Sustainability technologies to improve environmental performance is the number one anchor technology that most companies are looking to adopt/ Image – Canva.
  • JLL has released its Future of Work Survey for 2022
  • Companies looking to adopt technology for both sustainability and connectivity
  • More that half report looking to incorporate sensors to monitor space and workplace performance

Australian real estate businesses are looking towards smart technologies to enhance their workplaces for the future with sustainability technologies anticipated to be particularly sought after, according to the global commercial real estate services company JLL’s Future of Work Survey 2022.

The company’s latest research aims to outline a roadmap for Corporate Real Estate (CRE) technology investment. The study identifies 15 anchor technologies that JLL anticipates workplaces will adopt to accomplish strategic goals such as sustainability and employee wellbeing.

Most companies (78%) surveyed intend to incorporate 10 of the anchor technologies in their operations by 2025 while 40% plan to implement all 15.

JLL’s Head of Asset and Digital Development, James Peterson, said that the pandemic lead companies to direct investment towards facilitating remote working and collaboration across a dispersed workforce.

“The transformativce power of technology to accelerate changes in a dynamic-working model has been very evident over the last two years.”

James Peterson, JLL Head of Asset and Digital Development

“There is a consensus among them that technology will be one of the most powerful drivers of work efficiency, workforce satisfaction and workplace experience,” Mr Peterson said.

The JLL survey found that the most common technologies currently found in the workplace include remote-working technology (47% of companies surveyed), in-office collaboration (40%) and work-place apps (36%).

Sustainability, connectivity and monitoring tech on the rise

Technologies directed at environmental performance are the number one anchor technology that most companies (60%) are looking to adopt.

This is followed by technologies for improving connectivity or digital infrastructure which 58% of companies say they plan to invest in.

JLL’s research also found that 58% of companies surveyed are looking to incorporate sensors to monitor space and workplace performance. Citrix’s recently released Work Rebalanced Report found that 80% of surveyed employers are not opposed to using software to monitor their employees.

 “We anticipate a significant adoption of smart technologies – such as those that will monitor space and workplace performance and provide real-time data about occupancy – and predictive technologies that will automate facilities management and maintenance decision-making,” Mr Peterson said.

Across both connectivity and monitoring technology, 56% of organisations surveyed by JLL anticipate implementing them over the next three years.

JLL’s Head of Property Management – Australia, Richard Fennell, said: “In the past two years, we have witnessed a rapid acceleration of many trends identified in our earlier 2018 Future of Work Survey. This includes the large-scale adoption of dynamic and flexible working, the growth of workplace technologies to support CRE functions in managing these new workstyles, and increased investment to bolster environmental sustainability goals.

While once upon a time the occupier and investor/landlord were quite disparate and operated in a silo from each other, this has changed and we are now seeing them come together with the aim of producing a collective hoteling-style outcome for their joint customer – the worker,” he said.

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