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6 technologies to improve your return to the office

From providing physical wellbeing to equipping employees with information, technology can help you advance safety protocols, and build employee trust and wellbeing.

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Studies show art as an impactful visual stimulant. When featured in workplaces, artwork is oftentimes viewed as a “positive distraction,” prompting rituals like self-reflection and impromptu socialization. When looking at art as a stimulant, surveys have shown that viewers looking at artwork process information more effectively and share ideas and opinions more openly and freely.

What can we do to help our seniors be their best selves as their memories fade? Is there something we can all do today to make a difference?

Sep 23, 2020

Design For Our Future

The number of Americans ages 65 and older has grown by 10% over the past 40 years, and will reach 80 million in 2040. And the group most often needing help with activities of daily living, adults ages 85 and older, will nearly double from 2000 and 2040.

Together with technology professionals, architects, and policy makers, we’re creating a state-of-the-art Interactive Learning Center, located here in San Francisco. One that puts ideas into action, and a place where we can get a glimpse of a safe, connected future work experiences that puts existing technology to work in a way that makes our return to the workplace better than the one we left.

The Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership is a fresh new presence on the Monterey peninsula. And it’s the largest physical expansion of the Bay Area’s beloved Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Maintaining the capability to provide care to residents in their own “home” with dignity and safety is a key tenant to supporting seniors. It will require creativity, innovation and adjustment to senior community design, planning and specialized technologies to accomplish, but the health and social benefits to our growing senior population will be worth the effort.

As telemedicine becomes the expectation rather than the exception, how might the experience become more human in the process?

Consider this: before COVID-19, school facilities were only in use 18% of the time. Now, as we potentially face new hybrid models of learning where parents take a more active role in their kids’ education, what will our learning environments become?

What if classrooms could feel more like natural environments, and help make us happier, more connected, and kinder learners and educators? What if returning to our roots, through connection to nature and biophilic elements, could redefine what learning spaces could be?

And throughout all this ‘return to the office’ planning, we’ve been thinking about our people. How will they feel? What can we do to keep them safe and connected? Are there ways we can help reduce stress?

As we look back over the past ten weeks, COVID 19 has exposed unexpected challenges and new inequities across education. As many articles on education have exposed, the lack of access to education is both a tragedy and systemic problem that has negatively impacted our young learners and their families.

COVID-19 is challenging us. But those challenges are also helping us reexamine our previous assumptions of how medical facility rooms of all types can and should function.