The Smart Workplace


Knowledge platform Smart WorkPlace and Measuremen are partners in developing the workplace of the future: the smart workplace. After Smart Buildings and Smart Cities it is time for the Smart WorkPlace. Market tilt, interoperability of data and process integration are the elements that have made smart programming, designing, building and using workplaces, buildings and cities possible. Where smart, healthy and circular meet, space is created for a di erent customer demand. New business ‘from’ instead of ‘with’ user perspective. The result is focus on the health of people and the early integration of construction materials and actual use of the work environment. Interoperability so that an end user can choose a working environment at any time, anywhere, on a micro, meso and macro level. Because a smart work environment adapts to the end user. Not the other way around.


Workplace developments and their impact on the building environment are revolutionary nowadays. Technology, Big Data and robots introduce us to a new era of living and working. Disruptive digitisation facilitates a healthier workplace environment. Also, lifecycle requirements have changed from demand/supply to circular driven markets. Construction and real estate markets collaborate more directly with the end-user, occupier, property manager and facility manager of built environments. On the other hand new generations with a new way of thinking and working are coming up. They are confident with a intelligent work environment with laptops and smartphones so they can work anytime and everywhere. A healthy and circular work environment is very important to them.

Capitalising on these opportunities comes with a requirement: innovators from all sectors have to take their responsibility, sharing their knowledge and networks, have to learn from each other and collaborating holistically and finally they have to integrate. It is essential every partner in this circular way of working understands the vision, working methods and business models of their partners in the chain of workplace environment management. That’s what Smart WorkPlace stands for.


This developments require overview, direction and wisdom. The question is how, with the help of smart technology, data and information, a healthy and circular work environment can be realised everywhere. Industry-transcending process integration and open collaboration is required. How can the various players in the process together smartly facilitate and promote the production, health and circularity of the work environment, organisations and people working in it? And how are the new buildings and service delivery processes facilitated? What is the role of Human Resources, ICT, Construction, Real Estate, Facility Management and Purchasing? Together with our partners, we aim to answer these questions and more.


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Innovation Workplace Healthy Workplace


Working together to shape the healthy workplace of the future.
In a unique ‘Living Lab’ Menzis, Engie, Planon, Measuremen and Hanzehogeschool Groningen show how modern technology promotes healthy behaviour and provides new knowledge about healthy working environments. This workplace was established in order for us to contribute to the vitality of people and organisations.


A healthy worker is a productive worker
The health risks of working at a desk are being recognised to a greater extent in the past decade. A high mental load in combination with too much sitting, too little exercise and too little relaxation can (in the long run) lead to underachievement, medical complaints and disease-related illness. The physical work environment plays an important, two-fold role in this: (1) environmental factors such as air, light and sound affect health; (2) the environment can facilitate / stimulate healthy behavioural patterns in the areas of movement, relaxation, nutrition and social contact. A well-designed work environment contributes to the physical, mental and social health of knowledge workers. This translates into tangible organisational outcomes such as productivity, recruitment and sustainable employability, creating a valid business case for investments in a healthy working environment.


Developing new knowledge and tools together
While this vision is increasingly being endorsed, we still do not know enough about the e ectiveness of specific interventions: what really works, for whom and under what circumstances?


Measuremen (in collaboration with Menzis, Planon, Engie and the Hanze.University of Applied Science) therefore took the initiative for the ‘Innovation Workplace Healthy Workplace’ project. In this project, professionals, researchers and students from different disciplines in the field of health, behaviour, space and technology work together on creating innovative knowledge and product developments for the advancement of healthier working environments.

The initiators have realised a ‘Living Lab’ in which wearable technology is integrated with smart building technology. In this Living Lab, knowledge workers do their daily work, gaining insight into their behavioural patterns and health aspects in relation to environmental factors. This insight, supplemented with e-coaching, can contribute to desirable behavioural changes. Moreover, in the Living Lab, through experiments, the effectiveness of all kinds of products and interventions aimed at promoting health can be tested. The approach of the project is special in three ways: (1) integration of environmental aspects and individual aspects; (2) coupling sensors in the environment and ‘on the person’; (3) ownership / control of data lies with the individual users. In addition to the Living Lab, the IWP is closely linked to several research projects of Hanze University Groningen in the field of Healthy Workplace, including in the areas of indoor climate, Quantified Self, activity-related work and the implementation of a healthy working environment.


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