Future of Workspaces: Rethinking the Hybrid Corporate Setup

Jun 27, 2022Corporate


It is no secret the world is going through an important transition – the pandemic has fundamentally altered the way we relate to the space around us. As economies open and start to embrace the new normal, person-to-person proximity is a concern inherent to conference rooms, auditoriums, workspaces and classrooms. For enterprises, navigating the pandemic and staying afloat in its wake is an unprecedented operational challenge.


Embracing flexibility and resilience above all, business continuity has now taken form in hybrid work spaces. No longer restricted to desks and chairs, the reality of living and working in modern societal conditions means blurred lines between work, collaboration and multimedia engagement, as everyday activities are inundated with various digital options.


Furthermore, evolving towards an agile environment that supports the changing nature of work requires a modernisation of the office portfolio. Human resources and information technology departments are constantly thinking of strategic planning, change management and how physical work spaces can be moulded to entice workers back into the office.


Marking a shift in general perceptions, the pandemic has also given rise to environmental consciousness amongst businesses, consumers and governments. Academic studies on green workplace practices in manufacturing[1] and enterprise sectors in Southeast Asian countries[2] has found that green innovation showcases a significant positive effect on firm performance and intrinsic motivation. With an increasing demand for environmentally responsible options that offer flexibility across video conference calls, fuss-free printing and home-based entertainment, there is a strong inclination for versatile options that assist work-life balance.


Maximising and maintaining operational productivity should not be a hindrance but instead, seamless. To facilitate a smooth transition to your home, office and industry set-up in the new normal, Epson’s suite of visual products and printers offer spatial and functional modalities specifically tailored to everyday needs, no matter the environment.


Choose Heat-Free Printing for Responsible and Effective Solutions to Everyday Needs

Printing is an essential service for many industries, particularly for highly confidential, secure documentation like legal contracts, accounting ledgers and undisclosed proprietary technologies. Educational pursuits across all levels further necessitates the printing of schoolwork, such as mock examination papers and academic research. Regardless of it being a corporate office or a home-based school and work set-up, Epson’s Heat-Free Technology provides the solution to your everyday needs, while doing more for the environment.


As the world’s leading ink tank printer provider for 11 years running[3], Epson’s Heat-Free Inkjet Printers such as the EcoTank range and Business Inkjet Printer series allows home users and businesses to drastically save costs via energy efficiency, while delivering quality and fast production speeds. For engineers and architects who require specialised printing solutions, the Epson T-Series Large Format Printers enables crisp precision down to minute details, suited for technical line drawings and professional posters produced in a matter of seconds[4].


Known for its exceptional reliability and dependable performance, Epson’s EcoTank and Business Inkjet Printers are powered by PrecisionCore Heat-Free Technology, the eco-friendly choice which does not use heat in its ink ejection process. Compared to laser printers, Epson’s printers emit 85% less carbon dioxide[5] – an important aspect of responsible printing in the fight against climate change. Its high-capacity replaceable ink packs also provide users with an ultra-high page yield while keeping print costs low, with a spill-free bottle design that makes refills fuss-free. This reduces waste with fewer replacements and downtime compared to laser printers, due to minimal maintenance.


Bolstering eco-innovation is the revolutionary Epson PaperLab – the world’s first dry office paper making system[6] that turns used paper into fresh new sheets of paper – which helps businesses achieve minimised carbon footprint while ensuring information security. On-demand solutions for labelling such as the Epson ColorWorks and LabelWorks further reduce material waste. With ColorWorks solutions, no pre-printing is required, hence providing users with enhanced production capability. For the latter, LabelWorks’ usage of LK tape can save up to 60% with shorter lead waste margin compared to industry competitors. These printers are engineered to maximise your tape labels and reduce tape wastage with one of the smallest lead waste margins. This way, LabelWorks users can get more value for every roll of tape, with less unused tape wastage.


The myriad of benefits from Heat-Free Technology allows for enhanced productivity while minimising our impact on the environment, to support a wide range of learning, working and lifestyles without compromise.


Improve Remote Co-Working Strategies While Enhancing Home Entertainment 

With the convergence of work and play at home, elevating your space to the next level might be the go-to way to revamp home territories into a versatile one. The evolution of smart homes has become filled with product designs that go beyond matching the home interior, but one that serves a practical function in transforming your place from a house to a home.


