Powering Up and Staying Connected Outdoors

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Today’s workplaces are expanding beyond the four walls of an office. As technology continues to evolve, employees are looking for new and alternative workspaces to inspire creativity and increase productivity. This includes taking their work to outdoor spaces. Bringing technology to outdoor spaces has become a challenge for facility managers and property owners who want to increase the value of their workspace while keeping their businesses running smoothly and their employees happy.  

Here are a few ways permanent power enhances outdoor spaces.

Constant Connection is Expected

Millennials make up one in three American workers, according to the Pew Research Center. As mobile technology has developed, Wi-Fi and cell phones have blurred the lines between where people connect, making the traditional nine-to-five workday a thing of the past. This demographic has been raised in a digital world and has a firmly entrenched need for constant connection.

Whether we’re inside or outside, the majority of the workforce wants a fast connection. Having strong power in outdoor spaces meets the expectations of today’s workers.

Existing Workarounds for Power Are Lacking

There is an increasing use of outdoor space in a variety of markets around the country. This trend is being driven by property owners looking to maximize their real estate investment by getting more revenue and use from their outdoor spaces. The upsurge in the use of outdoor workspaces is driving the need for power and data connectivity at locations away from main buildings where there is traditionally no power and data wiring.

What solutions are currently available to facility managers and building owners? Often, it’s a clunky combination of temporary power, workarounds and products not UL rated for outdoor use. These solutions often involve bringing cabling or wiring from a building and then putting mats over the cable to prevent tripping.

These makeshift solutions can take away from outdoor beauty, but what’s worse is that they are often unsafe. As they’re susceptible to rust and corrosion, the installations need repair and replacement regularly.  

Benefits of Permanent and Safe Outdoor Power

Permanent and safe power enhances the way that employees, guests and customers think of an exterior space. Facility managers need products that help create an environment that promotes longer stays, better productivity and more positive experiences.

The biggest benefits of permanent outdoor power include:

  • Lower labor costs
  • Reduced material wear and tear
  • Ability to provide more reliable service to guests or customers
  • Minimal liability risk
  • Improved aesthetics of outdoor space

Stay Connected Anywhere

Today’s work environment is transient. Bringing technology to outdoor spaces can stimulate creativity and productivity. Whether working inside or outside, meet and exceed employee and customer expectations with reliable outdoor power.

The opinions expressed in this piece are solely Legrand's. They do not necessarily represent WESCO’s views.