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6 Workplace Leader Actions to Advance Productivity

Productivity

Business leaders know, and research validates, that workplace conditions influence employee performance and engagement, and ultimately company productivity.

 

A safe, comfortable, and healthy working environment, in addition to social dialogue and technology, will advance productivity. This sounds pretty common sense, but the above conditions rely on six actions: Read more

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Connected Management and Operations for the Future

By Eric Graham — CEO; @begraham43

I never miss an opportunity to quote Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Beuller 


This quote could not be truer today when it comes to technology.


The most salient example comes from my own life: My dad was an architect who ran a successful architectural firm for over 50 years. He designed and built some of the most elegant structures I’ve ever seen. He had a gift for space, form, and function. My youth was filled with visits to wood, concrete and steel forms where site after site I watched him direct the various teams building each amazing structure.


These pleasant memories and experiences also helped me shape the idea for the company I lead today- @CrowdComfort. My dad was in complete creative control of the structures that he had drafted by hand into large paper masterpieces. True creative marvels emerged from those blank pages. He maintained his approach to the craft until the day he died. However CAD and similar software eventually became the standard. Things changed.
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Operational Ju-Jitsu: Actionable data through Crowdsourcing

Operational Ju-Jitsu

Operational Ju-Jitsu allows you to leverage crowdsourcing to provide advanced insights and data, which provide unique advantages.

 

By: Eric Graham – CEO; @begraham43

Crowdsourcing is not a fad. It’s a proven method of data collection and analytics that taps into the wisdom of the crowd. Even so, many operations managers and other professionals do not consider crowdsourcing as leading the list of reliable solutions to challenges. This may be because many operators of large buildings, enterprise campuses, or real estate holdings lack the so-called “crowdsourcing gene.”

Another possible reason for their reticence is the sense that, in sharing and eliciting feedback openly from everyone, the workplace becomes an asylum that is being run by the inmates.

Research has proven time and again that the crowd is smarter and more powerful than any one individual and that it consistently delivers create, highly effective solutions to all manner of problems. Read more

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The Five Best Benefits of Augmented and Virtual Reality in Real Estate

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Augmented and Virtual Reality have gained massive interest in the eyes of the tech community and beyond, because of their broad applications. These technologies are ready to (greatly) benefit real estate.

 

You are standing in the foyer of your dream home. Above you, the cathedral ceiling offers a dazzling crystal chandelier like those in the Disney princess films. As your eye drifts over to the left side of the grand staircase, your model wife comes floating towards you in a dazzling designer gown. A beep of the horn alerts you to the arrival of your chauffeur-driven Italian sports car and you turn to see the halogen headlights seep over your Koi ponds and manicured lawn, complete with topiary depicting the pivotal battle scene in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

 

Suddenly, you hear a distant ringing and the room and all in it goes black.

It is your mother-in-law calling.

The fantasy is over.

 

This is now the norm for many on the house hunt, as advances in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become standard issue for those in real estate (RE). Whereas VR involves allows you to see and even navigate a space that may not exist, AR places that space into a space that does, potentially imposing what could be over what is.

 

For the consumer, the main advantage is that, instead of just flipping through Architectural Digest or scrolling through Hauzz, looking for that table or paint color that will make your home the envy of all your other social-climbing friends, you can now see yourself in the house and see everything in it, making changes in real time before you ever set foot in a real open house. Read more

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The Next 100 Years: Technology Predictions

technology

When predicting technology within the next century, one can easily identify future tech based on current trends. However, some of these “future technologies” may already exist today. 

 

In every technology prediction, there are a few no brainers.

 

We know, for example, that military funding will continue unabated so it’s logical to predict that more advanced weapons will be developed. Space-based technology will expand. And new military bases will be located on our moon, distant planets, or orbiting “Battle Stars” (that’s for you Star Wars fans!)  Read more

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This Brand-New Market drives Industry Consolidation

Selecting Renewable Energy High Above The Clouds

Large companies are taking advantage of this emerging market, and changing the landscape of industry consolidation.

 

The fundamental drivers of industry consolidation range from harnessing growth and taking advantage of market opportunities to tax and expense savings; to environmental factors, such as global warming; to financing opportunities, such as strong company stock or low cost financing. 

