Trends for the modern workplace in 2022 and beyond

Trends for the modern workplace in 2022 and beyond

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1. Supporting productivity while balancing employee well-being

The blurring of the lines between work and home has meant that organisations must take a deeper interest in their employees’ well-being.  Employees need to balance their work with their personal lives to avoid unnecessarily lengthening their workdays or burning out due to being unable to switch off.

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1. Supporting productivity while balancing employee well-being

With business leaders expecting that at least half of their workforce will remain in remote or hybrid work status, employers that can provide the right tools and culture to balance productivity and well-being will be in demand.

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2. Matching younger workers’ technology expectations

Workers increasingly expect the technology they use at work to provide a consumer-like experience. As the workforce skews younger, workers have less tolerance for clunky, unattractive devices or software. However, many organisations are aware that their current technology falls short. Forrester found that less than 

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2. Matching younger workers’ technology expectations

one-third of organisations felt their current devices allowed employees to be highly mobile and flexible, and 30 per cent strongly agreed that their current devices were best-in-class for hybrid work. Unsurprisingly, this has led to more than 75 per cent of decision-makers responsible for employee equipment planning to increase 

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2. Matching younger workers’ technology expectations

investments in PCs or laptops in the next couple of years.

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3. Unlocking the value of data through modern workplace tools

Data has long been referred to as the oil that keeps companies operating. Organisations increasingly depend on data for improved decision-making and increased velocity. Therefore, a modern workplace environment should inherently provide more tools so users can easily access the data and analytics to make informed decisions faster.

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3. Unlocking the value of data through modern workplace tools

With this in mind, frontline workers are excited about the job opportunities that technology creates, with 63 per cent believing it can help significantly with tasks like team scheduling, onboarding new teammates, automating repetitive tasks, and managing appointments.

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4. Increasing the focus on IT security

With more people accessing sensitive company data and systems remotely, IT security continues to increase in importance.  According to the Forrester report, “As companies invest more in improving their device fleets with more modern devices, the responsibility to secure and manage device fleets becomes easier and more streamlined.”

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5. Combining devices and software to deliver a more streamlined user experience

It’s important to align the evolution of hardware and software to give end-users the best and most streamlined experience.  Choosing devices that can support the latest and most advanced software features helps users leverage the full potential of the modern workplace solution.

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5. Combining devices and software to deliver a more streamlined user experience

Selecting an integrated solution from a single provider, such as Microsoft, ensures that the hardware and software complement each other and let users be productive without technology challenges.

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6. Managing the cultural and technology shift to remote working remains essential

Managing the cultural change and the shift to new technology, including remote and hybrid working models, is crucial and will be a critical element for organisational success. Staff members must be equipped to work productively with tools and systems that they understand and can use easily. Managing the cultural shift can be challenging, in which case 

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6. Managing the cultural and technology shift to remote working remains essential

organisations could work with a partner that specialises in modern workplace implementation and training to ease the transition for employees. Understanding the need to move to a modern workplace is step one. Organisations then need to understand how they want to approach the move away from legacy systems.

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6. Managing the cultural and technology shift to remote working remains essential

Most migrations occur in a staged approach with clear plans, timelines, and goals. It’s essential to de-risk the transition and prevent any disruption to trade.

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