14: Ria Blagburn on smart buildings, emotions and mental health

Season #1 Episode #14

Ria Blagburn from Vanti talks about using technology in smart buildings in a way that makes life easier and enhances the human experience of the workplace. We discuss how remote working has been possible due to the available technology, and how we’ve recognised the importance of the face-to-face human interaction in the absence of it. Ria is pragmatic about the future needing to be more in balance. Ria also talks about the importance of understanding the emotional state of everyone in the team to guide how you work together. Vanti have created a culture of transparency around emotions and mental health. It so important to be honest about differences of opinion and I love the way Vanti provide an opportunity for people to share how they feel after a difficult meeting. I agree with Ria that it makes business sense to care for the people in the team but Vanti seem to have gone beyond the words and put it into action. The level of honesty and openness about how people feel is refreshing in a world of fast-paced technological change.  The business case for clarity and openness is clear, how can you create more clarity and openness in your team? What might be different if you had a quick check in and check out of meetings? http://www.judejennison.com/ (www.judejennison.com) in partnership with https://birmingham.tech/ (https://birmingham.tech)