Bring your office into the next decade—without breaking the bank.
You don’t need levitating office products and robots to bring your office into the future. Simple tech upgrades can help you attract and retain employees—and get business done faster.
1. Smart thermostat
The Nest ($249) learns about your team’s preferences over time and automatically adjusts according to factors like time of day. That can mean less bickering—and lower energy bills.
2. Outlets galore
People feel panic when batteries on electronic devices drop below 20 percent, according to an LG consumer survey. Plentiful outlets throughout the office make charging smartphones and laptops a snap.
3. Mood lighting
The right lighting can boost mood and productivity. Smart lightbulbs, like Hue by Philips ($14.99+ per bulb) and Lifx ($19.99+ per bulb), allow employees to adjust brightness with an app or voice control.
4. 3-D printer
These next-gen printers can spit out prototypes and customized products in no time—without having to pay for a pricey off-site print job. A pint-sized 3-D printer costs just $200.
5. Video conferencing
Put TV screens in your conference rooms to get more face time with customers, employees, and job candidates. Try free services like Google Hangouts and Skype to chat with one or more users at a time.