New work - new technology

New working world thanks to technical progress

New Work is no longer a buzzword, but lived reality.Flexible, location-independent working is part of everyday life and challenges companies in many ways. One factor that needs to be taken into account is technology. 

Oct 28 2020

Working "on remote" 

"Remote Work" is an unstoppable trend. Remote working has gained in importance in the wake of recent events. Digital solutions and modern communication tools help project teams in companies today to simplify work processes and relieve team members of routine tasks.

In addition to video conferencing via zoom or Microsoft teams, technology companies are working flat out on new solutions that make everyday work easier and improve "remote working". The efficiency of work processes is always directly related to employee satisfaction.  

As part of their holistic strategic approach, companies such as T-Systems have designed solutions that combine a modern working environment with new technologies. One example of this is the employee app Coyo. Using this mobile app, official messages can be distributed company-wide, team collaboration improved, knowledge management promoted or direct messaging between colleagues in real time bundled on one platform.

The direct exchange via app is fast, efficient and more personal than via e-mail despite distance. The information and news are distributed ad hoc via push message to mobile and private end devices using the corresponding employee app. Another example is Zero Trust.

When the workplace is "relocated" to one's own four walls overnight, business requirements change suddenly: Employees must be guaranteed quick and uncomplicated access to company applications from their home office. The secure Remote Access Zero Trust makes this possible without having to purchase additional hardware, set up a VPN connection or increase the Internet bandwidth.

#Employeefirst: #A social intranet can be the central component of the digital workplace, but it must be oriented towards the needs of its employees. This is the approach of the employee app Coyo. © Coyo

The rebirth of the Phablet 

Smartphones are our constant companions through everyday life. We often use them for private and professional purposes at the same time. Quickly making a video call in the car in the car park or sending a work e-mail from the supermarket: The latest technology makes it possible. But when a smartphone has to take over more and more work functions, the small mobile phone display or a missing, haptic keyboard sometimes becomes a disadvantage.

Samsung has responded to the new demands of modern working by launching the Galaxy Z Fold 2, a foldable smartphone. With a large fold-out display on the inside and a virtually borderless screen when folded, the new tool fulfils the functions of a "Phone + Tablet" and makes working on the move much easier. 

But phablets are not new. The term was coined by the manufacturer Rim with its Blackberry brand, among others. Blackberry smartphones, which are still marketed today with a real keyboard, were long said to be dead for various reasons.

A new licensee, Onward Mobility, wants to change this with a product relaunch 2021: The new smartphone from Blackberry will not only feature a keyboard and 5G support - it will also have the highest security standards for which the device has been known in the working world since its launch in 1999.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 by Samsung is based on the design of the current Galaxy Note 20 series. On the inside, the user finds the large AMOLED display with 7.6 inch and a refresh rate of 120 hertz. On the outside, i.e. on the front in collapsed mode, is the 6.2 inch screen. © Samsung

Wirelessly happy - charging by induction 

We are dependent on it - the charging cable. On the way in the backpack, at work, next to the bed or under the couch, it is not uncommon to find entire charging stations that regularly connect our smartphones, tablets or laptops to a power source. Ikea has shown that this does not have to be the case: in 2015, the company launched a work lamp with a loading platform in its base.

A lot has changed since then. Furniture manufacturer New Tendency from Berlin, for example, offers its Masa desk system with inductive charging function, and furniture manufacturers such as Barks are launching Woodcharge stools and coffee tables including Wireless Charger.  

The basis is the induction principle, already known from many everyday situations. The induction module in the furniture becomes active as soon as a compatible device, such as a smartphone, is on the loading area. When the charging process is complete, both devices go into standby mode.

However, if a smartphone, tablet or wearable is not inherently capable of inductive charging, it can be retrofitted for wireless charging. Nor is it absolutely necessary to invest in a new desk: you can also "pimp" your old desk with Qi-Pads and thus convert it into a workstation including charging function. The necessary Qi modules are available from various manufacturers.

No more tangled cables and different plugs: The furniture manufacturer Barks produces furniture with integrated induction technology for wireless charging for smartphones, tablets and smart watches. © Barks furniture

Technical change as a driving force 

Digitisation, connectivity and globalisation as well as demographic change are among the causes of changes in the world of work. The question of how we want to deal with the new working reality is becoming increasingly important.

Developments in technology are one factor that is playing a massive role in shaping the working environment. Technical solutions promote the well-being of employees when working "remotely", and the latest standards in the field of smartphones, hardware and software sustainably promote the flexibility and mobility of project teams. A return to old working conditions is no longer an option.

Author: Bernadette Trepte

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