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As we cross the one-year mark since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores, there’s one undeniable learning curve many companies had to navigate – the importance of staying connected with their workforce. 

While many companies might prefer the BYOD (bring-your-own-device) model of running their business it’s been found to be less effective than investing in tech for your workforce. There are also plenty of benefits that will save your company in the long run when it comes to investing in devices that boost your workforce’s productivity – be it in the office or remotely. 

Here are four ways you can boost your company proficiency by investing in the best for your online staff: 

It’s easier to secure company data. 

When it comes to securing sensitive business information and data, it’s a lot harder to ensure security across your workforce if employees are all using different brands and models of personal laptops. It’s also harder to ensure security is maintained on those devices during personal use. A tried and tested way to avoid this is by providing your staff with devices that have been secured with software that helps prevent the infiltration and damage of malware or viruses that open users to the risk of hackers. On supplied devices, managing and upkeeping the security software on the hardware of these devices can be done with ease through your IT department. 

It streamlines your IT processes. 

Ensuring that your workforce is empowered with devices that are installed with the needed software controlled by your company allows for a streamlined IT team and employee relationship. This way your IT department is familiar with the devices and all the possible issues – leading to quicker and more efficient IT solutions and services being handled. Having a set number of supplied devices given to your workforce also helps to ease the burden on the ITDMs (Integrated Technology Device Manufacturers) who oversee the structuring and management of IT departments. 

Quality assurance is a breeze. 

When your staffers are equipped with the same devices, it also allows your company ease of mind when it comes to the quality assurance of those devices. With personal laptops, it’s harder to know the performance rate, speed, or storage capacity these devices have to be able to hold, or where the device is in its lifespan. By providing laptops to your workforce, you’re able to ensure that the devices are in peak condition and equally efficient across the board.  

It boosts employee morale and can become a perk to the job. 

Providing your workforce with efficient and quality devices will help to boost morale as your employees will feel more valued and cared for in their work environment. It can also be added to the overall company culture as a perk of the job, where employees are ensured a quality machine to help them be their most comfortably productive selves. 

The right device will make all the difference for your workforce. 

When it comes to choosing the device that will meet all your business needs and keep your company and employee data safe and secure. You also need a laptop that is built for business in our new world where remote working conditions are still in play across the country – especially with digital businesses. 

HP’s EliteBook laptop range boasts this ability and claims to be the brand’s most secure and manageable PCs to date. Not only do these laptops have a premium and sleek design that’s appealing to the user, but they also ensure innovating engineering and high-quality materials. Additionally, given the spike in staffers having to plug-in from home this past year, HP’s EliteBook range have been designed with this virtual working space in mind – allowing businesses to stay connected even when apart. The devices boast a high-resolution webcam and high-quality sound capabilities - perfect for those remote meeting calls. 

The security features on HP’s EliteBook have similarly been strengthened to keep employees protected in the office and their homes. The Elite PCs are designed to safeguard the device, company data, and employee identity information. The range includes security features such as HP Sure Start Gen4 self-healing BIOS, HP Sure View Gen2 integrated privacy screen, and a variety of biometric security features as well. 

It’s important to evaluate these features when choosing a device to supply to your workforce but investing in tech will save your company in the long run. Allowing your company to be pandemic-proof when it comes to productivity and a seamless connection experience. 

This post is sponsored by HP produced by BrandStudio24 for Business Insider SA.