The empowered employee: how to put the next generation to work

The empowered employee: how to put the next generation to work

On March 24 we were happy to welcome over 70 attendees at Alfons Groot-Bijgaarden for our first live event in more than two years. And whether the world of work has changed since our workplace 2.0 edition! To get our audience up to speed on the challenges of today’s modern workplace, we gathered six industry experts each diving into one of the secret ingredients of offering an outstanding employee experience. A small recap.

Talk about a flying start! Dieter De Pauw, director B2B corporate sales at Orange, and Ulrik Van Schepdael, CEO and founder of mobco, set the scene with an introduction on the challenges in today’s modern workplace. 

A few years ago, there were not enough people to fill in all open positions on the labor market. The pandemic briefly overshadowed this issue, but today the shortage is more apparent than ever. For a lot of companies, it’s all hands-on deck to fill in their open positions. But as applicants have many options to choose from, they tend to seek out greener places when the company cannot meet all of their needs. Those who wish to remain attractive on today’s talent-scarce market must develop a customized work environment that prioritizes choice and flexibility. And let technology be key here. 

Connecting with employees in today’s modern workplace

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Next, we welcomed Rien Vanyzere, employee experience guru at SBS Skill BuilderS, on stage. If you’re a football fan, you might have already seen him passing by on television. But let’s not deviate too much, after all we’re here to dive into the psychological aspect of choice.

The nature of work has been changing through the impact of technological change, social transformation, the green transition and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. As companies emerging from the pandemic take stock of the lessons learned, six main challenges are to be tackled: talent scarcity, talent retention, green transition, leadership/transparency and accountability, inclusiveness, and digital transformation. Speaking of a challenge as no less than four of these defiances are to be overcome by Human Resources. Challenges that can be summarized as the war for talent.

To attract and retain top talent, businesses tend to heavily invest in fulfilling extrinsic needs such as safety needs and psychological needs. Much needed, but those who really want to succeed must not lose sight of intrinsic needs as love, belonging, esteem and self-actualization. To engage the empowered employee, one must motivate actions and behaviors that make employees feel in control of their own behavior and goals, enable them to sharpen their competences and make them feel connected by creating a sense of belonging. In doing so, praise, recognition, flexibility, incentives, and purpose are key. 

Taking another look at flexible benefits, trends of 2022

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Now, let’s talk money with Olivier Vanneste, Head of People Services at KPMG. With a master in fiscality and law, and a degree in compensation and benefits management in his pocket, it’s safe to say that Olivier is an absolute reference when it comes to flexible rewards. 

The pandemic brought flexibility into the mainstream. As top talent can choose among potential employers, companies increasingly need to differentiate themselves by providing flexibility and choice. A challenge Olivier believes can be tackled by introducing a flexible reward package that gives them a say in the devices used for work, how they want to spend their training budget, how they want their bonussed to be paid out and how they want to fill in their mobility package. 

It’s no longer a secret that in today’s modern workplace employees want to have a say in when, where and how they work, an evolution Olivier also identifies as clearly noticeable in the compensation strategies of 2022. For instance, in mobility, the partial return to the workplace results in different mobility choices for the employee. Instead of a car policy, companies must develop a future-proof mobility policy that provides choice in the means of transportations used to get to work. The employee should be given the choice to, for example, lease an electric car or bike or use public transportation through a mobility budget. Who wants to go an extra mile can even introduce incentives to those using alternative mobility solutions.

Besides, this working from anywhere world has created new (mental) health challenges for employees. Therefore, it might be wise to provide tools to reinforce their well-being in your flex rewards plan. Not only (ergonomic) home workplace tools, but extra vacation days and insurances might do the trick.

How technology can help you become an employer of choice

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Next up was Kristof Rutten, Senior Systems Engineer at Apple – also known as the Apple bible of the BeLux region – who dove into how offering choice in the devices used for work, might unleash your employees’ full potential. Let’s dive into an example.

SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software, is constantly innovating and believes in motivating its people on an individual level – and that includes giving them a choice in the tools used for work. Since SAP launched its Mac as Choice program, more than one third of its employees has chosen a Mac.

