There are many benefits to hybrid and remote working, but there are also many problems with hybrid work that companies will need to overcome. Reliable hybrid or remote working practices require support in the form of new strategic guidance, corporate policies, and technology.
Among those technologies, real-time location services (RTLS) are some of the most effective, potentially addressing a range of different remote working challenges. On the back of sudden corporate interest in these new remote working use cases, the RTLS market is expected to grow at a staggering rate of over 39 percent through 2028.
This article first analyzes the challenges of remote working organizations face, using insights from leading business experts, and details how the single greatest underlying challenge is simply knowing which employees are in your buildings at a given time. Then it explains how real-time location services work and suggests seven ways RTLS systems can make life easier for companies struggling to manage remote workers.
The '5 C' Challenges of Remote Working
Martine Haas is a leading business management expert and the Director of the Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies at the Wharton School of Business. She's studied remote working practices for over two decades.
As the Covid pandemic unfolded, Haas and her team identified five challenges—what she dubbed the 5 C's—that hybrid and remote work teams needed to address in order to succeed. They were: communication, coordination, connection, creativity, and culture.
Underlying all of these is a fundamental challenge many business leaders didn't have to worry about before hybrid working became dominant: the need to know who was in which business location and when. All of the 5 C's, but especially communication, coordination, and connection, are hurt when businesses lack insight into which employees are in which facilities at a given time. That uncertainty over employee locations also led to new questions about employee safety.
Hybrid Working Also Created New Safety and Security Challenges
One of the most basic but serious safety challenges businesses must contend with when they follow a hybrid schedule is dealing with fewer people in the office. It may sound like that would make safety easier, but fewer people means a greater chance that an individual could be left alone.
It also means there are fewer individuals available to follow all steps in your emergency preparedness plan for the workplace during an evacuation. Finally, traditional health and safety procedures may not apply when only a smaller, hybrid workforce is in the office.
RTLS for Workplace Safety
The consulting firm McKinsey & Co. found that the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of new practices, like hybrid working. It has also accelerated the adoption of new technologies, including real-time location services. A survey conducted as part of their report found that 54 percent of executives expected hybrid working and the technology to support it to become a permanent part of their company's operations.
RTLS systems use networks of wireless sensors located throughout a workplace to monitor the location and wellbeing of your workers. Pre-pandemic, businesses used them for security, lone worker safety, and evacuation planning. Now they're used for all three in new hybrid workplaces.
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About the Author
Vice President of Marketing
Jay oversees marketing and strategic partnerships at Real Time Networks and has over three decades of experience in leadership roles in the financial services and technology industries.