Key Takeaways from Industry Roundtable Series: Workplace 4.0 — Hacking Productivity
Attendees across industries participated in a roundtable session on workplace productivity at NUS Enterprise@Singapore Science Park on 30 January. With ‘workplace 4.0’ being the buzzword of the decade, it’s more important than ever to explore how digitization can be used to enhance productivity. Among the topics discussed, they are:
- Smart sustainable cities — co-living & co-working environments of the future
- Smart environments — how air quality, lighting, other parameters affect employee productivity
- Smart hiring — how to automate the hiring process
Building a good physical environment shouldn’t be left out in this conversation. Assoc Prof Sekhar Kondepudi from the NUS School of Design and Environment shared from his 25 years of experience in a variety of technology verticals including Smart Buildings. It has been proven that lighting, noise levels and conditions of a building are all factors that impact the efficiency of employees on a daily basis. With more millennials entering the workforce, it becomes increasingly crucial for employers to understand what they seek in their working environment, from how eco-friendly the building is to getting the right air-con temperature. This is where digitization and technology comes in to develop human-centric offices, achievable by utilizing #IOT technology and big data to quantify our environment.
On a macro-scale, the ultimate goal of changing the environment using technology is to build smart sustainable cities and co-living space for the future, as pointed out by Mr Aylwin Tan of CapitaLand Group. As one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups, the local gem is moving beyond individual buildings to focus on building interconnected industry clusters to drive future smart cities. CapitaLand has teamed up with NavInfo DataTech and TPG Telecom to set up Singapore’s largest 5G smart estate trial site at Singapore Science Park to drive connectivity and innovation.
Technology can also be weaved into every department and process in the workplace. Having spent a decade in the executive search industry, Raj Kasi, Co-Founder of Impress.ai, is able to identify recruiting challenges across enterprises and address them through AI- powered processes and platforms. Recruiters are often overwhelmed by the large number of applicants and don’t always have time to interview every candidate fairly. With innovation, a smart, automated and personalised hiring process can be achieved with the use of Impress.ai’s AI-powered chatbots.
The session ended with networking and discussions which lasted well into the night, and participants came away with new friendships and collaboration opportunities.
From time to time, NUS Enterprise organised Industry Roundtable Series, with topics focusing on four industries: Agri & foodtech, Connected Devices, Environmental Solutions and Future Health. Follow NUS Enterprise@Singapore Science Park on LinkedIn for updates of such events in the future.