What is Workspace as a Service?

 

Millennials (ages 18-34 in 2015) are the largest share of the American workforce, according to the Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. One of the top requests of Millennials in the workplace is for an improved work/life balance. These workers would like to take additional maternity leave, spend more time with their children, live in a less expensive area, avoid long commutes to work, take care of their home, travel, and pursue hobbies. Technology provides employees an opportunity to complete their work duties away from the office.

Workspace as a Service meets the demand for workplace flexibility. The service provides a virtual desktop through the user logging into a browser based service. From there, your IT company will install software and operating system updates on a remote server, instead of the local PC.

How do use the virtual workspace?
On a traditional workspace, a worker is confined to a single computer. With virtual workspaces, workers can access their desktops from the devices of their choosing, whether it’s a work or home computer. They would simply need to open a web browser, and then log into the workspace service. Afterwards, the workers will see a standard computer desktop, complete with Windows operating system, office productivity software, and unified communications functions. The workspaces can be personalized with preferred settings from wallpapers, icons, shortcuts, and more. Furthermore, workers can use their existing software licenses on the workspace or download an application from the service's marketplace.

Virtual workspaces are accessible on:

• PC
• Mac
• Chromebook
• iPad
• Kindle Fire
• Android


Benefits

• Supports work/life balance efforts
• Anywhere access on any device
• Encourages growth of branch offices
• More frequent and comprehensive workspace management
• Reduced need to purchase additional devices
• In the event of a malware attack, the workspaces won't contaminate other devices on a company network


As a side note, there is an ongoing debate amongst Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Gen-Xers (born 1961-1981), and Millennials on whether employees should do their work in the office under a supervisor watch versus completing their work on their own at home. While Baby Boomers and Gen-Xer supervisors may favor working in the office, flexibility in working conditions needs to be taken into greater consideration. A key reason for Millennials to look for new work is because they desire to improve their work/life balance, and they are willing to take a pay cut or relocate for the opportunity. Like it or not, the demand for workplace flexibility will increase as more millenials enter the workforce. Ultimately, supervisors would need to judge if flexibility and productivity will mix with certain employees.


SwiftTech Solutions can set up virtual workspaces for your remote employees. We'll run updates to the operating system and application software on an ongoing basis. For more information about our Workspace as a Service, please contact us by calling 877-794-3811 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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