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January 12, 2021 Business News No Comments Email Email

Unified working platform (UWP) Nura Space has publicly launched its Australian-first system, designed to understand, redefine and optimise workplaces of the future.

A timely response to a growing need from Australian enterprises for a reliable solution to safely return to the office, Nura Space has been welcomed as a way to manage workplaces and improve the employee experience in a post-pandemic environment.

Founded in 2017 by business leader Anton Schiavello and supported by Keti Malkoski with a background in organisational strategy and psychology, Nura Space was developed as a separate venture and backed by notable manufacturing, construction, and development firm, the Schiavello Group.

Based on insights gained during change enablement programmes that shape new ways of working in diverse industries, Nura Space will now be available as a standalone solution for enterprises and will continue to receive support and funding from the Schiavello Group.

The Schiavello Group will be the first organisation to deploy the platform across its 7 offices, housing more than 400 staff nationally. Nura Space will be used to measure sensory data, such as acoustic and temperature levels, workspace utilisation and health and safety metrics to support COVID-safe spaces. It will also enable new hybrid working models, with features like desk booking and floorplan mapping to encourage new ways of using the Schiavello Group’s national offices. 

Nura Space General Manager Anton Schiavello said using tech to understand offices would deliver multiple benefits, from improving employee wellbeing, to driving better returns on commercial assets.

“2020 has been a challenging year, yet despite a health crisis and global recession, we’ve had the opportunity to introduce Nura Space to a selection of enterprise organisations and roll out live environments for onsite testing, analysis and improvement.

“Our working environments, and the way we use them are changing in ways we didn’t anticipate. We developed Nura Space to equip employers and facility managers with the tools to understand, evaluate risk and respond to occupational changes, which have become more relevant than ever due to COVID-19,” he said.

Nura Space Director of Client Strategy and Engagement, Keti Malkoski, said the pandemic highlighted the existing need for employers to rethink the relationship between office spaces, collaboration and wellbeing.

“As we move towards a COVID normal, employers have an increased responsibility to promote wellbeing and safety at work. Prior to the pandemic, our research indicated less than half  (41 per cent) of employees believed their workspace was healthy and positively impacted their wellbeing.  Further, two-thirds felt physical proximity to their team members was necessary in order for them to effectively complete their work, which has become challenging with social distancing requirements,” she said.  “Employers now have a tremendous opportunity to better understand and re-think the purpose of offices to enable more collaboration in a responsible and low-risk environment.  We know people thrive, enjoy higher levels of productivity and workplace wellbeing when they can work in connected ways. We intend to achieve this with Nura Space,” she said.

The Melbourne-based company plans to roll out the platform to medium and large enterprises within Australia immediately, with the US, UK and Asian markets to follow in 2021.

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