In the retail industry, how we work and the spaces we work in are changing. Teams are shifting towards open floor plans, "hot desking" (no assigned desk spaces) and "huddle rooms"(small, flexible spaces for team/client collaboration). According to Forrester*, nearly 60% of retail organizations have work layouts that include such facilities.
Space-saving & Collaboration Ideas to Consider
Look to devices and accessories that optimize space and promote flexible working:
With the computer integrated inside the screen you save desk space and reduce the need for cables to connect a separate computer and display.
Today's desktops come in a range of sizes. Lenovo's ThinkCentre Tiny have smaller footprints than laptops, for easy under-desk mounting or behind-monitor placement. Get uncompromised performance, storage expansion, monitors and powerful graphics capabilities.
Docking offers desktop computer benefits without sacrificing laptop portability. A range of connectivity ports enable users to quickly connect peripherals and displays to their laptop, minimizing cable clutter and desk space. In hot-desking, several users may share the same desk/peripherals at different times by docking their laptop. In seconds users can be connected to displays, peripherals and networking.
Individual Web Conferencing
When conducting VOIP calls and web conferencing in an open plan office, are others being disturbed due to poor PC audio? A good quality headset, a PC with noise suppression and digital mics 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.
*Forrester Workforce and Workforce Recontact, 2018
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?