Overcoming the Challenges of Changing Workplace Culture, Expectations, and Place

With COVID waning across the globe, business leaders, managers and employees are entering a new era. Whether in-office, hybrid, or fully remote — the how, when, why and where of work — has fundamentally changed. Along with it, the workforce is awakening to a new reality: where you live no longer dictates where you work. For employers facing an increasingly tight labor market, meeting the needs of employees has taken on greater importance, while the cost savings from shedding unwanted office space has further accelerated the drive toward a reimagined workplace. 

This type of workplace transformation doesn’t take place overnight and requires answers to challenging questions of how to: 

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Return Safely

Returning to the office is more than social distancing and hand sanitizer. It’s reconfiguring our spaces for new work patterns, preferences, and technologies.

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Reconnect Seamlessly

The new hybrid workforce gives us the opportunity to reinvent how we interact and facilitate meaningful team engagement and collaboration.

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Renew Resiliently

Retooling and future-proofing our organizations through technology ensures we not only survive the next business disruption but thrive.

Learn more in the checklist for HR, Facilities, and IT professionals.

 

How HR Can Create Intentional Workforce and Workplace Experiences 

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HR departments are taking the lead on reimaging the workplace and creating environments that drive collaboration and innovation.

Return: Strategically protect the health and safety of employees while satisfying both company leaders and team members.

Reconnect: Create work environments and policies that foster collaboration and productivity within hybrid teams.

Renew: Establish forward-looking policies that enable flexibility and increase the ROI on attracting and retaining talent. 

 

Learn more in the checklist for HR.

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How Facilities Can Raise the Comfort and Technology Level of the Workplace

Provide peace-of-mind that your building is safe, healthy, and ready for occupation and the future. 

Return: From hot desks to contactless technology, reconfigure workspaces for safety and distance.

Reconnect: Build and reconfigure the infrastructure for anywhere, everywhere communications and collaboration. 

Renew: Optimize your infrastructure for the coming waves of wireless, security, networking, and smart building technologies.

 

Learn more in the checklist for Facilities.

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How IT Can Create, Integrate, and Redefine Workplace Communications

 

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Drive change through technology to reimagine how people work, interact, and communicate — no matter where they are.

Return: From the front door to the office area and beyond, technology is key to making the hybrid workplace work. 

Reconnect: Rethink the collaboration experience to ensure every team member, everywhere, is engaged, inspired, and contributing.

Renew: Optimize the promise of business resiliency with seamless, secure communications and operation from anywhere.

 

Learn more in the checklist for IT.

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The Reimagined Workplace Step-by-Step Checklist

The pandemic gave us the freedom to rethink the workplace in ways that were previously “ unthinkable.” Every HR, IT, and Facilities leader has the same high-level goals: Return, Reconnect, and Renew the workplace. The tactics and strategies you use will depend on your role. 

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7 Trends in Post-COVID AV Technology

How can you use AV technologies to shape the hybrid workplace? Take a look at these seven trends that will help you define your workplace transformation. 

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Start Your Journey Back to the Office

The traditional “9-to-5 work environment” is gone and in its place is a new work from anywhere ecosystem where workers flow fluidly between and within office spaces. So, how do you ensure your building is safe, healthy, and ready for occupation when teams do return? 

Your Hybrid Workspace in a Box

Gone are the days of boring cubicles. Whether you’re working from home, the office, or a coffee shop, the new Reimagined Workplace is wherever you are. Discover how you can make your new workplace fit in a box with engaging, secure collaboration and communication tools that make it as easy to connect with co-workers and clients from anywhere, at any time, on any device.

Customer Success Stories

Black Box works with clients around the globe to address the unique challenges of edge network transformation, including these impressive success stories.

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European Co-working Company Builds Business with Black Box

Providing luxurious, high-functioning office space with the latest IT and support is the foundation of a European co-working company’s business. When installation at their latest location went awry, Black Box jumped in to complete the job in just six weeks, becoming a trusted partner for future locations in Europe and the United States. Read the full case study.

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Municipality Adds Secure, Remote Access; Gains $1.1M In Productivity

During the lockdown, at a Northeast municipality employees couldn’t access files and applications remotely due to the absence of security features. Black Box provided a security platform that protected access to data for all users, devices, and applications. The result was a $1.1 million gain in productivity — plus millions saved by thwarting security breaches and ransomware attacks.

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Discover more about the latest in workplace technology and trends from our transformation experts. 

 

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Responding to the Security Challenges of Remote & Hybrid Work

 jun. 28, 2021   |    Black Box

How the Transition to Work-From-Home & Hybrid Work Has Impacted Enterprise IT

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the landscape of our workspaces has drastically changed. Along with this shift in where we work, business has experienced an increase of cybersecurity threats by more than 25%1. It is imperative for enterprises to not only adapt to these new challenges, but to find ways to capitalize on the flexibility of today’s hybrid workplace.

The challenges, as well as the solutions, of these pandemic-era issues are discussed in depth in our One Year Later webinar. View the full Webinar

The Challenges IT Organizations Face as in the Transition to Hybrid Work

Over the past year, the needs of organizations have dramatically shifted driving a renaissance in IT innovation and a search for business resiliency solutions. 
The results are numerous security challenges, shortages in IT resources, and networks that are stretched farther (and thinner) than ever before.

