[Written in partnership with PULSY Technology, but the editorial team had full control over the content.]
Being a small team of about 10 people, we at Vulcan Post Malaysia enjoyed the freedom to simply approach anyone’s desk to ask for help and know where each person is in the open office space. Of course, it was all before the pandemic.
As we are currently working on WFH, we are announcing arrival and departure times, when we pick up the delivery package with AFK or take lunch breaks. It’s not undesirable because there are so few of us, but if you work in a larger team, managing a workplace online and offline may not be that simple.
For example, an organization with 100 employees might face difficulties in quickly locating others within a building, requesting maintenance assistance, or finding a printer. PULSY Technology (PULSY) wants to fill that gap as a smart solution for the workplace, from tracking office staff movements, to creating the right environment for productivity.
What is PULSY?
On its website, PULSY states that it provides organizations with insights for better workspace management. With their Bluetooth low-power sensors (BLE), organizations can monitor the location of their teams in rooms that will be updated in real time as they move.
This means that, with enough PULSY presence sensors around the office, you will be able to monitor where your employees are, whether in meeting rooms, pantries, their desks, etc. And therefore find them.
These sensors are connected to the account of each employee available through the PUSLY application. In turn, employees can manually or automatically set check-in and check-out times, with only passing through a sensor at the entrance to update their records.
There’s also a central bulletin board to manage, posting, sharing news and updates that can be accessed via push notifications.
As convenient as it is for the company, PULSY’s technology could be intrusive to employees, as their presence and all forms of movement can be monitored. However, PULSY CEO K. Nantha (Nantha) believes that this solution, instead of being intrusive, improves the general understanding of the company’s operational needs for the benefit of employees.
Human resource managers can then find ways to optimize their scheduling and resources to improve environmental, social, and workplace management (ESG).
Did you know: The ESG is an assessment of a firm’s collective conscience in terms of social and environmental factors. Environmental criteria take into account the company’s energy consumption, waste, pollution, conservation of natural resources and treatment of animals. Social Criteria examines how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities in which it operates. Management deals with company management, CEO salaries, audits, internal controls and shareholder rights.
If PULSY’s solutions work as planned, organizations are promised a healthier work environment so employees can feel comfortable and calm in their physical work environments to produce their best work.
Such an environment includes clean air, natural lighting, pleasant temperatures and noise that does not interfere, elements that many companies usually ignore. This should also lead to a reduction in absence, if the issues of stress and low morale among employees can be addressed at an early stage.
This is an extension of the company’s offering after implementing air, energy and workspace quality monitoring solutions for Fortune 500, marking a milestone for PULSY 2020.
Efficient management of a divided workforce
At first glance, PULSY’s technology looks best suited to physical workspaces. Since most office employees worked remotely during MCOs, we wondered how the startup adapted.
Contrary to our assumptions that the company’s services would be underutilized, Nantha said PULSY’s technology has benefited organizations amid ever-changing SOPs and a divided workforce.
He added: “For example, the number of staff allowed in the office has been revised to minimize risks. Our solution solved this problem by supervising the staff in the office. It became part of the companies ’SOP monitoring system and helped plan their resources. ”
This makes sense, given that most PULSY clients include medium-sized companies and large corporations with multiple monitoring staff. Without proper planning data, it would be difficult to manage a large, divided workforce safely during a pandemic.
In the same direction of thinking that PULSY is more valuable for physical spaces, startups may face the threat of relocating businesses as they become increasingly acceptable to WFH. Therefore, it will be difficult to say whether all companies will return to have 100% of their workforce in the office when it is safer.
It may be safe to assume that PULSY could focus on the event industry, where tracking the movements of staff and volunteers would be useful in a large space full of people. Education could also be a good sector to monitor in monitoring student attendance and maintaining the teaching environment and school premises.
Nantha disagreed with our first assumption, convinced that there would be a percentage of employees who would even prefer to work in offices.
He quoted Harvard Business Review who wrote that 41% of employees in Australia returned to offices in April 2021. Furthermore, in cities less affected by the pandemic, such as Perth and Adelaide, the population is 70%, slightly below pre-pandemic levels.
A Monster.com survey in July 2021 also revealed this 69% of American workers they have burns while working from home. This may indicate that employees want to return to the offices.
“It’s similar to VS Netflix cinemas; we enjoy using both to meet our needs, ”Nantha summed up for the Vulcan Post. Although it is worth noting that these data refer to the opinions and behavior of those in Australia and the US, not locally. But if PULSY’s clients want to pass, there will be industries that will benefit from the services of a two-year SaaS.
Addressing our proposals on turning events and the education sector, Nantha agreed to explore such markets if the opportunity arises. This is in line with PULSY’s short-term goal of developing more products over the next few years while securing more customers between 2022-2025.
- You can learn more about PULSY technology here.
- You can read about other workplace platforms we’ve introduced here.
Highlight Credit: K. Nantha, CEO of PULSY Technology