Hybrid work: what working life looks like after the pandemic

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Working from home has brought many advantages with it, however, the importance of a good internet signal is fundamental to carry out daily tasks. Complete Communication and Energy Network infrastructure solutions from Furukawa Electric may be the answer to this problem. 

The year 2020 changed the world as we knew it in many different ways. That year, what we now call the “new normal” began and, although it may have been worrisome at first, more and more benefits are beginning to be discovered around this new way of living. The months spent in confinement showed that employees could be just as productive if they worked from home and that set the tone for companies to implement what we know as “hybrid work” once the pandemic was over. Furukawa Electric, a manufacturer of complete Communication and Energy Network infrastructure solutions, comments on the advantages that this new way of working was able to offer.

Hybrid work is the combination of face-to-face work with remote work. Most of the companies were forced to implement the latter at the peak of the pandemic, which prevented employees from being physically present at their workplace and, consequently, they had to look for solutions. However, two years after one of the millennium’s greatest changes, some aspects of life began to return to what they were; work is not one of them.

What are the benefits of hybrid work for employees?

●    More flexibility: they can choose where they want to work from and, in some cases, they can even manage their own schedules.
●    Greater satisfaction: by having more flexibility and autonomy in the workplace, employees are happier and, in turn, that makes them perform better. 
●    Work-life balance improvements: By saving time with commuting, employees can also organize their day in a way that allows them to make better use of their free time. 

Beyond the benefits that hybrid work provides for both employees and employers, there is a fundamental problem for those who, with the new normal, are now working from home: the Internet. In order for them to be able to perform their tasks, the fiber optics that used to be provided by the office must now be available at home. For that, Furukawa Electric proposes FTTx, Fiber To the Anywhere technology: fiber optics to the home. 

Fiber optics to the home offers greater speed and arrives at the destination without any losses. It is a wire installation made of transparent material that can be made of glass or plastic and involves low attenuation, a high capacity to transport data and a large bandwidth that arrives intact to the home. In addition, FTTx is immune to electromagnetic interference as fiber cables carry light photons instead of electrical currents. Its only drawback may be that it is more delicate or expensive when compared to other methods such as coaxial cable.

Lucas Samyn, responsible for pre-sale engineering in products and applications for the Southern Cone of Furukawa Electric, comments that “the arrival of a hybrid work modality implies that collaborators require good internet bandwidth. FTTx cables offer a host of advantages. After the pandemic, employers were forced to rethink their path and technological evolution to support the new demands and speeds, which are given through preconectorized FTTx systems. ”