Not only a personal, but a powerful choice too. Why? Ever since the introduction of the M1 chip in the MacBook gamma, employees have lauded its incredible impact on battery life and performance. On top, the devices are easily integratable into the existing IT infrastructure and work seamlessly together with other products from the Apple ecosystem. Icing on the cake? Having introduced Mac into its ecosystem, puts SAP in the driving seat in the competitive hiring market as new recruits want to use the tools they are familiar with and enjoy working on.

The key take away? The more choice your business is offering, the bigger the chance of hiring and retaining the best talent out there.

How to provide a flexible and attractive proposition to your employee

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By now, you’ve read all about why it’s important to provide flexibility and choice, but how you, as an employer, can enable more choice without it resulting in a heavy administrative burden, might still be a mystery. To bring it all together, Ulrik Van Schepdael and Frederik Bouckaert, Senior Product Manager Enterprise Mobility Solutions at Orange Belgium, dove deeper into some of the key features of the Hardware Comfort portal.  

Back in February 2022, Orange and mobco launched Hardware Comfort – the first fully integrated modern workplace management solution on the Belgian market. The platform aims at empowering employees with self-service actions in the life cycle of the modern workplace. From ordering devices and SIM cards over registering devices in a corporate infrastructure to changing mobile subscription options, Hardware Comfort enables it all. 

To provide maximum flexibility, the platform also offers the possibility of integrating with a flex reward plan. Initiating such a plan is usually very time-consuming and comes with a heavy administrative burden, but with Hardware Comfort, all administration is bundled in one tool and all workplace assets are being automated, making it easier than ever to offer the right benefits at the right time. 

On top, mobco vouches for the configuration, delivery, management, security and repair of all chosen workplace assets, freeing up the time of your IT team to focus on what really matters. Cheers to technology! 

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Samsung Galaxy Book2 Series: Enhanced flexibility and versatility for today’s modern workplace

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Series: Enhanced flexibility and versatility for today’s modern workplace

During its unpacked event, Samsung Electronics announced the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 series, a range of brand-new notebooks that combines powerful performance with a portable design. The ideal companion in today’s modern workplace we thought when adding Samsung’s latest innovation to our hardware portfolio. Eager to discover how the latest Galaxy PCs offer a productive and agile experience? Read on to find out!

As the hybrid workplace becomes the norm, companies want to enable their employees to better adapt to this new way of working while better protecting themselves from the growing number of cyber threats.  To meet these expectations, Samsung launched the Galaxy Book2 Series, a gamma of five powerful laptops designed to boost security, productivity, flexibility, and connectivity. 

Samsung classifies its notebooks into two categories: Galaxy Book2 Pro and Galaxy Book2 Business. The latter targeting businesses by making use of Intel vPro chips and Windows Hello facial recognition for more multi-factor authentication options. 

Enterprise security meets mobile freedom

The shift to hybrid working has underlined significant cybersecurity threats for employers and employees alike. Employees working from home are more vulnerable to cyberattacks as they have limited access to security tools and the infrastructure at the office, an issue Samsung addresses by launching the first consumer PC lineup featuring secured designation elements.  

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 series delivers an enhanced level of protection on Windows 11 and features deeply integrated hardware, firmware, and software to boost protection against potential cyber-attacks. More specifically, the Galaxy Book2 series protects your hybrid work environment by making use of the Samsung defense-grade security technology, Intel Hardware Shield Technology, and an embedded processor to protect BIOS. On top, the devices are equipped with a Tamper Alert function that detects, tracks, and mitigates malicious attempts.

Ultimate productivity on the go 

With video calls being essential for the success of the hybrid workplace, the Galaxy Book2 series delivers optimal performance tailor-made to the needs of today’s modern workplace. When using video-conferencing apps such as Google Meet, Microsoft Teams or Zoom, auto-framing ensures that the camera stays focused on the faces on-screen while background effects minimize distractions and enable the employees to be the center of attention when making calls from a busy location. On top, the Galaxy Book2 filters static and background sounds, so voices come through clearly.

