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Future of Remote Work in the UK

The Future of Remote Work in the UK: How HP Devices Adapt and Excel

Stephen Mash
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Remote work trends in the UK indicate that business work practices are changing, moving away from rigid office-based working that the response to the pandemic accelerated. Instead, the future of remote working is looking more attractive as hybrid working is becoming more common as employers realise the business benefits.
The increasing availability of technological solutions helps these changes. Now, a remote worker located anywhere in the world with internet connectivity can work just as effectively and securely as a worker with an allocated desk in a business's office environment connected to a corporate IT system.

The role of technology in facilitating remote work

role of technology in remote work
IT decision-makers face significant challenges when a business embraces remote work future technology and practices. Issues include increasing diversification of endpoint device types that require management, maintenance and support.
Remote technology can also create potential security gaps with limited visibility of equipment, creating security challenges across the infrastructure. It also increases the risk of shadow IT equipment on networks outside the corporate security controls open for exploitation by determined attackers. Thankfully, we offer businesses technology solutions that can solve these business challenges while making flexible working easier.
Our endpoints, including desktops, laptops and intelligent printers, support hybrid working with technology that meets diverse needs, works seamlessly across devices, is simple to manage,
Our products allow businesses to design a technology strategy around connectivity, flexibility, and, where beneficial, automation to transform their technology stack ready for hybrid working.

Overview of HP devices suitable for remote work

We offer an extensive range of devices perfect for remote work, far too many to list. However, below is a selection of some available options for remote work technology to give you a few ideas and offer a starting point when choosing the best solutions for creating your hybrid work environments and the ideal HP devices for remote work.

HP desktop for home offices

One of the defining features of a remote work environment is that they typically have less space for IT equipment than an office building. We have developed a series of all-in-one business desktops to meet the needs of remote working.
For example, the HP EliteOne 840 G9 all-in-one desktop computer features a 12th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor with a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD) integrated within a 23.8-inch full high definition (FHD) touch screen display. Complemented with the HP 655 wireless keyboard and mouse combination, this product offers a complete home working solution out of the box.
HP EliteOne 840 G9
This desktop has a security application suite that protects your applications, processes and data from sophisticated cyber threats. Also included are business applications and collaboration tools to support remote working.

HP laptops for home offices

Business laptops offer a portable alternative to a desktop computer if you don't want to be tied to a specific location when you work remotely. We have an extensive range of business laptops to suit your needs.
One of our more popular options is the HP Elite Dragonfly range, ideal for mobile business users looking for an ultra-lightweight and rugged one that can handle life on the move. This range features touchscreen displays to make working easy anywhere and audio technology perfect for collaborative working in any environment.
The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 sure view laptop offers high-performance features in a compact package with an overall weight of less than 1 kg. The 13.5-inch widescreen ultra extended graphics array (WUXGA) offers a 16:10 aspect ratio with more vertical content than traditional laptop screens. In addition, the 12th Generation Intel Core i7 processor means that this ultra-lightweight laptop doesn't compromise performance.
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
The HP Elite Dragonfly range are 2-in-1 convertible laptops with an ingenious hinge that allows you to fully rotate the two halves of the case through 360 degrees. This feature allows you to use the computer like a tablet using touch screen technology where space is limited.
Our HP Elite Dragonfly convertible business laptops also have comprehensive security features included as standard, including the HP Wolf Pro Security Edition suite of applications. These provide preconfigured enterprise-level protection and automatic incident recovery capabilities.

HP monitors for home offices

Remote workers using a home office can benefit from having a large screen connected to their desktops or laptop. This ability can be essential when working in creative industries like graphic design or if you need to study large spreadsheets full of information in comfort.
The HP Z27k G3 docking monitor is an excellent example with its 17-inch ultra high definition (UHD) display in full 4K resolution. The aluminium construction allows a frameless viewing experience while the display technology brings your ideas to life with remarkable colour accuracy and rich detail.
HP Z27k G3

HP printers for home offices

One of the benefits of remote working is it increases the adoption of paperless practices; however, in the real world, there will always be an occasional need to handle paper documents or produce hardcopy materials. The answer is an all-in-one inkjet printer that can handle various tasks and will always be available for printing, even if this is only an infrequent activity.
The HP ENVY Inspire 7920e offers home workers copying, scanning and automatic double-sided printing options in a compact package that produce any media type, from paper documents to vibrant, high-quality photographs. In addition, wireless connectivity allows all your remote working devices to connect from laptop to smartphone without the hassle of trailing wires across your home office space.
HP ENVY Inspire 7920e All-in-One

HP accessories for remote workers

One of the benefits of remote working from a home office is customising your workspace to meet your needs. For example, this tailoring could be using a specialist ergonomic keyboard or wrist rests to gain a more comfortable working position.
A great addition to any workspace is a wireless mouse that offers comfort and effortless cursor control without a cable getting in the way. The HP Spectre Rechargeable Mouse 700 employs laser sensor technology to provide superb accuracy and precision while allowing you to work wirelessly for up to 11 weeks between recharges. In addition, it comes with an ingenious four-way scrolling control, and you can connect to up to four different devices with simple switching between each.
HP Spectre Rechargeable Mouse 700

Key features of HP devices that make them ideal for remote work

We've designed our business laptops to facilitate collaborative working across a remotely located and dispersed workforce with the latest connectivity technology and advanced audio-visual capabilities.
Our business desktops and laptops all include comprehensive built-in security controls for asset and information protection of remote devices.
We offer enterprise endpoint control solutions for on-premises and cloud-based business systems that manage and secure corporate endpoint devices anywhere and everywhere.

The future of remote work in the UK and how HP is preparing for it

future of remote work at home
The future of remote working creates challenges for businesses. We have identified five key strategic goals organisations must achieve as part of their digital transformation to support remote working practices and manage the heightened security risks these changes bring.
Collaborative Working: Businesses need to use technology to help teams keep connected so they can communicate and collaborate effectively, even when the team are working apart. Additionally, workflow automation is necessary to support information flow across the organisation and encourage collaboration through digitisation.
Productivity: Implementing technology that supports productive remote working requires understanding the role of employees to match their devices to their needs and working environment correctly.
Security: Protecting remote devices across the business's entire technology ecosystem requires a zero-trust approach to protect workers and their endpoint devices from the latest sophisticated cyber threats and maintain secure access to business systems.
Flexibility: Managing flexible working with distributed devices in remote locations requires secure endpoint device management that delivers a better employee experience to encourage effective remote working.
Sustainability: Adopting a digital transformation process to support remote working offers the ideal opportunity to integrate smart working while protecting the planet. Businesses should evaluate the environmental impact of technology across their value chain and invest with technology partners who innovate with a focus on sustainability.
You can read more in our essential guide to the new era of work.

Summary

Businesses that embrace hybrid work practices offer employees the freedom to choose where, when, and how they work. Such flexibility can significantly enhance work satisfaction and engagement, boosting productivity and creativity.
One of the traditional blocks to remote working has been security concerns, protecting sensitive commercial information on a computer allowed out of the office environment and into the outside world with more significant risks from theft, damage, eavesdropping or compromise.
HP has addressed these concerns with its advanced security protection using the principles of security by design and out of the box. In addition, security controls on our business desktops and laptops protect information on these devices and in transit across public networks back to the corporately managed IT systems.
You can read more about HP's flexible work solutions on our website and see how this help meets the future of remote working.

About the Author

Stephen Mash is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Stephen is a UK-based freelance technology writer with a cybersecurity and risk management background.

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