Productivity and job satisfaction are inextricably linked. As the workplace continues to evolve, organisations are under greater pressure than ever to provide users with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. Employees, contractors, partners and, at times, even customers need to be able to collaborate and communicate from any location using any device.
Research shows that today’s workers are looking for more flexibility in how they do their jobs and where they work. Nearly 70% of workers surveyed expect to work remotely instead of commuting to an office every day, and 63% expect that the standard eight-hour workday will become a relic of the past.1
The good news is that this flexibility—if companies can deliver it—leads to happier and more productive employees. Workers with flexible work options say they have more control over their schedules, feel more supported by their bosses, have greater job satisfaction, experience less burnout and report decreases in stress and psychological distress.2 The same study revealed that work flexibility has become the single most important factor when selecting a job, cited by 80% of the respondents.3
Leveraging PC lifecycle management
Technology has become the critical tool in enabling companies to provide this type of flexibility. Workers can leverage their PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones to be more productive, collaborative, informed and effective from the road, at home and in their offices.
The question for IT and business leaders is how to get there from here: What tools do workers need to be happy and productive without placing an unreasonable burden on their IT teams? The answer for many companies is PC lifecycle management from Dell EMC.
Dell EMC PC lifecycle management incorporates a methodology that treats PC acquisition, usage and retirement as an integral part of IT and business operations, helping organisations reduce vendor relationship complexity, cover worldwide needs, scale IT bandwidth on demand and deploy end-to-end solutions.
With PC lifecycle management, users feel empowered because they are using the latest technology to be more productive, collaborative and secure. They also feel more supported by the company and satisfied that the company is going out of its way to invest in them and their future.
Covering all types of workers
An additional benefit of Dell EMC PC lifecycle management is that it enables organisations to deploy endpoint solutions that are suited to the needs of different workers. Dell EMC helps customers by working with them to understand their workforce and the particular challenges and opportunities of each type of worker. For example, Dell EMC has identified five types of key employee types or personas:
- The Desk-centric Worker, who works at their own desk in the office more than 50% of the time.
- The Corridor Worker, who works away from their desk more than 50% of the time, going from meeting to meeting or working from multiple locations.
- The Remote Worker, who works full time but is away from company buildings working at home or from another location.
- The On-the-Go Pro, who works away from the office more than 50% of the time, traveling and going to off-site meetings.
- The Specialised Worker, who operates in mission-critical or high-pressure environments, in rugged locations or in extremes of heat, dust or moisture.
The advantage of using Dell EMC solutions for PC lifecycle management is that each of these user types can be supported securely with the technology that is appropriate to their job function and work preferences. This leads to greater productivity and job satisfaction for the workers, simplifies deployments and maintenance for IT teams, and makes the company a more attractive place to work. It also makes it simpler for users and IT teams to be trained on the appropriate technologies, again leading to increases in productivity and reductions in downtime.
Competition for the best workers is becoming more intense as technology provides individuals more flexibility in deciding where they want to work, how they want to work and what jobs they want to do. Those companies that do the best job of providing the right tools to their employees can gain competitive advantage and enjoy a reputation as modern, exciting places to work. Dell EMC PC lifecycle management has become an effective tool for companies all around the world in making their workplaces more attractive and their employees happier and more productive.
1 “63% of Workers Think the 8-Hour Workday Will Vanish,” Money, June 22, 2016
2 “Workplace Flexibility’s Win-Win Streak,” MIT Sloane School of Management, Sept. 4, 2016