Step away from staring into a tiny screen to a scalable viewing experience that provides function and flexibility across working and lifestyle options. Epson’s best-in-class laser projectors are designed to reduce environmental footprint with its small and compact size, while lasting up to 20,000 hours[7] for maintenance-free usage. Incorporating both sustainability and efficiency features in its production and manufacturing, users can enjoy significant energy consumption savings without jeopardising colour brightness, contrast nor image quality. Alongside the integration of interactive apps like Epson Online Meetings App powered by Zoom[8], YouTube[9] and Google Play[9], Epson’s projectors offer seamless connectivity and smart collaboration all in one package – while helping to embed sustainability into your everyday.


Not to mention, as people spend more time indoors, there has been an increase in entertainment consumption from the comfort of their own home. From streaming services to virtual concerts, Epson’s home projectors boast impressive features like frame interpolation technology[8] and 4K resolution[8]. These capabilities are bound to amaze with the very best immersive and larger-than-life visual experiences, while being easier on the eyes.


Suited for a variety of home entertainment applications such as movie nights, competitive gaming and sports event screenings, Epson’s home projectors reproduce vibrant colours to bring the whole gamut of creative expression to life, whilst improving environmental performance.


To enjoy more of life’s joys and achievements on a big screen, Epson’s home projectors are the perfect companion to bring you from workday meetings to night-time fun. Whether it’s taking an important conference call or bringing the magic of cinema home, Epson has revolutionised projector innovation for over thirty years to deliver unparalleled visual excellence. The ultimate big screen experience awaits.


Technology Drives The Office Revolution

As businesses navigate the new world of hybrid workspaces, one thing is clear – flexible workplace arrangements are here to stay. EY’s 2021 Work Reimagined Employee Survey[10] has revealed that nine in ten employees want work flexibility, and continued technology investment is key to improving the employee experience.


Determining an appropriate response to changing employee expectations and sentiments regarding where, and how they work, is essential to keeping talent productive in the workforce. With demands for more and better technology in the future of work, Epson’s eco-friendly innovations promote increasingly flexible ways of working for effective collaboration across multiple work environments – be it at home or in the office.


[1] Buli ´nska-Stangrecka, H.; Bagie ´nska, A. “Culture-Based Green Workplace Practices as a Means of Conserving Energy and Other Natural Resources in the Manufacturing Sector”. Energies 2021, 14, 6305. https://doi.org/10.3390/ en14196305

[2] SYAFRI, W. et al. (2021) “The Impact of Workplace Green Behavior and Green Innovation on Green Performance of SMEs: A Case Study in Indonesia,” The Journal of Asian Finance, Economics and Business. Korea Distribution Science Association, 8(5), pp. 365–374. doi: 10.13106/JAFEB.2021.VOL8.NO5.0365.

[3] No. 1 Ink Tank Printer Vendor Worldwide for 11 years running (2010-2020), based on IDC WW Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, Q2 2021.

[4] Applies to prints on plain paper. Print speed is subject to media type.

[5] Annual CO2 output calculations were based on JEMAI-LCA Pro. Cedar tree CO2 absorption calculations were based on Japan Forestry Agency standards of 8.8kg CO2 per annum per tree.

[6] PaperLab is the first office paper making system to use a dry process, based on Epson research conducted in November 2016.

[7]   No required maintenance for the light source and filter up to 20,000 hours. Approximate time until brightness decreases 50% from first usage. Measured by acceleration test assuming use of 0.04 – 0.20 mg/m3 of particulate matter. Time varies depending on usage conditions and environment. Replacement of parts other than the light source may be required in a shorter period.

[8] Applicable for selected models only.

[9] Applicable for selected models only. Google, Google Play, YouTube, Android TV and other marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Google Assistant is not available in certain languages and countries. Availability of services varies by country and language. Some apps require paid subscriptions. Require wireless network connection of 5 mps or faster.

[10] Ernst & Young, “More than half of employees globally would quit their jobs if not provided post-pandemic flexibility, EY survey finds”, last modified 12 May 2021. https://www.ey.com/en_gl/news/2021/05/more-than-half-of-employees-globally-would-quit-their-jobs-if-not-provided-post-pandemic-flexibility-ey-survey-finds

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