How do you empower an agile workforce to respond faster to customers in a highly regulated industry that strictly monitors the security of customer and financial data?
Security and compliance should be at the forefront of any workspace optimization initiative by financial firms. One survey found that 81% of financial firms have security rules that restrict access to mobile tools and applications outside of working hours.
Nevertheless, even if security and compliance limit financial workers' mobility options, modern devices and accessories now exist to optimize workspaces while promoting flexibility.
Space-saving & Collaboration Ideas to Consider
These devices integrate the computer inside the screen, saving desk space and reducing the need for cables to connect a separate tower and display.
Micro desktops and thin clients are common in customer-facing financial environments. For example, Lenovo's ThinkCentre Tiny has a footprint smaller than a laptop for mounting under a desk or placing behind a monitor.
"Hot-desking" is gaining popularity in the financial industry—where 48% of assigned workspaces are unoccupied throughout a day—to increase utilization of existing space. In a hot-desking scenario, several users can connect their laptop to a docking station to share the same desk and peripherals at different times.
Individual Web Conferencing
If users are conducting VOIP calls and web conferencing in an open plan office, are they disturbing others because they struggle to make themselves heard through their PC? Simply having a good quality headset, a PC with noise suppression and digital mics can make a big difference.
Frequently, users experience frustration getting meetings started – equipment doesn’t work, or they can’t find the right adapter to connect to the projector or screen. A smart meeting room solution will solve that, enabling users to connect to displays wirelessly, reserve rooms automatically through Outlook, and collaborate with remote participants seamlessly.
Eliminating the complexity of meeting room equipment, devices like the ThinkSmart Hub 500 replace conference room phones, dongles and adapters, and simplifying cabling.
As you look to modernize, consider the following:
- Employee's job roles: are they 'fixed' at a desk or often mobile and/or hot-desking?
- What are the performance needs you require from hardware?
- Do they need to collaborate with others in the same building or remotely?
- How much time is spent in meeting rooms? Are they able to efficiently connect to meeting room services?