The world, and how we work within it, is changing. By next year, the global mobile workforce is projected to reach 1.75 billion people – 42% of the world’s workforce. In Australia, one in three regularly works from home, and 71% of us work remotely least a day and a half a week.
Socially, it harmonises work and life, does away with tiresome commutes’ and saves on overhead. There are so many pros when it comes to working from home it’s hard to consider an issue. Except for maybe, security and oversight.
Managing a mobile workforce comes with a new set of logistics and planning with security and continuity as main priorities. To have an effective remote workforce, organisations need to ensure they can offer their people the same experience as in the office.
This includes the ability to operate without disruption, securely and with access to shared drives from anywhere. It also means having a robust communication system to unify people to chat, collaborate on a single document or open relevant files.
Online freeware can assist in many cases, however, it takes the management out of it and with it an organisation’s control of its data and more importantly — its security. Ways to close these gaps is by creating online systems to monitor remote workers and their devices’ security and also creating cloud infrastructure to support people in getting work done and working together, no matter where they are.
Organisations with a majority, frequent or increase of remote workers should consider supporting this with a control centre. This would enable an IT manager to upgrade systems and devices, monitor security and compliance and obtain real-time insights to ensure technology is efficient.
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager can enable this type of oversight. It also assists in supporting organisations with people that bringing in their own devices (BYOD), use business hardware and access corporate resources.
Security awareness training is also a great tool for upping security. Many people will switch onto the WiFi at a café and access corporate files unaware of the potential risk to be hacked in an open, unknown environment.
As technology progresses, with new platforms and better tools, like virtual reality
replacing video conferencing, it’s going to continue to become easier and easier to WFH. Ensure you follow the trend by making it easier for your employees to do this seamlessly without risk to corporate data.
To achieve continuity and security — regular maintenance and the right kind of infrastructure will keep everything going. Get in touch to better manage your workplace flexibility.