Building a modern workspace: Are you ready for hybrid work?
Master the art of true collaboration from anywhere
Since the remote work revolution of 2020, organizations the world over have had varying degrees of success with it. They had previously perfected in-office work and found themselves no longer working in the environment they knew. Two years later, most businesses are beginning to think, “We got this.” But there’s a new challenge on the horizon. Hybrid work might appear to be half as difficult as a fully remote model, but it’s a completely different undertaking altogether. Here’s why:
- 57% of employees expect to be in the office 10 days or less each month
- 98% of future meetings will include remote participants
- Only 8% of remote employees are willing to return full-time to work after the pandemic
Existing meeting room technology won’t be enough to maintain a meaningful connection between those in the office and those outside.
The ideal hybrid office scenario
Three people are at the office, three reporting remotely – one cohesive meeting where everyone is heard and able to contribute. No downtime trying to figure out the technology, just a single push of a button that gathers everyone around. Voice and video are transmitted clearly and in real-time, and asking attendees to repeat themselves is a thing of the past. But let’s face it, few offices are set up to accommodate this ideal scenario. Even fewer fully understand the driving ideology behind a true modern workspace.
Laying the groundwork for a hybrid environment
Modern workspace might be a fascinating idea to many but going from concept to a working model requires a set of very real conditions to thrive. It’s the infrastructure that enables it all. While WFH effectively crowdsourced bandwidth requirements to individual workers, hybrid work, on the other hand, needs a network capable of transmitting the large amounts of audiovisual data that virtual meetings require. Oftentimes, there are multiple meetings taking place on the same network simultaneously.
Wireless or wired, the network has to be sophisticated enough to keep your team connected, with each staff member using multiple devices to do their work. Lastly, security is a non-negotiable element of a hybrid work model. More connections mean a higher risk potential and more endpoints to secure.
Tools you need for your modern workspace
With your workforce split between the office and elsewhere, you need to consider a handful of elements to make their hybrid environment work. Are your staff’s personal devices powerful enough for real-time virtual meetings? Are they set up with intuitive video conferencing endpoints that work? Do your employees have an online platform that allows them to communicate and work with the rest of the organization?
Collaboration is a tricky business – and Compugen experts have got it down to a science. Speak to us about how you can ensure equal participation among your team regardless of their location.
Support for your hybrid workforce
As your staff find more and more places to work from, you end up managing an increasingly dispersed workforce – in some cases, all across the continent. This can complicate matters in terms of offering them the support they need to perform at a high level. Few organizations have an IT team that can deliver instantaneous, high-touch support that people, in general, are getting accustomed to.
Compugen’s catalogue of technical services provides your employees with an exceptional experience that resolves issues and minimizes disruptions, from network problems to user access management to device replacement. With a strong nationwide support network, all of our service delivery locations are within 1 hour of 93% of Canadians, helping you ensure that the technology is working for your staff wherever they may be.
How hybrid work is changing business
Beyond four walls: Internet access for students and the wider community
By upgrading their network infrastructure in response to the shutdown, the Parkland School Division provided its students with a crucial network lifeline that enabled them to continue their studies through a challenging time, while giving the surrounding community Internet access as remote work ramped up.
Custom remote learning solutions facilitates student success
By equipping their students with new devices and training their teachers in online education delivery, the Toronto Catholic District School Board saved the academic year for their 91,000 students. Transitioning to online learning would ordinarily take a year or more but was accomplished in less than three weeks.
Compugen's experts weigh in
Work from Anywhere, Engage Everywhere
Now that we’re out of crisis mode and we’ve all adapted to this new normal, we can reflect on the many changes the pandemic has brought. While some of the changes were initially difficult to implement, many have been worthwhile, and we should look to embrace them for the long term. Applying lessons learned to make working remotely easier and more dynamic, while still feeling connected and part of a team.
Device management is a tricky proposition in a work-from-anywhere world. Are you prepared?
The days of being required to work out of the corporate offices are gone. This then begs the question – how does an organization provision, image, deploy, and support devices in an environment where walking up to the office tech-bar, or calling a technician for desk-side support may not be an option any longer.
How can we help you take the next step in your hybrid work journey?
Modern Workspace is an undertaking for organizations of all sizes. There are a lot of moving parts and they all need to work together to support your business. Get in touch to find out how we can help accelerate your journey.
Modern Workspace Assessment
Find out if your environment is equipped with the right tools, software and infrastructure to provide a seamless modern workspace for your staff. Compugen's experts will allow you to gain an understanding of potential roadblocks and help you prioritize the next steps with a tailored roadmap.
Digital Workspace Solution Design
The first step to delivering a seamless virtual desktop experience to your staff, wherever they are, is the design. Compugen has a proven methodology to plan and design the implementation of a VDI-based infrastructure - whether it's on-prem or in the cloud.
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