What was once a “nice to have” is now a “got to have”. As we transition back to the office, or not, companies are attempting to balance a worker’s health and safety in the office while balancing the need for new ways to maintain workflow with workers away from their desks and meeting rooms. This means that what used to be tools for productivity, such as video calling, instant messaging, and hardware/software technology for “hot desking,” are now integral features of the normal Digital Workplace. Consider this: about 60% of our webinar attendees said half of their workforce is going to remain remote or be hybrid.

 

How Businesses are Managing the Challenges to the Changing Workplace

Nowadays, it has become paramount to reimagine certain aspects of workflow and the traditional workspace in order to maintain productivity.
However, many IT professionals are finding it overwhelming to manage the array of networking and security tools that have arisen due to the pandemic; they need a way to operate without getting bogged down in alerts and alarms.

 

Today, as opposed to the beginning of the pandemic, businesses are confident they can develop the infrastructure necessary to stay secure and productive. To do so, IT professionals are evaluating VPNs, multi-factor authentication, SD-WAN, and more. But the challenges go beyond remote security. Now IT must determine how to integrate those tools and make them accessible and easy to use. By consolidating devices and tools, companies can save hours of work which can be much better spent driving enterprise forward.

What Businesses are Gaining from a Hybrid Approach

It’s no secret that employees and employers alike enjoy some aspects of the hybrid workspace. Employees save money on commuting; they get a few extra minutes of sleep; and athleisure has become the uniform of choice. However, employers have benefited as well. For example, the time employees have been saving on their commute, is time that goes back into their work. This equates to a 20-30% increase in workforce productivity and nearly $2 million annually which goes towards the bottom line.2

 

Even after our society has returned to normal, traditional workspaces are never going to be the same. The hybrid approach to work is here to stay. While some people may miss the bustle of the jam-packed office, many are seeing why the old office is a thing of the past.

Evolving from Traditional Healthcare Workflow to Secure, Productive Systems

In the healthcare industry especially, it is critical to be able to rapidly adapt to the changes in workspace necessitated by COVID-19. At the onset of the pandemic, hospitals had to find a way to balance the health of their administrative employees as well as the overwhelming load of COVID patients. They would have to turn to a hybrid approach to maintain the health of their employees and to focus on patient outcomes while maintaining HIPAA compliance.

 

By finding solutions that enable hospitals and healthcare providers to transition non-patient-facing personnel to hybrid workspaces, healthcare organizations reaped the benefits associated with hybrid workflow, all while keeping their employees safe and bolstering security. These solutions gave hospitals the breathing room needed to focus on improving patient outcomes in the midst of a global pandemic.

How Businesses are Turning Pandemic Crisis into Opportunity

At the start of the COVID pandemic, enterprises were forced to pivot suddenly in order to protect employees, while still servicing customers and exceeding expectations. Now, armed with the capabilities to conquer the challenges of remote work and absorb the initial shock of a year of turbulence, businesses are looking to grow and innovate. With the right tools, companies no longer seek to recover the costs of the outbreak, but grow to new levels of success and business resiliency.

 

More than a year removed from the initial shutdown following COVID’s global outbreak, enterprises have acclimated and capitalized on the “new normal.” Companies have revised their approach at every level of the organization to be more prepared for future disruptions. According to McKinsey, 80% of executives think their current business models are at risk to be disrupted in the near future and an additional 84% of executives say that innovation is important to their growth strategy.3 Their new focus is building processes that support flexibility and resources, and ensure not just business continuity but business resilience to thrive when facing the challenges of tomorrow.

Embracing the Challenges of Remote Work Expert Panel

The COVID pandemic has disrupted the foundations of traditional workspaces and workflow in ways previously unimaginable. Along with new risks to the health of employees, businesses had to combat emerging security threats at an unprecedented rate. These circumstances necessitated a shift to a simple, secure network which gave companies the flexibility to not only respond to change, but to thrive in it.

To help you adapt and capitalize on an ever-changing landscape of technology challenges and solutions, watch our full One Year Later webinar: https://go.bboxservices.com/SRW-1_Library. For more information, call us at 855-324-9909, or email us at contact@blackbox.com.

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1.https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/security-outcomes-study.html
2.https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Industries/Capital%20Projects%20and%20Infrastructure/Our%20Insights/The%20next%20normal%20in%20construction/The-next-normal-in-construction.pdf
3.https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/how-we-help-clients

Why Black Box?

Black Box is a trusted IT solutions provider delivering cutting-edge technology solutions and world-class consulting services to business around the globe. For more than 45 years, we have helped clients reimagine their workplaces with technologies from all leading manufacturers so you get the best solution for your application. We can help your hybrid workforce return to the office, reconnect and collaborate seamlessly, and help you renew your network to build future-proof business resiliency.

The breadth of our global reach and depth of our expertise ensures you’ll get accelerated, standardized technology deployments at all your locations to meet your timeframes. You also benefit from our expertise and experience in handling and diffusing any problems due to worldwide supply-chain disruptions

Where Do We Start?

Work quickly to identify needs and outline a plan of action.  Contact a Black Box expert today.