For flexible and connected work experiences

To enable your employees to work anywhere, anytime and on any location, the Galaxy Book 2 Series offers seamless connectivity with other Samsung Galaxy products. The Single Sign-On feature, for example, simplifies the authentication process by requiring credentials to only be entered once, giving the user immediate access to Galaxy device apps and content, including Samsung Gallery and Samsung Notes. Through Private Share employees can securely exchange confidential information between devices and colleagues. To ensure that confidential information stays classified, employees can authorize access and set expiration dates for every file they send. 

By combining the power of Samsung DeX and the Samsung Galaxy Book2 series, Samsung makes working across devices piece of cake. Not only can users send texts or take calls using your computer thanks to Link to Windows, they can also use their Galaxy Book2 series’ keyboard and trackpad while navigating on their Galaxy Tab S8 screen. This crossover continuity enables them to select recently used applications and open them on their notebook to pick up right where they left off. 

 

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New iPhone SE, iPad Air and Mac: here’s what you need to know about the new Apple devices

New iPhone SE, iPad Air and Mac: here’s what you need to know about the new Apple devices

Yesterday was the day. Apple’s first event of the year was chackled full of new hardware releases. Faster iPads, an upgraded iPhone SE, and a new Mac, all setting the tone for expected phone and computer upgrades later this year. An overview.  

iPhone SE: Love the power, love the price

As the new iPhone SE, again the cheaper member of the iPhone family, also supports 5G all recent iPhones now take advantage of the latest generation of mobile internet. Read on to discover what else is new. 

Key features:

  • The third-generation iPhone SE succeeds the 2020 model as the new budget-friendly iPhone option. The first iPhone SE came out in 2016 and remained available for four years, meaning the SE line is set for a quicker change of pace. 
  • The new iPhone SE gets a faster processor, the A15 bionic – which is also present in the iPhone 13 devices and the iPad Mini. The A15 stores a 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, and 16-core neural engine. 
  • On the back, we find a 12 MP camera enabling computational photography and improves video conferencing. 
  • What does remain the same is the design. So, like the 2020 iPhone SE, the new model has a fingerprint scanner instead of facial recognition – which has been part of the more expensive iPhones for several years – and a 4.7-inch LCD display.
  • The iPhone SE is available in midnight, starlight, and product red and has ceramic shield at the front and back.   
  • The cheapest 5G iPhone starts at €437.19 (Excl. VAT) and is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variants. The devices can be ordered as of March 11 and will be delivered as of March 18.

iPad Air: Light, bright and full of might

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Apple released new high-end iPads Pro last spring and updated the iPad Mini and regular iPad last fall, having left the iPad’s middle child, the iPad Air, as the model that was most eligible for an update. Releasing a new iPad Air during its Peek Performance event, Apple focuses on bringing the device in line with the sixth-generation iPad Mini. Read on to find out what’s new.

Key features: 

  • By introducing flat edges, thin bezels, Apple pencil support, USB-C and a new touch ID button, the iPad Air received an iPad Pro-style redesign in 2020. But as the still fresh design has become dated, it made sense for Apple to roll out an updated iPad Air. With the iPad Air 2022, Apple does put a performance on the par with its higher-end tablets by introducing the M1 chip – making the iPad Air M1 60 percent faster than its predecessor. 
  • There are no changes in the design department. The iPad Air 5 comes with the same display with squared-off edges and is equipped with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with 3.8 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, a P3 wide colour gamut, True Tone, and an anti-reflective screen coating. A Touch ID-based fingerprint sensor is built-in into the power button for additional security. The device has support for eSIM, stereo speakers, and Wi-Fi 6.
  • In addition, the new iPad Air supports center stage, a feature where the camera continues to follow your face during video calls. The cameras themselves also improved. A 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera was added on the front and back, making the iPad Air stand on the same height as the other iPad models. 
  • The newest iPad Air is compatible with the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2, making it easier than ever to work from anywhere, at any time and any location. 
  • The iPad Air M1, available in Wi-Fi and cellular models, starts at €577.69 (Excl. VAT) and stores up to 256GB. The device will be sold in space grey, starlight, pink, purple and blue and can be pre-ordered as of the 11th of March. The new iPad Air will be officially released on the 18th of March.

