Over the past 20 years, technological advances have literally transformed our ability to not only recruit, hire and train remote employees, but also to keep those employees and the business environment safe and secure. And surveys have shown that employees who work from home report a 25% reduction in their stress levels, with 86% of telecommuters also claiming that they are more productive in their home office. Meanwhile, remote working can also benefit employers by saving them money on property costs and office supplies by ensuring there are fewer in-house employees to account for.
So how do you do it?
Protect Your Business Data
With 45 percent of the workforce now spending much, or all, of their time working from home, C-Suite executives are beginning to recognize the benefits of a home-based workforce. However, one of the primary concerns for every business contemplating a work-at-home employment strategy is always security. It’s one thing to let your staff work remotely, and another to ensure the data they are working on is protected and secure.
It may seem simple but it’s crucial to make sure your employees understand common cybersecurity guidelines, and set up company-wide policies for accessing data. Educate staff on best practices and how to protect their work, like setting up secure business VPN.
Offer Cloud-Based Solutions
If your company is still operating in the dark ages and using outdated hardware, now is the time to update your processes. For remote workers, using cloud-based technologies and mobile-friendly software is a must. Cloud-based software tools like Microsoft Sharepoint offers the flexibility and accessibility that remote teams require. Your remote employees will be able to access, share and collaborate on information across multiple devices, no matter where they are in the world.
Additionally, these new technologies offer an answer to industry concerns regarding cybersecurity. By implementing cloud technologies, employees are issued a secure access point to company data and applications, so employers can retain peace of mind knowing that their company’s precious assets are stored safely and securely.
Provide the Right Tools
Before sending your employees out into the remote working world, ensure your facility is set up to handle a whole new way of working. Employees who remain in the office full-time will need modern tools and technologies to connect with the remote workforce. This means providing appropriately sized displays in conference rooms, establishing call conferencing solutions and even looking into augmented and virtual reality options. Investing in the best-of-the-best communication technologies will ensure your remote team can collaborate as if they were sitting right next to each other.
In addition to tools your employees will use to conduct their work, communication tools like Slack or Microsoft Teams are vital for connecting employees across different regions. In order for these tools to be used effectively however, it is crucial you invest the time in properly training your entire workforce on the new technologies’ functionalities.
If you’re considering making the transition to remote-based work, but are unsure of how to start, let us know. With over 500 secure cloud migrations, we’re the experts.