Post pandemic world? New Normal? Let's be realistic, work was broken long before COVID.
Excuse me. Pardon me. Get out of my way, please.
Did you ever really enjoy being crammed into suspiciously warm public transportation seats?
It was a necessary albeit gross experience that got us from point A to point Z.
Similarly, storefronts, shopping malls, gyms, airports, conference rooms, hotels, schools, hospitals, tourist traps, and dreaded public restrooms all share a similar sentiment:
I’D RATHER NOT GO BACK TO THIS…
Hybrid Work What?
PS: It’s messy. The Wall Street Journal talks about the return to work hybrid model being a confusing logistical nightmare.
“Did Bob know we had a conference room meeting today?” Does Bob’s boss really need Bob there?
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai went into great detail over the hybrid approach to work. He laid out a plan for all of his staff to reconsider and improve the working experience as how we work continues to change. What is most interesting in the article is not the concept of hybrid, but the acknowledgement that they way we worked before (commuting, always in the office, working like dogs, etch) wasn’t helping productivity.
“60% of Googlers are coming together in the office a few days a week, another 20% are working in new office locations, and 20% are working from home. ” -Sundar Pichai
All of this is great, but people like Sundar need to measure, analyze, and ensure safety throughout this changing strategy.
It’s not a post pandemic world, it’s an opportunity to simply be SMARTER.
SMARTER buildings, conference rooms, arenas, restrooms, hotels… you know. People places.
PS: Google knows what they’re doing. They’re not just replacing the ping pong tables with couches at home, they know there are benefits to self help.
If you’re interested in doing the same, thinking it is one thing… DOING IT requires a little leg work.
What’s the Bottom Line?
How much do we know about relaxation techniques?
A substantial amount of research has been done on relaxation techniques. However, for many health conditions, the number or size of the studies has been small, and some studies have been of poor quality.
What do we know about the effectiveness of relaxation techniques?
Relaxation techniques may be helpful in managing a variety of health conditions, including anxiety associated with illnesses or medical procedures, insomnia, labor pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Psychological therapies, which may include relaxation techniques, can help manage chronic headaches and other types of chronic pain in children and adolescents. Relaxation techniques have also been studied for other conditions, but either they haven’t been shown to be useful, research results have been inconsistent, or the evidence is limited.
What do we know about the safety of relaxation techniques?
Relaxation techniques are generally considered safe for healthy people, although there have been a few reports of negative experiences such as increased anxiety. People with serious physical or mental health problems should discuss relaxation techniques with their health care providers.
Check out this use case from our friends at roKC:
What CDC says to the vaccinated...
What You Should Keep Doing
For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
- If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.
What We Know
- COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
- COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.
What We’re Still Learning
- How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
- How well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications.
- How long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.
As we know more, CDC will continue to update our recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
Optimize the indoor experiences to reduce common friction points and increase conversions and profits, checking all three of those boxes.
Imagine a post pandemic (ahem) working environment designed to protect you from more than COVID and add a pinch of convenience?
Think of an apparel store. The #1 goal of that place is simple: Sell clothes.
Imagine the engagement threshold for Nike’s was over 15 seconds, but there was a much higher threshold for a rack of shirts with Nirvana, STP, and Green Day logos…
After doing some math, it might make sense to boop the Nike’s over to the dressing rooms or checkout area so lingering customers could gaze.
So you know, this type of thinking is exactly how to enforce social distancing. Instead of focusing on where the sneaks are, it’s how far the people are from each other.
How would a notification to staff be useful to cease unhealthy space utilization scenarios? Is an object or objects preventing the staff from maintaining a safe distance? Did someone looking at the band tee’s reenact Keith Moon’s exploding drums? How many people are around to clean up?
By capturing people in motion, the solutions garnered from the data generate performance metrics and actionable insights for behavior analytics that improve the operations.
Jennie Morton has something to say about smart buildings...
Get Post Pandemic Smarter
Crowd Density Management
Conference Room Management
A proper mmWave sensor can detect if a person or object is stationary, micro-moving or moving. Consider a person in the restroom typing on their phone or tapping their feet. Sensors can capture that motion discreetly (i.e. no camera).
In many situations, keeping track of people entering and exiting a building, room, public transit, or another densely occupied space is a manual process. How many times have you sat in a train watching an employee rush by as she clicks away while passing each occupied seat?
Aggregated data provides powerful insights to more effectively and efficiently count, track and remove friction points in high traffic areas. Not only does it keep automated count of humans entering and exiting, but it also provides extraordinary protection to society.
Neat. Where do I get started and how does this work?
- Automate Occupancy Detection
- Make Data-driven Decisions
- Optimize Space Utilization
- Aggregate Data for Powerful Insights
- Increase Efficiency in High Traffic Areas
- Protect Your Customers