EMOTE WORK — THE FUTURE OF WORK IS HERE
Remote work has been consistently growing over the past years, yet 2020 brought in the biggest ‘remote work big bang’ in history, fast-forwarding its adoption years into the future and changing the way we work — forever.
By the end of 2019, aka in the pre-pandemic era, three-quarters¹ of knowledge workers already said they’d prefer to quit their in-office job for one that offers remote work. Soon 2020 ushered in the unexpected, with full lockdowns and office closures forcing organizations around the world into what can be described as a ‘remote work race’’. A sudden pressing need to switch to fully remote workforces, as soon as possible, to keep their flywheels running.
Of course that wasn’t easy for companies who had little-to-no knowledge on how to manage remote workforces and/or secure a remote IT infrastructure.
Today, almost a year later, the words ‘’working remotely’’ no longer sound peculiar even to the companies who least believed in it. Whereby, news headlines² of giant companies allowing employees to work remotely on a permanent basis feel ‘logical’, as opposed to how shocking they would’ve felt not that long ago.
In fact, 74% of companies today plan to make that shift permanent or adopt a more long-term remote work approach post the pandemic3. Also, employees’ desire to have more flexible remote work arrangements4 is now higher than ever before. Hence, it’s safe to say remote work may become a huge factor in attracting and retaining top talent from 2021 onwards.
BUT WHY IS THAT?
The proven perks5 of this global remote work experiment must be so tempting to have both businesses and employees seek to maintain it on a permanent basis. Let’s take a brief look at the numbers:
Cost efficiency: 77% of executives state that working from home may mean significantly lower operating costs6. Also, nearly six out of ten employers identify cost savings as a significant benefit of telecommuting7.
Employee Satisfaction: 80% of employees note that remote work significantly reduces job-related stress8. Whereby, 50% of remote employees say working from home has reduced their sick leave days, and 56% state that it reduced their absences9.
Remote Work Challenges
It’s not all hearts and flowers for admins and IT professionals. Managing a remote workforce can be challenging, especially when it comes to crucial things like measuring team productivity, understanding collaboration, and optimizing workflows — unless businesses use the right tools.
Likewise, scaling a robust IT infrastructure and guarding it with a powerful and reliable Cloud security tool is PIVOTAL. That is to protect businesses against cybersecurity hazards like external cyberattacks, data privacy breaches, and other information security risks.
In fact, these TWO challenges may as well be the main reasons why some businesses were reluctant to adopt remote work until it became necessary. Now let’s dig a little deeper.
REMOTE WORK SECURITY
Cybercriminals love to prey on global trends like remote work to sharpen their attacks. The vast majority of businesses have witnessed a significant rise in cyberattacks since the pandemic began and employees started working remotely10.
But then again almost all of these attacks have something in common, it’s that they mainly target two vulnerabilities:
- Outdated security infrastructures
- Employee error
Such data makes sense of course when a reported 82% of employers report a shortage in cybersecurity skills14 and 66% of security breaches are a result of employee negligence or malicious acts15.
Optimal cloud security starts with deploying powerful and reliable security tools and extends to constantly providing businesses with valuable up-to-date knowledge to boost employees’ cybersecurity awareness.
REMOTE WORK MANAGEMENT
How do we know that employees are actually spending their time on work-related tasks remotely? How do we identify time gaps and track things like employee productivity? These are some of the main challenges that riddle companies when it comes to managing remote workforces.
While 75% of managers say they trust their employees, a third say they’d like to be able to see them, just to be sure18. However, traditional offices were never really the answer. Otherwise, many companies wouldn’t be still asking these questions at their in-office premises to this day.
With 94% of today’s businesses already adopting some aspect of the cloud into their daily operations19, it’s never been easier to solve these problems using the right tools, regardless of employees’ physical location.
Supporting Remote Work Challenges
‘’Mobility’’ is one of the greatest gifts the Cloud has to offer. We place utmost emphasis on how the digital workplace works when building our tools. Our goal is to empower remote teams to work better together safely in the cloud, transcending all physical boundaries and security concerns.
GAT Shield: Offers a full view of every single Google Chrome browser interaction ALL in one comprehensive dashboard. It protects your cloud users by monitoring all activity and providing real-time Data Loss Prevention (DLP) on all sites, in all locations, and at all times.
GAT Unlock: Takes security one step forward to help you gain control over your entire Google Workspace domain. Set up powerful security rules for Drive shares, access to sensitive documents, and more. Better yet, receive notifications whenever any of these rules are broken.
ActiveID: Ensures that the user logged into your company’s account is in fact the user typing behind that keyboard. ActiveID uses a powerful constant identity verification technology that operates based on every single user’s unique typing style.