An interview with environmental psychologist Jakub Franc, who is also in charge of a team of UX designers in one of the best Czech startups. An interview about scents in offices, about the need to have one’s own territory in an open-space office and about when people can get lost in the workplace. An interview about the soul inside office walls.
Just imagine. You’re not shivering with cold because your workmate turned on the AC. The air in the meeting room isn’t stuffy, and the light in the kitchen doesn’t burn your eyes. Wherever you go at your workplace, you have ideal conditions—they’re precisely the ones you prefer. That’s because you’re working at Office 3.0.
Two years ago, the IT company Tieto moved its headquarters to the new Keilalahti Campus administration building (in the city of Espoo in southern Finland). Since then they have built it up into one of the smartest offices in Scandinavia. Up to eight thousand sensors watch literally every employee’s trajectories. According to the vision laid out in the promotional video, very soon workdays will be organized through a special mobile app—it will show you the best route to work, automatically open the garage door, make your favorite latte even before you step out of the elevator, and automatically turn on your computer when you walk up to it... “The way we work today has changed dramatically from even a few years ago. Driven by new technology, people have greater expectations than ever before when it comes to their working life - they expect it to be as flexible as their personal life,” decribes Patrik Etelävuori, Head of Concepts and Innovations - Facilities at Tieto.
Smart light bulbs can do much mor e than just change color. They blink when you get an e-mail. They can find you even in the most complicated office labyrinth. And perhaps they will soon replace wi-fi in sending you e-mails.
Five years, five projects and a strong positive relationship with the Czech Republic. That’s the result of Marie Passburg’s work at Skanska Property. In the interview, the Swedish managing director reveals her strong faith in coworking and new technologies such as virtual reality.
We all will soon be connecting to the Internet through LED light bulbs instead of wi-fi. Czech professionals among others do the research about this revolutionary technology for transfering data. “We have successfully tested the Li-Fi connection in an office environment,“ says Aleš Dobesch from the Brno University of Technology.