M1 Ultra: Faster is phenomenal

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M1 has transformed Mac in the past years. Users no longer have to choose between great performance and better battery life. Now Apple is taking Mac even further with the latest chip in the M1 Silicon family: the M1 Ultra.

Key features:

  • The key to the M1 Ultra is Apple’s UltraFusion architecture — effectively, Apple is fusing together two separate M1 Max chips into a single, massive SoC, thanks to the 2.5TB/s inter-processor connection that the M1 Max offers. 
  • That design lets Apple double virtually all the specs from its M1 Max chip on the M1 Ultra: 20 CPU cores (16 performance and 4 efficiency), 64 GPU cores, a 32-core Neural Engine for AI processing, and up to 128GB of RAM. All told, Apple says that the M1 Ultra offers eight times the performance of the regular M1.
  • Now let’s have a look at what hardware you need to enjoy this new powerhouse.

Mac Studio: Empower station

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Break-through performance, connectivity, and modularity? Say hello to Mac Studio! 

Key features:

  • You can think of Mac Studio as a replacement for the high-end Mac Mini and a sort of cheaper alternative to the Mac Pro. The new device comes with either an M1 Max or M1 Ultra chip, making it up to 80 faster than the best Mac Pro. 
  • Mac Studio – a desktop computer to which you still need to connect a keyboard, mouse, and monitor – is about 3.7-inches high and has a width of 7.7-inches. The larger case is needed to cool down the powerful M1 Ultra chip. The M1 Ultra chip has 16 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores – basically double of the M1 Max which used to be the fastest Apple chip – and has insane graphic performance thanks to its 65 graphic cores. In addition, the new chip is available with up to 128GB of central memory.
  • At the front of the Mac Studio, there’s an SD card slot and two USB-C ports. On the back, you have the power supply, a 100GB ethernet port, four thunderbolt ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI output, and an audio jack. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 are built in as well. 
  • Multitasking becomes easier than ever with Mac Studio, allowing you to simultaneously connect up to four screens. For those who want even more, a fifth screen in the form of a television can be connected.  
  • The entry-level Mac Studio costs €1924.79 (Excl. VAT), but that only gets you the M1 Max chip.The prices for the ultra-fast M1 Ultra start at €3825.62 (Excl. VAT). 
  • Mac Studio can be ordered as of today with delivery starting March 18. 

Studio Display: A sight to be bold

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Loaded with incredible features that no other desktop has to offer, Apple finds its way to the consumer-graded market with Studio display. An overview.

 Key features:

  • The previous years, Apple only sold the 32-inch Pro Display XDR, an insanely advanced mini-led display with a price tag of €5499, making Studio Display its smaller and cheaper brother. 
  • Studio Display is a 27-inch screen and comes in at 218 pixels per inch, making it a 5K retina display. 
  • With the introduction of a 12MP ultra-wide camera and center stage coming to the Mac for the first time, videoconferencing becomes piece of cake. To further elevate the video conferencing experience, Studio Display comes with a three-mic array and 6 speaker-sound system – the best combination of audio and video in a desktop yet! 
  • Powerful? You could say that! Studio Display is equipped with an A13 bionic chip and thunderbolt cable enabling you to transfer 96W of power. Quickly charging your MacBook Pro 14” before your next meeting? Check! 
  • At the back of the monitor, three other USB-C connectors can be found for optimal connectivity. 
  • Apple sells the monitor starting March 18 for a retail price of €1470.25 (Excl. VAT). A version with nano-textured glass costs €1676.86 (Excl. VAT). Apple includes a tilt stand or VESA adapter for an additional cost of €460. 

IOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4 and Mac OS Monterey 12.3

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Apple has been beta testing iOS 15.4, iPad OS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 since late January and now the updates are nearly ready to launch. Perfect timing as Apple’s Operating System works together perfectly with its new Hardware! Read on to find out what’s new:

  • iOS 15.4 is a huge update that brings support for using Face ID while wearing a mask if you have an iPhone 12 or newer, introduces new emoji characters, lays the groundwork for Tap to Pay, adds a new Siri voice and improves the anti-stalking functionality of AirTags. 
  • macOS Monterey 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4 add the long awaited Universal Control feature that is designed to allow multiple Macs and iPads to be controlled with a single mouse and keyboard.

