10 November 2017

Emphasis on employees and their working environment, reducing the number of people or how to prevent fluctuation – all of this was discussed by experts under the auspices of CBRE.

Healthy halls were the motto of the second morning breakfast debate, a so-called business session organized by CBRE, which supports the Art of Space portal. “We deliberately did not say green halls because we wanted to emphasize that it is not just the environment around the halls, but also inside. They work for people and it is necessary for this work environment to be healthy,” said Bert Hesselink from the organizing company.
The event was attended by Tomáš Ctibor from 4ct representing zoning interests, Rostislav Dvořák LIKO-S who deals with green facades and roofs, Romain Coiquaud from VCES, the industrial real estate developer, Ladislav Kučera on HR staff from Hays and Petr Goral from DHL as a representative of the end-users of halls.

In contrast to the original expectation, the discussion did not revolve around the environment, buildings or water, but people were discussed more. Today, there should be almost no difference between an office in a classical office building and an office in an industrial hall. “It has been said in the debate that people are much more emancipated and they say what they want working conditions and environment. The term green building is no longer used. They are called blue because they are focused on the people who work in them. They also focused on an interesting trend: huge machines were working in the halls whose service was not numerous. There was a sharp increase in the number of people working in the halls – packing, assembling and diverting. And today with another industrial revolution there is a return to low numbers of employees in halls,” summarized Hesselink.

One of the interesting points of the discussion was that all these measures could contribute to reducing fluctuations. Beginning with cost calculations: on the one hand, there is a model with frequent employee exchange, recruitment and necessary training. On the other hand, the second approach counts on investing in technology and the associated reduction in the number of working positions, which will in the long run be reflected in a smaller fluctuation of people. They will be more fulfilled and proud of the fact that they are steadily working in a professional post and in a better environment.

Bert Hesselink describes another remarkable observation from the debate: “It will soon be the first time that three generations will work in one place: once the high school students come to work. It will be a new situation that we will have to get used to and adapt to. Of course, each of these generations has different demands and requirements.

At the end of the meeting there was one interesting and unknown terms for many – grey water. It is related to the independence and self-sufficiency of industrial sites in terms of water management. It is not just about recycling, but also about using it. “For example, the participants in the discussion pointed out that we already have legislation for using rainwater, but not about using grey water for watering,” concluded Hesselink, who will it deal with in future articles.

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