Facing Fears: Understanding Technology in the Workplace

By Gloria Rose – Director, Enterprise & Channel Partnership Sales, Tapdn

There are certain fears we all face. Whether it’s a fear of heights, snakes or in my case, bugs, it can be difficult to get over certain phobias, even if we know there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Installing unfamiliar technologies in a workplace is a common fear for employees across industries, but it shouldn’t be. Recent innovations in space monitoring and utilization technology can actually improve job satisfaction by showing employers how their workforce prefers to operate and adjusting the setup accordingly. Employees just need to understand how the technology will be installed and its role moving forward.

Here’s why I think there is a misunderstanding about technology and the direct benefits it can provide to employees by creating a more comfortable and productive work environment.

The Root of Fear

When people hear words like “sensors,” “IoT” and “artificial intelligence,” it sometimes conjures images of Big Brother or other entities watching over them and having access to their personal information. This fear can be enough to distract employees from completing daily tasks and affect overall quality of work.

When you break it down, it’s really just the fear of the unknown. To overcome this fear, facility managers and real estate directors can educate employees why the technology is being implemented and to help them understand how it is being installed, including the security measures being taken to ensure all data is secure. Following installation, certain technologies – such as the Tapdn IoT platform – only require employees to wear a badge around the office, causing no disruptions to their day-to-day activity.

Putting Your Mind at Ease

What do businesses need to do to ensure employees are comfortable with new technology? Simple: Partner with vendors that understand the process and make the installation simple for everyone involved.

Flexibility is key when it comes to working with the unique needs of an organization and aligning with their business objectives. For example, at Tapdn:

  • We ask the right questions to ensure clients are comfortable with the installation process.
  • We work with the best contacts within organizations to follow all security protocols, certifications and modifications necessary to keep data secure.
  • We grow with our clients. Following installation, we manage all necessary maintenance and modifications to the technology as business needs change over time.

Technology advancements have the power to catapult businesses to new heights. IoT can reveal findings to help businesses optimize spend and efficiencies, and as a result boost employee job satisfaction. Often, the largest hurdle for businesses to adapt new technology is education. By partnering with the right vendor, employees can rest assured their data is secure and there won’t be any disruptions to hinder productivity.