 

Putting aside the other benefits – especially tax and expense savings – exploiting market opportunities is a major driver for industry consolidation. Today the environmental health and safety (EHS) industry is consolidating and it’s all about market opportunity. Read more

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Internal Advocates: Why they’re the Future of Tech

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Internal Advocates: a company’s best customers, the ones that tell all their friends to use your product are the future of business. Here’s why:

People need some necessity, or incentivization to buy and consume products. If a service or item doesn’t address a need, then it needs to provide a delight experience of some sort. If a company masters the process, then they will reap a great reward: internal advocates. These are customers that tell all of their friends and family to use your product/service on their own accord. These are the customers that will change enterprise in the tech world for a myriad of reasons:

You can share from anywhere — How easy is it for someone to send you a video on social media? Or give you a restaurant recommendation through an “instant enterprise” app, like Yelp or FourSquare? Contemporary society has become one where content and services can be sent from person to person in seconds. In a world that is saturated with tech services, how will yours become “sharable?” Queue in the Internal Advocates. When you have a following or a group of people who love your product, you can imagine the outreach can be immense when combined with instantaneous sharing features. You have viral-like advertising, and you don’t have to pay a cent to do it.

Customers become “hobbyists” —

Waze is the paragon example of building a strong community of internal advocates. They have thousands of volunteers that update their maps, giving their platform extremely powerful data. That is because these people love the features of the tech, and can do things to make it even better. Waze gets production from people who aren’t even on the payroll. This applies to Reddit as well: you have users that monitor, organize, and evaluate sub-communities on their platform because they truly enjoy the information sharing capabilities of the Reddit platform. These people are also paid $0.00, as the user moderators, or “mods,” volunteer.

The most powerful mutually beneficial relationships —

Ultimately, internal advocates build an extremely positive relationship with the technology/companies they are using. Since they trust you to give them an intuitive tool or service, they provide legitimate feedback on how to advance your services and advance your business as a whole.

A company’s customers become data points and don’t have to second-guess what works, and what needs to be built, as mysteries about product usage vanish. A system of interaction is created,where you have all the information needed to provide an awesome service and your customers have their needs met to the point where you’re recommended by them constantly.

You need a fanbase to become a rockstar. Time to build a following.

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Crowdsourcing and how it can boost Occupant Morale

Human Resources Business Concept

By crowdsourcing the people who use buildings, they can be built into a internal community, that generally improves overall conditions. However, there are some challenges to recognize.

 

As mentioned before, there are tangible—often financial—advantages to crowdsourcing feedback from your building’s Human Sensor Network. But, beyond the way these solutions immediately impact your bottom line, what sorts of intangible advantages can inclusive decision making have for your organization’s bigger picture? Read more

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Broadcasting Solutions vs. Building Solutions

Find Solutions, not Problems

The Instant Enterprise Economy offers people a way to instantly broadcast their opinions, but what about a way to instantly build solutions?

 

Applications, digital tools, social media, social networking, and similar platforms have created a way for people to instantly connect, and instantly complain. For example: Yelp, the controversial app Peeple, have the ability to positively and negatively approve their experiences. However there isn’t a surefire way to instantaneous solve, or delegate solutions with these tools. So let’s understand, and learn how to build solutions, instead of simply broadcasting distaste.  

 

Enter, The Human Sensor Network:  Read more

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Human Sensor Networks need a Human Sensor Platform

human sensor net

 

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2016: The Year of the Human Sensor Network. 

 

The Human Sensor Network is a concept that we at CrowdComfort are passionate to explore. Imagine a world where buildings, and other spaces we occupy, become immediate conduits to capture the most powerful data on Earth: Human Sensory Experiences.

 

By building a network of “human sensors,” we can capture these experiences. With this data, people can directly influence occupant experience, and continue to make buildings better. We have discussed the ways to improve a human sensor, and how to improve the overall Human Sensor Network, but we need a medium to facilitate it; a processed way to input the experiences people have. 

 

So in order to build a viable Human Sensor Network, let’s highlight the features that the necessary platform would need in order to fully capture sensory experiences:  Read more