Enterprises have started contemplating their own version of the post pandemic workplace. The future choices of organizations when it comes to IT infrastructures will vary, depending on the unique circumstances and limitations of each enterprise.
However, this is a very crucial transition phase in which organizations will be re-defining various modalities about the new workplace. The foremost issue at hand would be to decide on the extent of the work and employees returning to the physical workplace.
Many surveys conducted during the pandemic pointed out a clear inclination towards remote work environments. Aided by solutions such as Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops, the productivity levels of remote employees remained either the same or even better.
In addition to that, remote employees enjoyed more indirect benefits such as spending less time and money on commuting to the workplace. Similarly, another great benefit of remote work was the ability to spend more time with one’s family and loved ones.
Employers also did not miss out on the benefits of remotely working employees in any way. Enterprises were able to surrender costly workspaces and also attain huge savings in terms of other administrative overheads related to having a physical workplace.
The Post Pandemic Digital Divide
Now that we are yet again transitioning towards the “new normal”, it does have the potential of creating a new digital divide among employees. This would be much more pronounced if an organization opts for a hybrid workforce model.
In the hybrid workforce model, some employees would continue working from home, while others would make their way back to the office. Here are a few means that your organization can adopt to mitigate the impact of such a “digital divide”.
Single Productivity Platform
This is the most critical component of bridging any imminent digital divide in the “new normal”. You need to have a single platform / productivity environment, regardless of whether employees access it via their homes, the workplace or somewhere else.
Uniform Collaboration Tools
In the hybrid workforce model, your employees would be working both outside the workplace and from within it. They will still need to collaborate on various tasks and projects. It is imperative that the platform they use for collaboration is the same.
Ensure Equal Participation
Unlike the completely remote work model, where everyone got equal visibility, things could change when some employees are at the workplace, while others work remotely. You still need to ensure equal participation of all employees, no matter where they may be working.
Leveraging Cloud Technologies
The Cloud presents tremendous potential for setting up and retaining a productive as well as inclusive work environment going forward. Take the example of dinWorkspaces, a complete Cloud Hosted Desktop solution by Cloud Service Provider (CSP) dinCloud.
It gives your employees seamless access to enterprise data and productivity tools, whether they are accessing it from the workplace, their home or any other location with internet. Solutions such as dinWorkspace result in a Work from Anywhere (WFX) environment.
BYOD and Multi-Device Access
Employees have now gotten used to BYOD practices and would prefer things to remain as such. Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktop solutions such as dinHVD truly support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and multi device access capabilities.
In the transition towards a “new normal”, the Cloud will continue to remain the most attractive, viable and cost efficient proposition. Cloud powered solutions will result in a productive and inclusive work environment, wherever it may be.