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One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Shaping the Future of Work from Boomers to Gen Z

Could you have ever imagined being told one year ago that you would be transitioning fully to remote work, turning your home sanctuary into a lively office space? While some people have returned to their physical offices now, our uptake of working from home (WFH) increased drastically over the past year. For many, this has meant balancing childcare and their day job (and, in some cases, welcoming kids onto Zoom meetings), while quickly learning new technologies to support WFH infrastructures. The upcoming anniversary of the one-year mark of the pandemic makes for a fitting time to reflect back on all that’s changed about how we work, and how businesses can better anticipate and address employee needs, which can vary across the generational spectrum, for the future of work. We covered these topics and more in our recent webinar with Microsoft and industry experts on the future of work. Here are a few key learnings from the discussion.

Don’t Be That Guy: Remote Meeting Etiquette 101

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You know him.  He’s that guy in your remote meetings that just can’t get it together. You really can’t blame him. After all, he’s not used to meeting this way. Like most of us, ever since stay-at-home orders were announced, he’s been reluctantly living the work-from-home life. The conference room is now his bedroom, the kids are his new “co-workers” and his fur baby barks at every Amazon package delivered at the front door. Bless. His. Heart.

I must confess, I’ve been “that guy” more times than I’m willing to admit. Nevertheless, it’s important to uphold basic meeting etiquette. Learning from others’ mistakes is a powerful thing, so that’s why I’m sharing some remote meeting blunders from familiar characters you’ve probably met along the way.

Where to Purchase Print Hardware for the Home Workforce – Retail Store or Dealership?

The shift to a work-from-home (WFH) model, thought to be merely a stopgap measure back in the spring of 2020, is starting to look more and more permanent, requiring many businesses to make long-term decisions on how best to equip home workers with the tools and hardware needed to do their jobs. Some of those decisions were easy – the procedures for ordering and provisioning additional laptops, for instance, didn’t necessarily change. But what about printing and scanning needs? A workgroup copier will probably not fit in people’s home offices, kitchens, or walk-in closets (yes, home workers with kids attending virtual school, we see you).

How to give your school a technology makeover

 

Does your school need a technology upgrade? If you’re still writing on chalkboards and using projectors – or even if you’re working on older smartboard models – the answer is yes! Technology is at the core of virtually everything we do and exposing students to cutting-edge devices at a young age can set them up for success in the future. In addition, new display technology in the classroom allows teachers to streamline their daily plans and allows for an interactive environment for all to learn.

How to Build Your Home Office Oasis

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In the past year, office workers have quickly adapted to working from home by clearing out guest rooms, beefing up Wi-Fi, and scheduling meetings around their child’s nap time. At first your ideal home office may be as simple as a room without your kid’s online learning in the background, but if you really think about making your workspace perfect for productivity, there are clearly other aspects that need to be considered. In my quest to put together my ideal home office, I examined all critical components, from hardworking hardware to a motivating ambiance.

What is so Smart About the Smart Office?

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Businesses today require more work in less time with fewer resources.  But fortunately, with smart office technology employees can work smarter and more productively, and not cut into valuable family time.  Smart offices are an opportunity to improve production, employee morale and provide a competitive edge for your business. 

Offshore Drilling Company Follows Best Practices When it Comes to Document Security

When you think about securing highly sensitive documents, cybersecurity probably comes to mind first. And while protecting your digital files is significantly important, you also need to address the most basic security issues – such as inadvertently leaving important documents lying around on or near a printer – that could have an adverse effect on your business.  That’s exactly what one offshore drilling company was faced with when they approached their local Sharp dealer to upgrade their equipment once their lease was up on their high-speed, color multifunction printers (MFPs).

It’s 2021 Already, Let’s Communicate!

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Most "office workers"  work to communicate and collaborate with information - with our peers, with our partners and with our customers. Organizations that do this effectively make better, faster decisions and have a shared understanding of the business environment. And, they tend to “win” in the market. In this Simply Smarter blog, Sharp's VP of Marketing Bob Madaio talks about the challenges to communicate and collaborate in the modern work environment and how organizations can leverage technology to overcome those challenges.

Finding a New Balance in Today’s Hybrid Workplace

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In this new world of work, organizations have had to make many adjustments to the way people work.  We have gone from an office full of people prior to the pandemic, to people working primarily from their homes in the midst of the pandemic, and now in the new normal, back to an environment where some people are physically in their offices, while others are working remotely.  Today’s workplace is also tomorrow’s workplace – a hybrid balance of working in the office and remotely.

