Mobility and flexible working environments have created a new kind of employee. Although this transition started happening before the pandemic, it has only sped up this process even more.
Organizations have had the past year to realize what is needed to help remote collaboration, communication preferences, and true mobility. Therefore, we have put together a few examples of what this new generation of works may expect within their workplaces moving forward.
1. Technology to streamline
Markets are adapting and finding new ways to function since the pandemic. Technology helps to free up workers to take care of higher-level tasks and allows them to limit physical interaction.
Technology like virtual meetings and augmented reality for training or remote assistance offer new levels of contact amongst employees working online. At a time when it’s hard to come together face-to-face, these technologies can be very beneficial.
All of these technologies rely on cabling to make sure they are connected to the networks and provide seamless connectivity so that employees can enjoy the experience of being connected even in remote locations.2. Being connected outside of email
More than ever companies are now using networking tools like Skype and Teams to stay connected during daily interactions. Also, videoconferences are now taking place on platforms like Zoom and GlobalMeet every day.
These types of applications are used on wireless devices. Without reliable wired infrastructures such as copper and fiber cabling, these devices would not be able to connect to a network. Cable infrastructure plays a critical role in wireless networks. In order not to suffer downtime and potential lost revenue, cabling and connectivity need to be sufficient and designed to meet the needs of all devices and people connected to the network.3. Monitoring from anywhere
When people are going into the office less and interacting less onsite, they need to be able to monitor certain aspects of their job, tasks, and processes remotely. This is still relevant even a year later as social distancing protocols are enforced and building occupancies limits are still being monitored.
Even in environments like healthcare, providers may look for ways to monitor patients and their vitals without having close contact with them multiple times a day.
Remote monitoring is possible through reliable cabling and connectivity that transport large amounts of data in real-time from sensors to devices to central systems where they can be accessed by the cloud.4. Opening seating in the office
Over the next few years, it will be less important for people to have a permanent space and more important to be able to determine where to sit when they choose to come into the office. Employees may desire the ability to book an office, desk, or cubicle before they arrive onsite. This will help to control capacity but also reduce points of interaction while social distancing measures are still in place.
As individuals begin to return to work, others will continue to work remotely, and technology will be needed to support this new mix of employees. Communication tools will be expected to provide connections between in-office and remote employees without delay or disruptions.
High-performance cabling infrastructures using fiber and Category 6A cabling will support the data rates, enhanced capacity, and increased bandwidth.
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