The corona pandemic has had a huge impact on the way we do our work. The need for flexible workplaces was already steadily rising in recent years, but the massive home working during the lockdown accelerated it. What was needed: a cloud environment that works well and is supported by skilled IT experts.
The transition to place-, time- and device-independent working is also high on the agenda of municipalities, says Frank van Leeuwen, expert in the field of the modern workplace at Centric. “That doesn't just stop at the workplace, but everything around it also has to be organized.” He lists the questions they need to answer: “Think about: Who is there and who is not in the office? Can you scale down offices or can you suffice with smaller housing? How can we still have good meetings if we are not all in the office?"
Not ready yet for effective video conferencing
Bert van Lith, information manager at the municipality of Rijswijk, recognizes these questions. “A number of colleagues work from home and some at the office,” he outlines. We are not yet well equipped to allow those people to effectively have video conferences together. A lot of attention is needed to guide colleagues in this new way of working. That certainly doesn't happen automatically, because there are colleagues who would like to go back to the old situation."
Many municipalities are supported and advised by Centric for their IT services. Centric has now signed a hybrid work agreement with cloud provider Microsoft. This allows users to take advantage of the latest technologies from Microsoft, and Centric's support in implementing them.