Help Ensure Customer Safety and Build Business by Printing In-House

 

Very few, if any, organizations have been untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic, and most businesses have had to adjust and innovate to continue operations. Following initial shutdowns, the food service and hospitality industries had to find a way to operate while still maintaining social distancing and sanitizing measures to keep customers safe. Schools have been tasked with finding ways to educate students virtually while also offering a safe in-person learning environment. Houses of worship, which many turn to in uncertain times, must keep congregants safe in their time of need. One inventive measure for helping keep people safe while also saving money is bringing print work in-house.

The Nuts and Bolts of Leasing: What Every Small Business Should Know

 

To lease or to buy? This is the question many small business owners face when the time comes to invest in a new copier or multifunction printer (MFP) for the office. Others, perhaps newer to business, may be surprised to learn that leasing is even an option. Isn’t leasing something you do with cars, not printers? But as you shop around and get familiar with the world of office equipment, you’ll learn that printers and copiers come at many different price points, and often it can make more sense to lease a device rather than to buy it outright. But when? It can vary from business to business, but here are some questions to ask when considering a lease.

How IoT and the cloud can improve the meeting room experience

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Twenty-three hours a week. That’s how much time on average that an executive spends in meetings, according to MIT’s Sloan Management Review. That’s approximately three whole business days’ worth of in-person and remote meetings, and for some of us it feels like even more. While most meetings are essential and help move forward impactful ideas, even the most important or most stimulating could use a boost.

Why IT Security is Important for the Remote Worker

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As employees continue to do their jobs efficiently and effectively from remote locations, some companies are beginning to view the work-from-home model as longer-term, while others have embraced a hybrid model in which employees split time between home and office. While there are many benefits to remote work for both employer and employee, there are some downsides as well – and one of those is the need to provide IT services to a remote workforce. 

When Bigger is Better

Exploring the mesmerizing visual experience that is 8K

This week, Sharp brings unparalleled image detail and quality like you have never seen before with the launch of its new 120" Class (diagonal) 8M-B120C 8K Ultra-HD Professional LCD display. In terms of quality it’s no big stretch to say that 8K is the ultimate in imaging quality. The 8K Ultra-HD (7,680 x 4,320-pixels) resolution provides an exponential boost in terms of image detail with 4 times the resolution of 4K Ultra-HD and 16 times the resolution of Full-HD.

8K, by design, lends itself to certain industries and applications more than others. This blog will explore the reasons and logic behind purchasing an 8K monitor.

The Less-Touch Office: Working in the Era of COVID-19


For a time, touchscreen displays were the height of innovation. Forget the old-school buttons; that was so last century. Everyone wanted an interface that reminded them of their iPhone. And that technology is still great – there are many possibilities for personalization and connectivity in a touchscreen LCD panel that just aren’t possible in an analog interface. But there is also the potential for germs. Germs are nothing new and are far older than buttons or touchscreens – the COVID-19 pandemic brought about an entirely new awareness of all the ways in which touching shared surfaces could be riskier than we realized.

Choosing the Right Printer for Your Business

When it comes to selecting the right printer for your office, whether that’s at home or in an office setting, there are a lot of factors to consider. From cost and size to technology capabilities and color options, there can be a lot that impacts your overall decision. With so many variables, it’s hard to know which to choose. So, what are your options?

Can AI and IoT Help Us Get Back to the Office Safely?

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There has been a tech renaissance this past year as many businesses have found that their operations have needed to change. If you had asked business leaders if they planned to let their employees work from home full or part time a year ago, many would have disagreed that this could be the best route for an efficient working environment. Yet, here we are -- nearly a year into the pandemic and office complexes sit empty while home offices buzz with online collaboration. Employees sleep later, yet get to work earlier, and energy once wasted fighting traffic now moves important projects forward.

Survey Finds that Outsourcing IT Security Work Can Help Prevent Cyberattacks

There has been a sharp increase in cyberattacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), already more susceptible to these threats, even further exposed. To better understand industry concerns on this topic, Sharp recently commissioned a cybersecurity study of 250 North American SMBs with Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

A Simply Smarter Start

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Welcome to Sharp’s new Simply Smarter blog.

You may wonder why Sharp is introducing a new blog in the middle of this crazy year.  With so much going on around us, is this really a priority?

In fact, the ridiculous pace of technology disruption and business change is the exact reason now is an excellent time to find new ways to get out timely, useful information to our customers in new ways.