Eager to discover what else is new? Download our Apple For Enterprise Whitepaper to find out!

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Why your company should offer Mac as an option in your employee choice program

Why your company should offer Mac as an option in your employee choice program

When we talk about Mac in the workplace, many typecast the typical corporate user as someone working in marketing or creative departments. Yet, 83% of those working in IT and HR feel that using a Mac is critical to their job function. As employee choice continues to move up the agenda, the traditional Apple doesn’t play well with others, is becoming less relevant than ever before. Not convinced yet that Mac might be a good fit with your enterprise’ needs? Read on to discover why you should offer Mac as a choice!

1. A competitive edge for recruiting talent

78% of Millennials believe having access to the technology they like at work makes them more effective. If given a choice, no less than two third of them would choose an Apple device. We don’t have to remind you that Millennials are the largest incoming workforce, right?

2. Boost employee happiness and productivity

When you consider the cost of staff recruitment, you want to go an extra mile to retain workers rather than to replace them. Retention relies on a lot of things. A raise, opportunities for personal progression, and, of course, using great tools. As Apple products demonstrate remarkably higher user satisfaction levels, employees using the device tend to be happier, more productive, and innovative and are less likely to leave the company. That’s a lot of assurance, no? 

3. Choosing Apple saves you money

What if we told you that you can save up to €600 per device if your employees choose a Mac rather than a PC for work? Not only are employees using a Mac five times less likely to make support requests, choosing Apple also reduces hardware, software, and operational costs. 

4. Security is a priority

Mac offers best-in-class security thanks to the combination of its M1 chip and MacOS Monterey. A safer browsing experience, in mail privacy protection, two-factor authentication, just to name a few of the features that come with purchasing an Apple M1 device. To ensure your technology fleet remains safe, Apple regularly publishes software updates resolving security flaws. As these updates now take place in the background, the operating system remains secure and up to date at all times. Cause your security is Apple’s priority! 

5. Migrating was never easier

With the introduction of iCloud+ earlier this year, Apple has made it super-easy to migrate from one of its devices to another– a measurable cost benefit that’s been confirmed by IBM, stating that five times as many Windows users are experiencing issues when migrating to a new system. 

6. IT becomes a cost benefit

What happens when your IT team no longer needs to spend their time on upgrading computers or resolving issues? They get to do something else! As employees using Macs make five times less support requests than Windows users, your technology experts will have more time to focus on systems integrations, software enhancements, integrating new digital technologies and much more. Say hello to that competitive business advantage!  

7. Technology never dies

Four years after having implemented Apple devices in your IT infrastructure, your Apple equipment retains a relatively high resale value. A thousand-dollar PC may yield €200 four years later, a thousand-dollar Mac, may raise you up to €400. An added value that can be invested in boosting your employee satisfaction even more, no? 

8. Mobile <3 Mac

As enterprises across the globe are increasingly responding to the mobile world, Apple went an extra mile to enable its users to work across Apple devices. Starting to work on one device and switching to another to pick up where you left off? Copy pasting content across devices? Using iOS apps on your notebook? Check, check, double-check!   

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How Technology Can Help You Become An Employer Of Choice

How Technology Can Help You Become An Employer Of Choice

Being recognized as an employer of choice puts you in the driver’s seat for recruiting, hiring, and retaining the best and the brightest. And when the job market is competitive, having potential employees seek you out is a very opportune position to be in. However, being an employer of choice isn’t a status that is easily attained and maintained. It requires a thoughtful and strategic approach that begins with providing right technology. Here’s a list of how technology can facilitate becoming a great place to work! 

1. Create a culture of choice

Today’s employees want the option to pick from several devices. Almost 90% of employees would take a pay cut to use the workplace tools that they prefer. Employers that allow workers to choose between brands of computers, mobile devices, and software that they are familiar and comfortable with, are letting employees shape their on-the-job experience. Not only will they feel valued and cared about, they will also be more productive, creative and efficient as they don’t have to bother learning how to work with new, unfamiliar workplace tools. Freeing up time for creative initiatives and discovering how to be more efficient on the job? Check! 

