Hybrid working continues to grow in popularity in the wake of the global pandemic. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that 41 per cent of people with a job worked from home at least once per week in February 2021, compared with 24 per cent at least once per week before March 2020.
The rapid uptake of remote working has led to more organisations assessing what is needed to create a highly productive workforce that can be based anywhere.
One of the essential points that needs to be addressed is providing the right equipment. The NSW Productivity and Innovation Council identified the key technology-based barriers to productive remote work as difficulty collaborating remotely, issues with or lack of equipment, connectivity, low-quality software and systems, and security.
This means that suitable IT solutions are key to ensuring productivity in a remote working environment. Therefore, organisations need to invest in solutions that provide employees with the right systems, features, and software to facilitate seamless remote collaboration and flexible work, which will maximise the return on investment.
However, purchasing the device is only the first step. The right device should have user-friendly capabilities such as: long battery life; soft-touch buttons and touch screens; high-speed crash and recovery, and bug reporting; the ability to run multiple applications side-by-side; and the mobility and collaborative benefits of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Enterprise.
The Microsoft Surface is an example of a user-friendly mobile device that can help workers maintain high productivity levels when working from anywhere. It contains modern features that directly respond to the needs of remote workers, including a reliable battery, quick login capabilities, remote security features, and consistently strong wireless connection for online access and remote collaboration.
Microsoft Surface devices can help make remote working feel the same as a structured office setting that is heavily supported with high-grade corporate IT infrastructure. Security is front of mind for these devices, with zero trust protection that can effectively prevent malware, phishing and data exfiltration attacks.
Blue Connections works with organisations to help provision their workforces with the right devices to maintain productivity even in an increasingly remote work culture.
To learn more about Microsoft’s Surface portfolio and how Blue Connections can help your organisation meet its remote working objectives, download our whitepaper or contact the team today.