Quocirca has published the third edition of its Global Print 2025 study, analysing how print and digital convergence is shaping today’s workplace. ‘The Future of Work, 2025’ reveals that post-pandemic transformation is proceeding at pace and that the role and requirements of the modern workplace are undergoing fundamental changes.
As the energy crisis and ‘Great Resignation’ add increasing complexity to decisions by both employers and employees on the balance between home and office working, changes are set to continue.
Key findings include:
Louella Fernandes, Director of Quocirca said, “offering a flexible, hybrid work environment with a rich variety of enabling technology can help retain talent by putting put the employee, rather than the building, at the centre of the corporate experience. Additionally, employers must be mindful of the impact of the energy crisis. This may prompt more employees to consider returning to the office to reduce home energy consumption, but businesses will also be aiming for efficiency in their office footprint to minimise energy costs and emissions.”
Louella said, “there is a clear change in how employees perceive the role and purpose of offices. The focus is on occasional in-person collaboration rather than daily work.”
Louella said, “we will see print provision becoming more flexible and cloud-based, with print being reserved for high-value documents and customer-facing communications, rather than day-to-day use. This also aligns with companies’ drive towards the less-paper office.”
Louella said, “sustainability has a strong influence on business decision-making. Therefore, suppliers must ensure they are communicating environmental benefits alongside efficiency and financial benefits.”
Louella added, “print manufacturers must prioritise diversifying their offerings to incorporate in-demand services such as security and cloud print capabilities if they are to deepen their customer relationships. We are already seeing manufacturers innovating around security, cloud, and sustainability; exploring the IT services space for themselves. We expect to see more of this as the sector strives to retain relevance with customers.”
The study was conducted among 1021 office workers and 521 IT decision-makers in SMBs and large enterprises in the UK, France, Germany, and the US.