Smart Workplace Sessions – what’s that?

Smart Workplace Sessions is a new webinar series with powerful and compact talks with experts of the industry.
In this series we take a value-based approach to smart technologies, and talk about optimizing property for the QBL (quadruple bottom-line: People, Planet, Profit & Public good) in a sustainable way, by connecting the “Bits”, “Bricks” & “Brains” that make up the workplace.

Why this is for you?

We hope to inspire further discussions and actions among Facility Managers, CIO’s, Workplace Managers, ICT specialists, Office Managers, Property Managers, Workplace Consultants, Human Resources, Managing Directors, People and Culture professionals and anyone interested in creating better workplace experience, real estate strategies, facility services and proptech.

We invite you to join us on a “mission possible” to create better and smarter workplaces - where space use, employee experience, costs, environmental and business impacts are optimized for a “sustainable sweetspot” based on circular economy principles - with the help of data and technology.

Go to recordings and summaries of past Smart Workplace Sessions.

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Coming up next:

#11. Principles of Hybrid Work in Banking - Case OP Group
December 8, 2021  >> REGISTER

Revolution or evolution? The path toward flexible working practices and a hybrid work model is not as straight forward and clear cut as some might imagine. There is no ready model to implement, no blueprint to follow, no silver bullet to solve all questions. But there are some principles one can use. Some frameworks to use as guides. Best practices for getting organized to lead holistic change. Some processes and methods to use. And good leading examples to draw inspiration from. Even for industries that may appear more conservative than others at times - such as the banking sector. If they can do it, can't we all? 

Join host Pontus Kihlman (Head of Business Development, Optimaze) in a talk with Anna Haaman (Senior Expert, Hybrid Work Product Owner | OP Financial Group) and Tuula Laakso (Premises Manager | OP Financial Group) for the 2021 season finale of the Smart Workplace Sessions, where you've been invited on a virtual site tour to the headquarters of Finland's largest bank, OP Financial Group, to learn more about their workplace evolution from office-based working toward a hybrid work model.


Review Past Smart Workplace Sessions

Session #1: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Smart Offices


February 3, 2021 | LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING


Susan Clarke, Research Director, Verdantix

What are Smart Office Solutions? How can space and workplace software solutions help companies and organizations manage their space more efficiently and improve employees’ workplace experience, while making a positive impact on the environment and society.

Session #2: How Smart Offices Can Change Our Workday Experience


February 17, 2021 | LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING


Dr. Peggie Rothe, Chief Insights & Research Officer, Leesman

What is the connection between job satisfaction, workplace experience, freedom and autonomy, flexible working, frictionless and seamless work environments and a day-to-day state of flow? What role do smart technologies play in making the employee experience better?

Session #3: How to Optimize Space with Tech and Workplace Data


March 31, 2021 | LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING


Karin Ståhl, Workplace Strategist, CEO & Founder, GoToWork

Fact-based decision making. Evidence-based design. Workplace strategy. Real-time optimization of space use. Zero waste philosophy. How can utilization data, user feedback and other workplace metrics be used to improve the use of space, so that it is optimized for productivity, experience and efficiency? 

Session #4: How to Leverage Smart Technology for FM Services


April 21, 2021 | LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING


Fredrik Sandqvist, Head of Innovation & Service Development, Coor

Mattias Wahlgren, Group Innovation Manager – Technology, Coor 

What role do smart workplace solutions play in facilities management? How do smart workplace solutions boost optimized space utilization, increased productivity and overall wellbeing.

Session #5: How Indoor Air Data Can Boost A Smarter Workplace


May 26, 2021 |  LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING


Piia Sormunen, Industry Professor, Tampere University

Suvi Nenonen, Docent, Tampere University

How can we make workplaces feel and also be safer? The layout and design of a building, managing and tracking occupancy and people flows, and monitoring indoor air quality indicators to adjust heating and ventilation, can all impact potential airborne spread of the virus.

Session #6: How to Change How We Think About Recharging at Work


June 16, 2021 | LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING


Marco Kärkkäinen, Psychotherapist, Founder, Inventor & Chief Scientific Officer at Neurosonic

Can workplaces support their employees to restore their energy reserves, pace themselves and monitor their own wellbeing? What risk factors and typical stressor should we watch out for and how can smart workplace solutions help track energy or restore productivity levels?

Session #7: The Business Case for Flexible Working


August 31, 2021 | LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING


Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics

The webinar makes a compelling, data-based business case for  providing more choice and flexibility to employees of where, when and how they perform their work - is one of the first steps in creating a sustainable, strategic change. 

Session #8: Furniture-as-a-Service: Circular Economy for the Workplace


September 15, 2021 | LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING


Melanie Jones, Strategic Business Development, CORT
Eeva Terävä, Vice President, Head of Martela Design Studio, Martela

The circular economy and what that means in terms of furniture for creating and maintaining proper work settings. 

Session #9: Work-Near-Home: The Case for Distributed Workplaces


October 27, 2021 | LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING 


Dr. Antti Tuomela, Co-founder and CEO, Spacent
George Horhota, CEO, Spacent Canada
"Anywhere working" and other alternate workplace strategies can improve employee well-being and productivity - as well as the company bottom-line. How to build more sustainable societies by creating "15-minute cities" through networks of local and accessible networks of professional workspace closer to home. 

#10: Flexibility & Choice as a Government Workplace Strategy


November 10, 2021 | LINK TO SESSION RECAP & RECORDING 


Kasper Fabritius, Head of Solution Sales, Sales and Marketing Manager, Senate Properties 

The Finnish government,  a pioneer in activity-based and flexible working globally, is empowering government employees to create the best possible public services effectively.