2. Iron out your internal processes

It’s not only about the tools that you give your employees so they enjoy their work, it is also important to identify where you can remove obstacles and frustrations. How many times have you found yourself cursing the hoops you have to jump through to sign off on the needed workplace tools. Not only is it a waste of time, it’s also an emotional drain. An entirely frictionless employee experience may seem like a dream, but by smoothing out some key processes with the regards of choosing and ordering workplace tools, you’ll definitely get a few steps closer. 

3. Focus on benefits that matter

Different employees, various needs. In today’s workplace, every employee has different expectations when it comes to rewards and recognition. A flexible reward plan, which gives employees the option to choose their own benefits, is the solution to the challenge. But before looking into which flex reward solution best suits your needs, you need to learn more about what your employees value and listen to their feedback. Enrolling a cafeteria plan meeting the needs and values of both the employees and the organization can be a challenging task, but it will be a pleasure to have involved and dedicated employees on board, believe us!

4. Access to information

Employers of choice share information with their employees that ranges from the company’s financial progress and results to the status of their workplace tools. When employees feel ‘in the know’, they understand they are part of something bigger than just their job description which is motivating, exciting and something they are actively looking for when applying for a position. Data is the new gold!  

5. Bring it all together

With our self-developed Workplace Self Service, we can help you empower your employees and become an employer of choice. Our responsibility begins with enabling your employees to request, order and manage the preferred flexible benefits and workplace tools by themselves and this through a simple and secure dashboard. All you have to do is choose a budget and construct a portfolio of available tools per position and function. Our mission continues with delivering the devices pre-configured for work at the location of choice. We also take care of the management, security, and repair. You can watch over as the portal provides a great real-time overview of all workplace assets, simplifying life and reducing the time to manage. 

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The Importance Of Choice In The Workplace

The Importance Of Choice In The Workplace

To choose or let them choose. That is the question to ask when looking into upgrading or replacing workplace devices. For a while, the answer was simple: give everyone the same tools. But, as the COVID-19 crisis has put the world of work upside down, organizations must increasingly start looking for new ways to retain and attract top talent. As technology plays a significant role in either improving or degrading the employee experience, an employee technology choice program might be the ultimate companion in tackling this challenge. Read on to discover why. 

The abrupt closure of many offices and workspaces due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis ushered in a new era of remote work for millions of employed Europeans. As home working is here to stay, many perks businesses typically offer to attract and retain top talent – such as free food, gyms, and a slick office – are unusable. Every organization striving to provide an unmatched employee experience should therefore start looking for new alternatives. While this may seem like a daunting challenge, the solution is quite simple. 

Let’s face it, nobody likes working with technology that feels old, unfamiliar, and substandard. The technology used in the workspace is thus key to improving or degrading the employee experience. Organizations that offer technology options in the form of a choice program do reap the benefits of it. Here are five reasons how giving employees choice in technology can benefit your business.

1. Get the most out of your employees

When enabling employee choice, you let your employees choose among brands of computers and mobile devices that they are familiar and comfortable with to do their jobs. 85% of employees that are given a choice in workplace technology, claim to feel more productive and creative. Arming employees with the tools they want to work with allows them to execute their responsibilities quickly as they don’t have to bother learning how to work with an unfamiliar device. More time and energy thus to put in creative initiatives and discovering how to be more efficient in doing their job. 

2. Boost retention & attract new talent

Although there are a variety of motivators for why an employee chooses one workplace over another, being able to work with their favorite workplace devices is moving up the list. Nearly 70% of workers would be more likely to choose or stay at an organization that offers choice. Giving employees the possibility of choosing their own workplace tools shows that you care about providing them with the opportunities to succeed, boosting retention.

3. Increase job satisfaction

Choice programs show employees that you care about their preferences and opinions. When given the resources they need to be successful, employees feel valued leading to higher job satisfaction and better business outcomes. When debating whether to implement employee choice programs the question should not be why, rather why not.

4. Secure & easy to manage

Many organizations around the globe are focusing on enrolling a future-proof workplace meeting the needs of both remote workers and the future hybrid workplace. Giving your employees the option of choosing their own device will not have the dire consequences many expect. Mobile device management and endpoint security solutions are the bridge to supporting various devices in ways organizations couldn’t in the past. What was once considered a hindrance or even a security threat may now be among the biggest selling points!

