Hybrid work model: renting a laptop or personal computer is the key to success

It seems like just yesterday that companies from various sectors had to hastily implement home offices in order not to affect productivity at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic. Well, more than two years later, the virus is still circulating among us, but luckily we’ve created mechanisms (read vaccines) to deal with it.

The same can be said for working remotely. After initial resistance, various organizations are currently pushing the hybrid model, allowing people to work from their homes on certain days of the week. However, more than the new reality, this popularization was fueled by the development of specific services, which include the rental of equipment, such as laptops and computers.

These machines represent the main working tool for various professions. Through them, people have access to the corporate network, get information and, of course, carry out their daily activities. The impact is so great that it has become unthinkable for a company to survive without the support of computers in its operations.

No wonder, according to the Annual Survey of IT Usage, conducted by the Center for Applied Information Technology Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGVCia), there were 205 million computers, laptops and tablets in use in Brazil in June 2022 – still this year we should reach the figure of one device per inhabitant in the country. In the last two decades, there has been a 48% increase in the use of these machines.

The numbers only show the importance of this equipment for companies and people. These are tools that directly affect the productivity of professionals. Who has never been under stress and had problems with a computer that took a long time to turn on or crashed when opening difficult programs? Having the best machines is therefore an important differentiator for business success.

Inside the office, it was not difficult to control the quality of these devices. The IT team was able to perform appropriate maintenance, ensuring maximum efficiency or even request a replacement when necessary. But what about the scenario where the employee works from home most of the week? How to ensure that the equipment corresponds to the goals and interests of the organization?

Forcing a person to use a personal computer for work raises a number of issues that affect the efficiency of the machine and, of course, the productivity of the professional. The main problem is, of course, in relation to digital security. Your computer will not have the same antivirus program and access permissions used in a business environment. This increases the risk of data leakage and theft.

In addition, there is also the question of use. If a person uses the same equipment for work and play, this means that they will have different applications that use the same operating system, storage, among other resources. Professional software literally shares space with other programs such as video games, streaming services, etc. There is a clear loss of efficiency, which can compromise employee performance over time.

These are questions that could threaten the hybrid work model. But precisely to solve this situation, the outsourcing of computers and laptops has been consolidated in the last few years. Instead of buying a computer for every professional to work from home, which results in high expenses for acquisition and maintenance, companies have started renting these machines so that employees have the best structure.

In this way, the organization can offer a device that already meets the desired technical and security standards, and the professional gets a high-end computer or laptop to perform his tasks without the need to use personal devices. It’s a win-win relationship and, more importantly, at a much lower cost than simply purchasing this equipment.

The computer and laptop rental market is developing rapidly and should consolidate even more in the Brazilian scenario. The performance of companies with know-how in technological solutions ensures the success of such projects, encouraging other organizations to bet on the home office without fear, because their employees will be well equipped and ready to perform their tasks without taking risks.

Rodrigo Reis, commercial director and partner at Reis Office.

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