The post-pandemic office: are you ready to return?

Liam O'Sullivan, September 8, 2021

As our imminent return to the office after Covid looms, now is the ideal time to review and rethink how we work and come up with a smarter approach to office-based roles for the long term. 

Following on from our recent look at what we can expect from the newly evolved, post-pandemic workplace, it’s time to take a closer look at the tech which will underpin a safe and successful return to the office. 

 

  1. Contactless technology - smart tech that avoids using shared surfaces

    The latest Xerox ConnectKey® Technology includes a smart workplace assistant interface that doesn’t just copy, scan, fax, or print, but also translates, shares, and creates electronic documents with just a few easy taps on the screen. Best of all - it can be operated on an employee or visitor’s own device - so no shared surfaces.

    Similarly, Digital Sign In is a contactless way for employees and visitors to log in to the office using a personal device. This tech not only reduces the risk of cross-contamination, but also provides a practical solution to track and trace and gives a great first impression of your business to visitors. 



  2. Flexible working - secure, work from anywhere capabilities 

    Of course, when staff are working remotely, greater vigilance and security measures are required. Being able to push out security and software updates is an absolute necessity to retain the integrity of your data and infrastructure. 

    As you welcome staff back to the office, devices such as laptops and tablets pose a risk when plugging back into the network, so it is key to set up an area on the network to run a “car wash” scan of devices to ensure that compliance standards, and antivirus scans are sorted.



  3. Workflow Automation - for more streamlined, productive working

    Being tied to paper-based processes has proved problematic for remote working. Digitisation of workstreams such as in or outbound mail, accounts payable and other everyday processes helps modern companies build in resilience, increase efficiency and improve accuracy, whilst also boosting productivity.



  4. Visibility and monitoring - tools to keep you and your customers on track

    Digitisation creates opportunities for greater visibility across key operations for internal reporting and customer portal access. It means you can spend less time managing issues and more time making smart decisions based on real time views of your business. It also provides customers with a better user experience. 

Being tied to paper-based processes has proved problematic for remote working. Digitisation of workstreams such as in or outbound mail, accounts payable and other everyday processes helps modern companies build in resilience, increase efficiency and improve accuracy, whilst also boosting productivity.

 

The past 18 months have proven that investing in flexible systems and infrastructure to enable connectivity and process is key. Working with an experienced tech partner with a wide range of solutions can help keep everything on track, for a more flexible business that can thrive well into the future.

 

Talk to the ITEC team today to find out how we can enhance your work practices for a safe, confident and future-proofed return to office life. 

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