5. Profitable & Sustainable

When you decide to offer employee choice, we can help you do it in a profitable and sustainable way. With our self-developed Workplace Self Service portal, we support you through the entire workplace life cycle. Our responsibility begins with enabling your employees to – all by themselves – order and manage the corporate tools they want to work with and ends when the device has reached the end of its shelf time. All you have to do is make a choice in budget and available devices per position and function. We take care of the configuration, delivery, management, and repair. 

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3 tips to better protect your sensitive corporate data​

3 tips to better protect your sensitive
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The corona crisis has fundamentally changed every aspect of our business, going from how we interact with our colleagues to where we work. And these new ways of working are likely to be continued in the post-COVID-19 world. Designing an appropriate, sustainable, and most of all secure working model is crucial to the success of work. Yet successfully reimagining a digital workplace strategy can be challenging. Not anymore, with the following three tips of our CEO, Ulrik Van Schepdael.  

It only took the corona virus a couple of months to completely change the world of work as we knew it. The crisis, so to speak, forced companies to switch to a remote working model. Although this migration went reasonably well in a short period of time, their digital strategy has proven not to be suitable in the long term. To be successful, a structured and most of all secure approach is needed. 

Where companies used to manage everything centrally, they now must organize everything remotely. This requires in-depth security changes and structural adjustments, an accommodation that shouldn’t be taken lightly as cybercrime has increased during the pandemic. The use of personal devices, a lack of privacy and the use of new, unfamiliar technology all provide fertile ground for those looking to profit from cybercrime. In addition, the volume and sophistication of cyber threats, such as Phishing and Ransomware, continues to grow. 

In the face of these risks, organizations seem confident in their security posture. Yet the results of the European Mobile and Remote Working Survey 2021 show that this trust is misplaced. Much more needs to be done to protect sensitive data and to assist employees in preventing potential cyberattacks. Do not worry, with the following three tips from our CEO, Ulrik Van Schepdael, you’ll be on your way to a secure futureproof digital workplace strategy in no time!

1. Properly configure your devices

Did you know that you can avoid 80% of the cyber threats by making sure that corporate and private data are nicely separated? To reduce this risk even further, properly configuring your technology fleet using the latest management tools is the way to go. Secured web browsing, proper encryption, a secured copy paste mechanism are some of the latest examples of good configuration practices.

2. Secure all endpoints

When wanting to prevent cyber threats, it’s important to protect the device and the employee from sharing enterprise data with others. This can be easily done by using an integrated tool to secure all endpoints. A simple and cost-efficient security app will block all phishing attacks without impacting the employee privacy. Even better, it reinforces employee experience by protecting private apps and data.

3. Bring it all together in the Workplace Self Service portal

What if we told you that managing and configuring different devices using various UEM providers is possible via one platform and thus in a very secure way? Yes, you heard it right, one platform: the Workplace Self Service portal. The portal relies on role-based access, only enabling staff members to consult your data and automatically detects and remediates security threats before it gets worse. What more do you need?

Looking for some more tips & tricks on how to successfully shape your future workplace? Download our newest whitepaper, European Mobile & Remote Working Survey 2021, and discover how to unleash the full potential of the digital workplace!

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New Year … New Gear


New Year ... New Gear

To help you leave 2021 in the rearview, we’ve decided to welcome this new year with an overview of the tools needed for a productive 2022. Browse our selection of modern workplace tools to kick-start your most fruitful year yet!

1. MacBook Air M1

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Apple’s MacBook Air has consistently been the go-to MacBook for most people, as it’s a solid entry-level computer. But with the introduction of the M1 chip, the latest MacBook Air is even more powerful than its predecessor and this for the same acquisition price. 

What makes the MacBook Air your new companion in enrolling a productive modern workplace? Its 15-hour battery life, eight-core processor, iOS app support, and better front camera, of course! 

Not convinced yet? To help you get acquainted with the use and advantages of the MacBook Air M1, we invite you, as part of our Apple Try & Buy program, to test the device for free for up to 30 days, no strings attached.  

