Just two years ago, most people endured a daily commute to a shared office space. Today, the workplace landscape is drastically different, with flexibility and hybrid working dominating the UK work culture. A massive 58% of workers now enjoy hybrid working arrangements, an increase of 12% from May 2021. Thanks to technology, this new trend works well for many employers. Remote employees save an average of 40 minutes per day from commuting, while 30% of respondents to one survey felt they were more productive and engaged when working from home.
However, amid what experts have dubbed “the great resignation,” many individuals are looking to change roles and companies in a bid to establish a better work-life balance. As they re-evaluate what is important, 78% of workers say they want workplace flexibility, 95% want flexibility with schedules, and more than half of UK workers (51%) would consider leaving their company if they removed the option of hybrid working.
Times are changing, and employee needs are rapidly evolving. Companies need to adapt to and embrace the new normal. There is a lot to consider when adopting this new approach to working:
Working from multiple locations
With your people now working from different locations, things are more complicated than having one office to connect and support. You need to minimise downtime and maximize your distributed team’s productivity. Achieve this with continuous monitoring of employees’ equipment, backed with expert support.
Different Devices and Internet Connections
Your team will likely acquire a wide range of devices, Internet speeds, and more when working remotely. When working online, your team needs reliable connectivity, dependable support, and the ability to adapt in the face of a challenge.
Employees may not work in the same space, but they still need to work together. Distributed teams need devices and software that make it easy to share and collaborate.
Different Kinds of Risks
Protecting and securing remote workers’ devices and data often requires different technologies than you need at the office. There are many ways to protect the information your remote employees are working with, from security solutions that defend against attacks at each location to backups that guard against data loss.
As a managed IT service provider, we can support you and your business with this new way of working. We can help you overcome technical issues at multiple locations, ensure that sensitive data is secure, and help you to avoid risks to your business overall.