The work environment has changed dramatically over the years and today employees are expected to be available to tend to urgent work even after they have left the office premises. Surely a work-life balance is necessary, but organizations today are thinking out of the box and have introduced the concept of integrated work environment. This essentially implies that employees don’t need to differentiate between being physically present in the office and being at home. Irrespective of where they are, employees can be seamlessly connected to their work in an integrated work environment. This also gives them the freedom to choose their work timings and the luxury to work from home more often. When the lines between office and home are blurred, it creates a win-win for both employees and the organization.
To implement an integrated work environment, organizations will need to provide the latest electronic gadgets to their employees. Let’s take a look at some essential gadgets and gizmos that are a must for an integrated work environment.
Laptop: This is the foremost equipment that is needed for an integrated work environment. With a laptop, employees can be in touch at all times, irrespective of their actual location. Conference calls, virtual meetings, presentations and lots more stuff can be handled via a laptop.
Business smartphone: These devices are being preferred nowadays, as they have become almost as powerful as a laptop/PC. Most of the things that can be done on a laptop/PC can be done on a business smartphone. Things like emails, presentations, word docs, excel sheets, meetings, etc. can be easily handled with a business smartphone. Business smartphones also have access to various work related apps that can help boost employee productivity.
VR headset: When there’s a need to be more attentive, for example, an important client meeting, a VR headset can be used to virtually participate in that meeting. A VR headset will give a more realistic feel of the situation and allow employees to be more attentive.
UPS: Power is never a problem at the office, as it has its generators to take care of any electricity cuts. However, work could come to a standstill at home if there is no electricity. There are homes that have generator backup, but the majority doesn’t have that facility. An UPS with 3-4 hour power backup for various gadgets is a must for achieving an integrated work environment.
These gadgets will help achieve an integrated work environment, which in turn will boost productivity of employees. Some of these gadgets are also a matter of pride, which will work as morale booster for employees.