How can you use geo-intelligence to create healthier teams?

Smart companies gain an edge over their competition by creating stronger work environments. Doing so requires the power to identify vulnerable groups, keep a sense of community, and quickly monitor resources. 

Covid-19 has already taught us many lessons (and chances are we’re far from graduating!).  Especially, it has highlighted several key operational learnings for companies:

  • What happens at home has a large influence on how we feel and perform at work.  These past few weeks have been even more acute as work, home, and school have collided in the same location.
  • People do not have to be crammed into an office to be productive.  Let’s be honest, the latest open-spaces, free-food, on-site facilities that we can see in many locations are designed to keep people inside a location, not to make them happier.
  • But with work from home being an option, the job of business owners and HR managers is going to become even more complex.
  • Even if you are running an operation where people have to be present (a factory for example), your team’s health is going to be paramount to your success.  In doubt, check out the long list of processing plants that are being shut-down because too many people are too sick to work.

Can GIS help you through the process?  It can.  Here is a simple, live, example.  Our customers use our platform to monitor their team’s health across many locations.  They get live, accurate, and secure data. Obviously we’ve cleaned-up and anonymized the data!

Every time a user registers a video-selfie on Okaya, we feed it into our algorithm and deliver a series of scores that a customer can use to make faster and tangible operational decisions

But here is the extra kicker:  Say you are a GIS user (an Esri customer for example), you can use the map like the one below as a base-map.  Then, you can overlay other maps or information points.  For example:

  • Display layers showing Covid predictions for the days to come and assess whether part of your team is at risk.
  • Layer out information from your ERP or HRIS to make sure your team is properly staffed. Most employers cannot afford to replace key team-members right now.
  • Retrieve additional public data that can help your team access certain resources (testing, hospital…)

Data is everywhere and when properly analyzed, without bias, it can become a powerful tool to improve your operations.  Of course I’d be remis to not bring up the topic of privacy and security.  Just because you have access to data, you have to use it responsibly and ethically.  Without this step, no matter how good your software is, you will lack the basic trust required by your users.

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