A lot is changing in the working world with new models and a different work culture. The advancements in technology allow us to work from different locations at different times, and even from home. There also is the generation Y, which introduces quite different expectations to the working world compared to their predecessors. Mobility and fun at work plays a role nowadays, as well as a healthy work-life balance. Yet, with all these new factors, we must not forget one thing: more than half of the current workplaces still use a traditional stationary desk.
Despite mobility, the traditional desk-based stationary workplace is here to stay
A Gartner study confirms that in 2017, 54 percent of office workplaces remain stationary. Even if the number decreased comparing to the previous year, we still must not ignore this fact. Long ways, tangled cables, a low safety level, poor networking and high energy consumption are among the possible nuisances of working on a stationary desk.
In order to avoid these, Fujitsu experts brought the project “Hyper Efficient Workplace (HEWP)” into being. In fact, the name says it all. From baby boomers and millennials to the new digital natives, the efficiency of the office workplace is the deciding factor, as well as energy consumption. All employees, no matter which generation they belong to, should be able to work as efficiently and comfortably as possible.
An intelligent overall concept aimed against power and efficiency issues
Taking a closer look at the “classic” once more, we can quickly define the necessary components. What we need for work is a desktop PC, a telephone, usually two displays or screens as well as a mouse and a keyboard. Also, there are other components aimed at improving functionality and comfort. We need electricity and sockets for all those devices. This leads to problems which many employers know by heart. There are not enough power sockets; your feet get caught up in the clutter of wires with multiple sockets and extensions. And all devices consume power continuously. HEWP is targeted against these power and efficiency traps.
For example with a solution consisting of the mini PC ESPRIMO Q957, two screens and a Workplace Connect Kit. The special socket strip allows quick access for all end devices. At the end of the workday an employee can easily disconnect all users with a simple click and save energy. The ESPRIMO has a power-saving Low Power Active Mode, which also becomes active every time an employee leaves their workplace. In addition, the mini PC is extremely quiet and its small size makes your workplace tidy. After a 10-second timeout period (a defined period of inactivity), the mini PC switches to the “Dimmed Mode” and reduces brightness of the display automatically. After another 30 seconds the BacklightOff Mode is turned on and the display switches off.
All necessary processes remain active and available – despite saving mode
After one more minute on Low Power Active Mode, it is not the usual standby that is activated but the mini PC simply shuts down only all unnecessary processes. All the rest remains active and available. Now, for example, if you have an incoming call via Skype for Business, you can simply answer it immediately. This is one of the many advantages of the special Low Power Active Mode, which still saves energy. In sum, significant improvements can be achieved with all components in many areas. You work better and more comfortably in an ergonomic and well-organized workplace design.
Thanks to the Skype for Business component, which replaces the traditional telephone, employees are always available. The Hyper Efficient Workplace, however, mostly scores with its low energy consumption. Taking a year that has 224 working days and 141 work-free days, we can easily take advantage of very high energy savings potentials for a traditional stationary workplace. During one working day employees can save up to 70% on energy. The entire project can make a great contribution to a better environment and the society also just by improving a workplace model, which is all too often forgotten in the hyper-networked world.
This post was originally published by Jörg Langer on our regional blog (German) here.