Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 63 | Page 48

CIO OPINION and many organisations are already looking to change the physical layouts , forms and size of their offices to reflect this , as well as to foster open communication and a collaborative culture .
Judging by Leesman ’ s results , offices are likely to become smaller in the future . Therefore , organisations must improve workspace organisation and flexibility with flex-desking , assigned days and tighter tools for room booking ( supported by an increasing number of IoT devices and measurement systems ).
At the same time , more organisations are investing in quieter and smaller rooms for working alone or in pairs , increased Wi-Fi network connectivity for the office and mobile computing equipment .
Replacing fixed computers with mobile equipment
In light of this , CIOs should consider whether fixed IT features are necessary for their business and whether they should be replaced with mobile equipment . This may also bring with it a need to review network speed and quality .
Rethinking IT infrastructure for better business operations
Leesman ’ s findings make it clear that the redesigned office of the future will benefit from a far more advanced wireless infrastructure to support the full range of devices , users and platforms and to enable work-fromanywhere mobility . Rethinking IT infrastructure is key to achieving better business outcomes – from increasing employee productivity and engagement , to reducing capital and real estate operating costs and more .
Build an optimal hybrid experience
CIOs must also understand which aspects of technology have grown or decreased in importance . According to Leesman ’ s data , employees are dissatisfied with fixed computing equipment in the office ( considering it to be slow and out of date ) and IT infrastructure also seems insufficient compared to home-working settings .
Aruba has always maintained that ‘ as people move , networks must follow ’. Job satisfaction and performances may improve if organisations better support an optimal hybrid experience that sees the office as a mobile and evolving working space and the network as a key enabler to be an employee satisfaction and performance multiplier . p
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