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Modern Workplace Blog Series: Collaboration in a Hybrid Modern Workplace

Welcome to the Modern Workplace Blog Series where we explore the important pillars that small and medium sized businesses should be focusing on to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving digital world.


Collaboration and communication are the lifeblood of any successful business.

When teams across the country were forced to work remotely in 2020, it pushed the need for streamlined collaboration into overdrive. As a result, business leaders had the unexpected advantage of running a flexible work environment, gathering data and insight into how productive their teams could be while working remotely.

Now, many businesses are re-structuring their remote working policies to allow more staff flexibility even though their teams are free to return to the office.

Moving forward the modern workplace will encompass a hybrid style of work with staff splitting their time between the office and home. Key to enabling the modern workplace is the ability to facilitate communication and collaboration with each other, partners and customers at a moment’s notice, no matter where your team members are.

Your technology selection plays a vital role in this and there are several key considerations to address when deciding on your next big purchase – here are the top three.

1. Quality video conferencing

Nothing will ever truly replace the personable experience of face-to-face interactions, which is why your team’s devices need high-quality camera and microphone capabilities. Microsoft Surface for Business lets your team leverage Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ and HD cameras1 to provide a stunning meeting experience and when combined with virtual meeting and calls capabilities inside Microsoft Teams, it’s akin to an actual face-to-face meeting.

2. Ability to co-author and share files and documentation

How often have you had to walk over to a colleague’s desk and ask for the most recent version of a document? Or even more frustratingly, sift through an endless chain of emails to locate the version you need? In today’s fast-paced business environment your teams need the ability to quickly locate, share, and co-author a single document to avoid such headaches and aid optimal productivity. Microsoft Teams, available with Microsoft Surface for Business devices enables such capabilities – create a document, easily share and co-edit with other departments and get the job completed in an efficient, collaborative, and stress-free manner.

3. Instant messaging that compliments user experience

Video conferencing, and emails are fantastic, but there are always day to day interactions across every business that don’t warrant either type of communication. Think quick questions you might propose to your desk neighbour, or the off-handed strategy discussions next to the coffee machine. These types of interactions are perfect for instant messaging with a remote team. Microsoft Teams, available with Microsoft Surface for Business devices has an intuitive instant messaging platform that delivers a range of customisable features and settings that compliments the user experience without being over-bearing.

With vast expertise across multiple industries, our Solutions team can help to provide tailored solutions and advice that can transform your organisation. Whatever your situation, we can help you identify the best Microsoft Surface solution to meet your needs and get the most out of your

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