet the needs of the people they serve.
Findings from the survey:
Almost 43% of the respondents were looking forward to trends that are related to employee health and wellness. These trends include standing desks, adjustable lighting in their workstation areas, and ergonomic seating arrangements. It seems like the majority of the facility managers agree with the fact that a healthy employee is a more productive and efficient one.
63% said that a combination of open and closed workspaces is important, indicating a trend towards offering employees space to work privately or collaboratively with coworkers. This is very practical now since although an open office space has benefits of increased collaboration and cost-effectiveness, we simply can’t ignore the safety precautions due to COVID-19 and the focus needs to be closed workspaces to stop the spread of germs.
With an increasing number of respondents anticipating hiring over the next few years, businesses must be agile when it comes to offering the ideal workspace for every employee. They need technologies like modern Facility Management Applications that enable businesses to manage the work environment effectively as needs arise, minimize safety concerns, and cost of maintenance. CloudApper Facility Manager application is all about giving you access to all the facility management information at any given moment.
With COVID-19, facilities managers of large facilities are planning to reduce occupant density as well as move available floors, zones, or workstations to allow for proper cleaning between uses. A flexible desk management strategy can be helpful in this situation, where some employees have assigned workstations and others will select available workstations based on demand. Another way to maintain physical distancing at the workplace can be to send some employees to work remotely. According to Gartner, remote work will increase across many industries after the lockdowns are lifted, quoting almost 75% of CFOs who plan to move at least 5% of their office workers into full-time remote positions.
These survey results clearly indicate that employers understand the importance of employee happiness and wellbeing for long-term business success, and CloudApper Facility Manager is a helpful tool to accomplish that goal.