2. Samsung’s curved monitor CH89

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Extra screen space for graphical applications, a wider image for office documents, efficiently sharing data between two applications, looking over reference material when in a meeting, … A monitor is multitasking at its finest. It increases productivity, reduces stress and time and creates a better environment for increased production. 

With curved displays getting more and more affordable, it might be a good idea to start considering them. On top of a productive modern workplace, Samsung’s latest curved monitor, CH89, is more comfortable for your eyes and offers you a more realistic visual experience. So, what are you waiting for?

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

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What if we told you that it’s possible to replace your computer with a connected solution for remote work? 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 simply delivers everything you need for remote productivity in one connected workspace: native integrations to productivity apps such as Microsoft Office, blazing fast connectivity due to its 5G connection, a fast-charging and long-lasting battery, expendable storage room, just to name a few. 

Even if you’re not looking to replace your computer by a mobile device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is the way to go to get more done. Thanks to Samsung DeX, you can instantly transform your tablet into a PC Experience or use your tablet as a second screen, no cabled required. 

4. iPhone 13 Pro

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Apple’s newest iPhone 13 Pro is a great business phone for those who work on the move. With its 5G for super fast downloads and high-quality video conferencing, lightning fast A15 bionic chip for supercharged productivity and huge leap in battery life for up to 22 hours of video playback, working from anywhere and at any given time is now easier than ever. 

5. Fairphone 4

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Do you deeply care about the environment and are you looking for a qualitative, low threshold smartphone to empower you in the modern workplace? Then Fairphone’s latest smartphone, the Fairphone 4, might just be what you are looking for!

The Fairphone 4 is a sustainable and ethical phone that is built to last thanks to its modular, upgradeable design. Replacing a broken screen or an old battery can be done in minutes using just a screwdriver. Good for the world, even better for your wallet!  

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7 Items That Are Indispensable For A Productive Home Office ​


7 items that are indispensable for
a productive home office

With the government’s recent efforts to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak, we find ourselves working from home again four days a week. One way for mobco to play its part is by helping you create a comfortable home office environment where you feel productive. Read on to discover exactly which elements can help boost your productivity and overall comfort. 

While a good desk and an ergonomic chair contribute to creating a comfortable home office environment, there is still one more element which will boost both your productivity and level of comfort: office accessories. And let that be where we can contribute. 

1. A well-performing computer or laptop

This is basically the foundation nowadays: a computer or laptop that performs well, is equipped with the latest software and so is meeting your needs and requirements. Whether you’re a Windows or Apple lover, with our wide assortment of Apple and Dell hardware, we have something in store for everyone.

2. A monitor can do wonders

A second monitor is the closest you can get to a productivity superpower. An additional screen makes so many tasks easier —designing, writing and researching – and makes multitasking more approachable. Want the same screen fidelity and experience as with your current set up? Then buying the same model is the way to go. 

3. Snag a good mouse and keyboard

Even though mice and keyboards are often ignored for flashier equipment, they play a crucial role in improving productivity and comfort. While we at WIRED love mechanical keyboards, we also have other, more subtle options. 

4. Consider buying a laptop stand

The benefit of using a laptop is that you don’t need to be confined to a desk, you can work from anywhere. When working from home, sometimes a change of scenery feels necessary. Whether you’re working at the kitchen table or from the couch, a stand will add the needed stability. 

5. Grab a multi-port hub

If you’re plugging a laptop into a monitor, chances are that you’ll need to plug in other items like a keyboard, a mouse, charging cable or maybe even an SD card too. That’s where an adapter comes in. whether you’re a Mac or Windows user, need additional USB or USB -C ports, we ensure you, you’ll find the adapter that best suits your needs in our store.

6. Tune the world out, invest in headphones

Ride that focus a bit longer, consider buying a headset or EarPods with built-in noise canceling. Continuing to work undisturbed? Check! 

7. Take the office experience to the next level, invest in a TV

While some might argue that it’s a distraction, having a TV in your workspace could potentially make you more productive, especially in this digital age. Tuning in for research, a larger secondary display, more pleasant video calls, some background noise, … Do we need to go on? Grab your specimen today. 

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