Working Towards the Next Normal with Managed Services

Managed Services, especially hardware rentals and IT support, will help your company remain flexible and adaptable, no matter the work environment.

Hello hybrid

Before 2020, many of us always assumed remote work to be a productivity killer, but it turns out we’re all a lot more adaptable than we thought – especially if it involves ditching soul-destroying rush hour traffic jams and air-con wars with colleagues for the sanctity of individual work spaces only a few steps away from our bedrooms.

Despite an increase in personal comfort with WFH (work from home), there’s a lot to be said for the importance of face-to-face social interaction and networking at the office to share ideas and collaborate, not to mention avoid suffering from digital exhaustion.

According to Microsoft’s 2021 Work Trend Index: Annual Report, while over 70% of their 30 000 respondents from across the globe would like these flexible remote work options to stay, there is also a strong demand from 65% of respondents to bring back in-person contact and communication with colleagues.

Thanks to advancements in technology and a year spent working remotely, we now know it’s possible to have our cake and eat it too. In the not-too-distant future, this utopia will be called hybrid work.

Keep your options open

The ideal hybrid work environment is one that gives employees the tools to work where and when they choose – and having or maintaining access their to cloud email, productivity apps and the latest tech are all good places to start.

That said, IT is expensive. Worse still, hardware and software also come with expiration dates. As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, trying to keep up with these necessary improvements will absolutely take its toll on your budget. It will be even more taxing to factor in outfitting staff for WFH as well as the office – and to be successful in a hybrid work environment, it’ll be necessary to do both.

This is where Managed Services makes the most sense. Not only does it allow you to rent exactly what you need, when you need it, but you’re also able to budget for a fixed amount in a set term without having to worry about any costly surprise upgrades or equipment replacements throwing a spanner in the works.

A rental solution is also scalable and flexible, allowing you to add more devices as and when needed with minimal downtime.

Ensuring everyone has access to the latest hardware and software will also aid in protecting your company from the threat of hackers and cybercrime as the latest protocols will always be in place.

By renting your hardware and returning it after your rental period, you’ll also be saving yourself from having to deal with storerooms full of obsolete tech and the pressure to dispose of it properly. This approach is also a lot more environmentally friendly, as the tech you return will either be rented again – allowing another company to avoid having to buy hardware of their own and create more waste – or correctly recycled without you having to break a sweat. It’s a win for us all.

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