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The future of companies towards a more efficient and inclusive hybrid work model

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The reality that we have experienced during these last two years cannot be ignored. A reality that has affected all of us personally, but has also meant a point of no return in terms of traditional work models. New needs have arisen and have made hybrid work go from being something distant to being a reality for the majority of workers. And it is that, today, about 70% of professionals combine work between the office and home, and only 11 and 6% do it exclusively from the office and home respectively. (HP study data on Hybrid Work).

The results of this report highlight an undeniable reality, and that is that companies around the world must adapt to current market requirements and new work models. Incorporate into your corporate culture that hybrid work is here to stay and is not a passing fad. Companies must modulate these new work models taking into account the new rules established between company and employee, being aware of the advantages and opportunities offered by this new model.

There are still many challenges to overcome so that the hybrid work model becomes a reality for everyone

Millions of people around the world have welcomed the advent of hybrid work. Two thirds of the companies consider that their employees are more productive working under this model, while 89% believe that it represents an opportunity to reconcile and improve the well-being of all.

But among the most important challenges that still remain to be overcome are some inequalities in terms of inclusive work policies and culture, which we have worked so hard to achieve. Specifically, the younger profiles that participated in this study stated that they felt little protagonists within their hybrid work experience.

Among those under the age of 30, one in six believe that their laptop is not fast enough or does not have the necessary technological features to participate efficiently in hybrid meetings. A third of those surveyed have shown some “tech shame” at some point when their team unexpectedly interrupted a hybrid meeting.

Although the experience of young people with hybrid work seems to be the most polarized, they are not the only ones who have shown some reluctance. One in six overall hybrid workers (15%) globally feel left out in decision-making processes when they are not physically in the office.

That is why, as responsible companies, they must ask themselves the following question: how can barriers be broken down and hybrid work efficiency sought for this group of workers, making it an efficient and inclusive model?

Key points to implement an efficient hybrid work model

For HP, the success of this model lies in the adoption of two fundamental aspects: Connection and Collaboration; on which this new hybrid work culture must be based.

Facilitate a complete and real “Connection”

All workers need to be heard and understood correctly when interacting with their colleagues and their work in order to have good interactions. Yet two years after the advent of hybrid work, just 10 of the world’s 90 million meeting rooms are equipped with video conferencing facilities. that allow a 100% efficient connection.

That is why one in five workers (20%) believe that they cannot adequately follow what happens in hybrid meetings and that a third (37%) believe that it is easier for their ideas to be heard in person. Companies must invest in order to have the right technology that allows employees to feel truly connected, wherever they are.

But we must not only focus on quality, but on creating opportunities to generate an effective connection. Of those who feel less productive in this hybrid work model, 45% believe that connecting with the right people has become a great challenge within this new work culture.7.

The key is to ensure “Collaboration” in various environments

Collaboration has always been the fuel for driving innovation and business success. But in today’s hybrid work cultures, it is the tool that allows workers in a globalized world to work together on a common project or goal.

So companies need to put mechanisms in place to ensure collaboration remains at the heart of the hybrid work culture because right now two-thirds (63%) of global workers say they still find it easier to work with others in the office.

In this area, it is important to highlight the enormous value of collaboration, reserving key moments during the day or week in which environments that promote quality collaboration experiences are created. The study reveals that more than half of workers globally (56%) believe that it is easier to interpret the non-verbal message that is communicated when you are together in person. For this reason, it is essential that companies facilitate intuitive collaboration and be able to adapt to different work environments.

Right now, hybrid is a term that can symbolize the merging of the best to create something for positive change. As we move into an era where most workers work in different environments, we need to help millions of people adjust to this new reality. A fusion of the best of both models that is capable of building a future of work that represents new opportunities and values ​​everyone’s time.

Signed: Inés Bermejo, CEO of HP Iberia

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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