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Have you heard of biomimicry? It is a practice that mimics the strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges (Biomimicry Institute, 2022). Bees for instance have a natural ability to monitor and maintain a healthy environment in their beehive. In order to thrive, bees constantly regulate air quality and we ‘hoomans’ are finally starting to understand how important this capability is in our indoor spaces. As such, Cisco has developed Cisco Smart Workspaces (powered by Cisco Spaces); a solution to enable you to create safer and smarter workspaces.

What employees expect has greatly changed in the past few years…

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of employees do not feel completely safe working in their employer’s buildings and 23% said they’d quit their job than return to a facility that did not implement necessary safety measures (Honeywell, Jan 2021)

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of employees would like to know the air quality in the building they work in, even after the pandemic ends (Cohesion Nov 2021)

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of employees indicate they need intelligent workplace technology to improve work environments (Dimension Research, 2020)

Introducing Cisco Smart Workspaces

The data speaks for itself and Cisco listened. We built Cisco Smart Workplaces (powered by Cisco Spaces) to create the work environment of the future, where people not only feel safe and supported but also have a fantastic experience. As an industry leader, Cisco is like “innovator bees”. Rather than following the waggle dance like most do, we decided to explore unchartered territories and deliver a cutting-edge solution answering our customer’s evolving needs.

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Work like a bee

Are you curious to find out what type of bee you are? Surprisingly, we “hoomans” have similar characteristics to the various bee groups. Some of us are clumsy, others are feisty. Some people like to be alone whilst others thrive in groups. Take this short quiz to identify your inner bee!

What type of bee are you?

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What type of bee are you?

Curiosity got the better of you, and now you want to discover your inner bee. Don't forget to share your results!

Question 1 of 5

  • True team player
  • Friendly and lovable
  • Happy go lucky
  • Fiercely self sufficient

Question 2 of 5

  • By creating a BUZZ, while petals are thrown over you
  • You don't - you simply hide in a bush until it's time to go home
  • With your mates - doing a synchronized dance routine, naturally

Question 3 of 5

  • Elderflower Jam
  • Butter
  • Honey! Obviously!

Question 4 of 5

  • Anything played on the harmonica
  • Me, Myself, and I - BEEyonce
  • With a Little Help from My Friends - The BEEatles

Question 5 of 5

  • Frantically buzz around the office looking for an available room.
  • Keep calm and buzz on, another of your fellow bees will show up and waggle you to an open room, however you’ll be late for your meeting.
  • You’re unstoppable – you fly over to Smart Workspaces Digital Signage and simply reserve the nearest available room

You are a HONEY BEE!

The Honey Bee is a true team player! They are social, always on a mission and enjoy living in big families. They are prepared to go the extra mile (literally flying 3 miles or more) for food. Whilst they don’t sting unless threatened, should they decide to sting it will cost them their life!

This would be the bee looking for a busy workspace with lots of people to connect with over a cup of “honey”.

You are a BUMBLEBEE!

The lovable fluffy Bumblebee is rather clumsy! They don’t like large groups and prefer to live in smaller families. The male bumblebee has facial hair, often likened to a moustache. If you get too close to one, they will do a “high five” signal and wave a back leg as a warning. Watch out when they do this as they are said to have smelly feet!

This would be the bee sticking to its own team when in the office.

You are a LEAF CUTTER BEE!

The passive Leaf Cutter Bee is truly Zen! They like to live a solitary life and rarely sting. They are happiest cutting out circular sections from leaves and roses. Renowned for being notoriously messy when foraging for food, as they get covered in pollen.

This would be the bee looking for a quiet workspace where they can get things done without being disturbed.

You are a WOOL CARDER BEE!

The Wool Carder Bee is a bossy boots! You could almost call them the “Gucci” bee, as they are shiny and slick. Females comb wool fibres from plants to use as nesting material, while males fiercely guard areas of these plants for potential mates. They like to live a solitary life and are incredibly territorial.

This would be the bee preferring to work from home. However, should they venture into the office they would seek an isolated space and hang a “do not disturb sign” on the door.

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Cisco BEEVIVE Partnership

Seeing how much we can learn from bees and of course their crucial role in the natural world, it is critical that we do our part to preserve the gifts of nature and return the favour. For this reason, we partnered with BEEVIVE (Bee-rilliant, passionate company based in the UK) to raise awareness about the importance of bee survival and give as many of us as possible the opportunity to save a tired bee in need.

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How to use your Bee Revival Kit

During a walk an exhausted bee was discovered. Unequipped, without any flowers nearby, we carefully picked up our new friend and started to search for sugar and water. We found a café keen to help and mixed a sugar water solution onto a spoon. After a few sips our new companion had enough energy to BUZZ away! The bee revival keyring provides an emergency solution to REVIVE an exhausted bee so it can continue its mission pollinating planet Earth.

Click on the link below to view a short video on how to use your revival kit.

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Bee Hospitality!

Our partnership with Beevive recently expanded to building and donating bee hotels. The goal is to give as many of us the opportunity to provide a comfy and safe home for solitary bees to rest, build nests and lay eggs in the tunnels. The bee hotels were designed by an architect who had durability and sustainaBEElity in mind! The structure is water resistant and the nesting tubes can be replaced every nesting season, if need be.

DIY: Join us February 6- 9, 2023 at Cisco Live Amsterdam in the SustainaBEElity Zone and help us build a bee hotel to create a space for our solitary bees to shelter! All bee hotels will be donated to our local NGO wellBEEing.org. Numbers are limited so we encourage you to register in advance to avoid disappointment!

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Cisco Bee Initiatives

Cisco is committed to globally raising awareness of the plight of the bee and its health. Here are just a few of the buzzing initiatives happening around the world.