How deskbound devices are delivering the Future Workplace

Main visual : How deskbound devices are delivering the Future Workplace

Workplaces are evolving. And so are requirements and expectations of an organization and its employees.

Lean digitalization focusing on freeing people to work wherever they want, whenever they want, however they want to, is an important part of every organization’s strategy. It’s not just about boosting productivity and cutting costs; it’s also about attracting and retaining the right talent.

Millennials are rapidly entering the workplace. They expect to be able to use any and every device or app in both their personal and working lives and expect them to be easy to use for work and social media or entertainment.

What we have noticed is that there’s a trend developing in the modern workplace environment or digital workplace that would have us believe that seamless mobility has made deskbound devices obsolete. However, we’re seeing that they’re fast becoming the core of the modern workplaces. And there are very good reasons for that.

It’s all about ergonomics

Reasons such as ergonomics, modularity, ease of collaboration, fostering focused work for individuals, and both energy efficiency and sustainability. The fact is that deskbound devices are more often used to enable content creation – sustained, focused work on specific projects or outputs – than mobile devices.

The connection between deskbound and mobile devices has to be easy and seamless to enable sharing and access everywhere, but the main content workers produce is still done at the desk.

If you look at deskbound devices – from desktops to workstations to thin clients – you will see that they have kept pace with other devices. In our experience, most workers prefer to do sustained tasks like writing reports, design, animation or creating spreadsheets, at a desk. There’s no doubt about it.

The simple reason being that they have a single point of focus, the space to spread out any reference materials they need, and (ideally) the space is ergonomically sound, from the position of the desk, the lighting available, the chair, screen(s), and the general ambience of the place itself.

We are, after all, talking about a Future Workplace. The key word here is ‘place’ – and that means it has to be holistically designed to enable people to bring their best work and collaborate effectively and efficiently to generate new ideas. And the desk and the deskbound computing infrastructure is just part of that, an important part.

Being ‘deskbound’ is not a bad thing; it facilitates sustained work. So, what’s really needed is a human-centric approach to the total desk space, including the technology that facilitates work whatever it might be.

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Ergonomics is key to the success of the desk. Clutter is the enemy of focused work. 

Our desks need to be liberated from messy cables, clunky hardware that gets in the way of being able to think freely, imaginatively and with clarity.

For us, that means a modular approach that puts just the right devices on each desk. A minimalism that has fewer cables, less noise and heat resulting in a cleaner environment, and it shows your people that you care about their wellbeing and ability to concentrate in ways that suit their needs.

Creating the Future Workplace, now

Our human-centric approach is the key to Fujitsu’s Future Workplace philosophy. And that’s why we came up with an office workplace solution - the Fujitsu Clean Desk 2.0, a tidy workplace for the new digital working style.

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Combining best-of-breed components from Fujitsu and its partners, the solution delivers greater well-being for users – particularly those who work all day at a display – by creating an ergonomic environment with a greater sense of space. It’s a workplace that adapts to you, not the other way round.

In our experience, a single screen is limiting and just enough for simple tasks. However, for demanding requirements that involve switching between applications one screen is limiting which eventually leads to frustration and awkward posture.

Multi-monitoring and the novel display positioning of the Fujitsu Clean Desk enable the viewer to adopt a good reading posture. Display and desk heights can also be adjusted. All these subtle aspects of this solution can help the user achieve a perfect balance between efficient and ergonomic working.

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With the Clean Desk JUSTICE 2.0 (shown in the image above), you have the possibility to swing your display about 90 degrees while having colleagues at your workplace in a collaborative situation with touch-screen support. At the same time, you could also support your customer’s multimedia in the future and successfully advise them in a timely manner.

To enable Shared Desk or Clean Desk scenarios, we offer a product combination that includes ESPRIMO G558, 2x 24” FUJITSU Displays (P24-9 TE and B24-9 TE connected via Daisy Chain) and VESA Kit with Port Replicator.

It gives users two screens so they can work across applications without having to keep toggling on a single screen. They can angle or move the screens simply and easily, which avoids awkward posture and enables collaborative work around an uncluttered desk.

Take a look at this configuration:

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It’s simple, clean, flexible, and enables multiple working desk scenarios to suit your working style. Have as much tech as you want or need, or as little. The point is flexibility, focus, and choice.

When collaboration happens in larger groups (people in a room plus people connected remotely via voice or video calls) then it needs to be supported in a way that is equipped to enhance creativity as well as deliver focus.

Our ESPRIMO MRE (Meeting Room Edition), powered by the ESPRIMO Q mini PC with Intel Unite, delivers an easy to use, intuitive experience with the FUJITSU XL55-1 Touch Display - a full HD screen to foster the sharing of ideas and creation of new ways of looking at problems or issues.

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The ESPRIMO range is human-centric by design. Fujitsu’s aim is always to free people from the constraints that technology sometimes imposes. We need to be honest that technology, in and of itself, does not help people. It only helps if it’s designed properly and delivers a great user experience.

That’s why we’ve focused on empowering the people that use to do what they want and need to do with the devices just by plugging them in and getting to work. Their modularity means that the benefits of all-in-one technology can be delivered without the hassles or limitations that sometimes come with them.

Sometimes you want more than two screens. Our display holders, brackets and clamps, make it easy to four or even six screens with daisy-chained connections to turn a simple (and still uncluttered desk) into Mission Control for your tasks.

We are also working to bring in both Augmented and Virtual Reality into the mix. Immersive technologies that allow people to go deeper into creative ideas or specific issues boosted by extra information and insights are fast becoming a powerful tool for productive work in the office space.

An investment in people

In the end, the investment in modular, ergonomically sound technologies is an investment in your people. Making it easy to work in a modern, human-centric workplace boosts productivity and employee wellbeing. That means you retain talented people and attract more of them, especially from the rising millennial workforce.

We have made our technologies more energy efficient, effectively reducing the carbon footprint of your organization thereby increasing its contribution to sustainable working. Better ergonomics also means that people feel less stressed and develop fewer physical ailments which can lead to loss in productivity.

And, of course, the flexibility the technologies deliver means your people have more choice. They are in control of their workspace. And the Future Workplace is all about freedom and flexibility.

Fujitsu has been working with a wide range of partners – from furniture designers to lighting specialists to Augmented and Virtual Reality experts – to create the workplaces of the future.

The key to all their thinking is the idea of freedom: the freedom to work where and when and how you want to while always being connected to a collaborative network of people.

Thanks to Salil Lawande for additional contributions to this article.