As confidence and certainty of our return to office increases, measures must be put in place to ensure the safety of employees, a seamless hybrid working environment, as well as maintaining high levels of security across the network. Technology has quickly evolved over the last year and a half; we are working tirelessly to develop advanced solutions and collaborative infrastructures.

Safe Collaboration

Although some level of collaboration has been made possible through communication platforms and digital workspaces, nothing compares to in-person, face-to-face brainstorms. Measures and booking systems must be put in place to ensure employees feel safe and protected against the dangers of COVID-19. You might consider hotdesking a thing of past, but through consistent and thorough bookings of tables and meeting rooms, smart offices are developed, allowing time between slots to wipe down and sanitise areas. Combining this with a roadmap of technological advancements in occupancy tracking, safety levels at your organisation can be streamlined with the help of CDW.

Social Distancing & Occupancy Tracking

Although there is plenty to do in mitigating the risk of COVID-19, maintaining a safe distance is one of the simplest, but technology can help make life easier. Every office, store, classroom, healthcare facility or any other space has different needs that require specific, targeted solutions. No matter your organisation, limiting attendance in a building or area through technology can automate the process of occupancy tracking, improving accuracy and reducing workload on your employees. Through multi-faceted solution building, CDW helps keep everyone safe and distanced. Using this data, real-time digital signage can indicate when it is safe to enter the building or area, remaining below the maximum limit. 

Security

With the rapid evolution in work environments, ensuring secure remote access has been a topic of debate. With varying requirements and difficulties, conversations on compliance, tool efficacy, technology roadmaps, automation and awareness campaigns must be had to establish your business needs. Comprehensive assessments can provide a holistic view and identify where organisations need to prioritise your security investments to mitigate vulnerabilities, maturing your cybersecurity solutions.

Application Delivery

Whether you’re supporting remote work capabilities or optimising office experiences for returning employees, the thought and strategy behind your application ecosystem has never been more crucial. With the right applications, your employees are empowered to work productively through virtual desktops, communication software and collaboration both virtually and in-house. But this is only the beginning. Ensuring that these employees are in a secure environment and can get these programmes easily is a challenge that every organisation will face as we return to offices. Whether on premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid working model, CDW makes building and delivering applications to your end users manageable and cost efficient.

Networking

As your employees move towards office working, initially this is likely to be at a reduced capacity, and over the course of the pandemic your end users have become familiar with video collaboration. As this reduced capacity working model is likely to result in people not always being physically present at the same time the likelihood is that video conferencing demand will increase, this will inevitably have an impact on the networking, potentially resulting in a poor end user experience for those in the office, compared to those still working remotely. CDW can help identify if this may an issue with a simple networking assessment, and help you plan for the increased demand on networking resource before they impact your end users.

Thermal Screening

With regular updates from the government, organisations and schools are planning to reopen when safely possible, keeping in mind the health of employees and pupils. Through camera solutions that specifically monitor temperatures, people can be quickly scanned and flagged if surface temperatures are elevated, allowing for targeted tests to be conducted. While not precise enough to diagnose reliably, it increases screening throughput and reduces close contact for personnel compared to manual thermometers checks.

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