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Working from home has come with many benefits, such as:

All good things come with a few disadvantages:

Overall, it is great to work from home for a more flexible lifestyle. However, it is making sure you do it smartly. Still have catch-ups with your team. Make sure you log off at a time you agree with yourself and don’t go over so you decrease your risk of burnout and save your pennies by not commuting!

Now we have spoken about working from home, let’s get onto returning to the office.

There are many benefits of being in the office:

Once again, returning to the office has its disadvantages:

So, now we have gone through both working from home and returning to the office, we can see both advantages and disadvantages, but which do you choose?

We have recently spoken to Zoe Morgan-Kriek, an ICT Category Buyer from YPO’s ICT category, on how the technology has evolved and the ways it has improved over the past few years:

"As a Buyer in ICT, I’ve seen quite a change in the market over the last 2-3 years since the pandemic and the need for home working for many more organisations than before. ICT teams have needed to secure home workers from many points of presence from a security perspective rather than just within the Local Area Network (LAN ) or Wide area network (WAN). There were also challenges around getting hold of technology such as laptops due to increased demand but also sitting alongside technology issues such as the chip and semiconductor issues alongside lockdowns and breaks in manufacturing. As most IT Items are manufactured outside of the UK, Transport issues were also impacted as docks were closed for lockdowns and also by the war in Ukraine as this was an alternative international train route for some of our print suppliers, for example.

On the subject of print, the work from home adoption has had a serious impact on the print market, reducing print volumes drastically as people had no printer access and have either learnt other ways to work or used Hybrid Mail type options so printing to a print room or an offsite outsourced facility. A lot of these suppliers are diversifying now with document management and hybrid mail-type solutions to continue to exist in today's market. For workers who were working from home, challenges initially were around technology, childcare, and home schooling, but then the benefits kicked in for both organisations seeing the cost savings along with positive productivity, and so many organisations, especially in the public sector, have adopted hybrid working as an option going forward.

All this would not have been possible without the supporting technology and ICT teams. YPO has been happy to support our customers with our end-to-end framework solutions that cover all aspects of technology, such as hardware, software, security, networking, cloud and datacentres, and we now look forward to supporting them in the future in this ever-changing diverse category."

 

Are you in the public sector and looking for ways to evolve your technology for your employees that want to work from home? Check out our ICT frameworks and contact our ICT category team!

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