Over the last two years, a global pandemic has reshaped pretty much everything about the way we live our lives. We’ve been forced to reconsider all of it – where we go, who we see, and how we carry ourselves on a daily basis. So it stands to reason that we would also significantly rethink the ways we approach workplace modernization. And it’s starting to look like these changes are long-term solutions rather than quick fixes.
Perhaps when COVID-19 began, corporate leaders viewed remote work as a temporary measure to get through a few weeks of lockdowns. But as we move from 2021 into 2022, it’s been nearly two years, and the truth has taken hold: People like working remotely. Employees and their bosses agree – it helps them stay productive and live lives that are truly flexible. They can work from anywhere, and at any time.
As “working from anywhere” becomes the norm, companies will have to adjust accordingly where IT is concerned. Managing a remote workforce requires giving people technology that fits their busy lives. According to our research, 90% of IT decision-makers believe that guaranteeing employee access to digital tools is the employer’s job.
So what tools do you need to give your people? What capabilities do they need to have? Let’s discuss a few of them…
- Powerful performance. The No. 1 thing employees need to get through the work day is devices that perform at a high level. This means fast application performance. Easier web browsing. Higher levels of productivity across the board. If they can get work done efficiently, that’s the foundation for everything.
- Robust security. Securing your users is harder than ever. In the old days, everyone was in one location, on one network; now, they’re distributed all over the planet, and your business needs to be protected at every single endpoint. Having devices with security built in is a start.
- Great video collaboration. Meetings used to happen in meeting rooms, but that’s not so much the case anymore. Collaboration these days often happens via video chat, and that means you need devices with built-in video cameras that will deliver clean, clear picture, every time.
- High-quality audio. Video alone won’t cut it – your sound needs to be on point as well. You need microphones that will pick up your voice and only your voice, eliminating any distracting background noise. If you can see everyone and hear everyone on your remote teams, you can get things done together.
- Long-lasting battery life. Maybe in an office setting, you’re at a desk with a device that’s plugged in at all times, but when you’re living that remote life, there are no guarantees. You might be at home, at a coffee shop, or on the go. Power isn’t always available. You need devices that are built to last.
- Easy remote manageability. Even if you’re not on-site anymore, it’s still important to have an IT team that can monitor your technology use and address any difficulties that arise. This is a little trickier when remote, but if you have devices with remote management functionalities built in, it can be done.
Giving your remote employees the technology they need isn’t easy – but Dell Technologies and Zones are here to help. Our solution is centered around Dell Technologies laptops, Intel vPro processors, and Zones services. With this winning combination at their fingertips, your people will be well positioned to succeed in a post-pandemic, remote first world.
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