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Smart Thinking – Smart Planning

In today’s connected, fast-moving business environment, organisations must constantly strive to stay ahead of the competition.

Innovation and collaboration 

Sparking Innovation – But why is collaboration so important? It is seen as a precious source of competitive advantage. 

The goal is to bring employees together and combine skills and disciplines to spark creativity and cross-fertilisation. 

As a service provider, our job is to share our world-leading property expertise in partnership, working together to innovate workplaces to make your life easier and your employees more effective. This is smart thinking.

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The Future Office and Commercial Space

When people arrive at your office, an automated security system automatically recognises them, using geo-location technology combined with biometric scannings such as fingerprint and facial recognition. They are then allowed past the barriers to enter the building. Past the automated reception, they are guided through the building with personalised greetings on visual displays or augmented reality.

The lift knows which floor they need and as they arrive at the meeting room, they are offered their favourite refreshment.

The optimal conditions for a productive meeting have been created through AI adjusted temperature and lighting, and as they take their seats, other attendees enter the room, having experienced a similar tech-enabled journey.

The conference call automatically starts with participants from around the world.

This is how we think at RFM

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SMART PLANNING 

To ensure your business succeeds, planning is key to development and growth. As the famous say goes ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’.

SMART WORKSPACE: The Future of Property

We speak to businesses and organisations of all sizes every day who turn to RFM for advice about how to upgrade and adapt their properties. Download our Free guide to the SMART WORKSPACE: The Future of Property, and you can learn how the workspace has evolved, and understand how you can benefit from our Smart Thinking.

Smart planning tailored for you 

To ensure your business succeeds, planning is key to development and growth. Just like when starting a business, you need a plan this also applies to new and upcoming workplace trends. We use intelligent planning and design techniques to guarantee success. 

As partners, to plan the service that best fits, we need to understand you as a business. Working towards your aspirations together allows a more proactive strategy and a greater chance of achieving goals. Not only planning for today but next week, next month, next year or the next 20 years the planning stage is built to be reactive and easily adaptable to new business scenarios. Effective planning will future proof your business so that you are not left behind. 

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Vision is key to knowing where you want to go 

In the words of Simon Sinek, ‘Start with why’. A clear understanding of your organisation’s vision and reason for being, alongside strategy, strengths and weaknesses – this will help define an adaptable roadmap to ensure minimum risk and maximum success. 

Workplace assessments are essential to understand your current business environment and position. This is where you begin, assess now, to aid growth later. 

There is real value in getting the entire organisation to participate in future planning because today’s workforce is very tuned-in to some of the big changes, particularly technology-related, that are taking place. This ‘two heads are better than one approach’ allows your organisation to extract the wisdom of people on the ground whilst engaging the workforce. However, this cannot be a free-for-all, an expert method to guide the process is vital to ensure success. By examining a business we can extrapolate and implement the most relevant tactics to benefit you; dependent on the industry and the culture of the business, each plan is developed individually with your needs its core, one size certainly does not fit all. 

At a practical level, companies should consider how relevant trends will affect them in the near, medium and long term, as well as identifying the actions needed to capitalise on the trends and to mitigate the risks. As workplace futurists predict multiple trends on the horizon, setting up several working groups across a business to look at individual predictions, weighing up their respective benefits and risks can be extremely beneficial.

CAFM helpdesk operator RFM

Technology to aid planning 

Having the right tools for the job is as applicable to workplace planning as any area. Technologies such as measurement sensors, big data and AI channelled through automation processes and systems such as CAFM are extremely powerful. Monitoring, assessing and understanding internal and external data leads to effective workplace planning that delivers effective outcomes. 

This ‘property tech stack’ can save money, create energy efficiencies, understand work behaviours and allow a smart building to function optimally. 

SMART WORKSPACE: The Future of Property

We speak to businesses and organisations of all sizes every day who turn to RFM for advice about how to upgrade and adapt their properties. Download our Free guide to the SMART WORKSPACE: The Future of Property, and you can learn how the workspace has evolved, and understand how you can benefit from our Smart Thinking.
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