Remote Working, can this become the norm?
Posted on 22nd September 2020 at 10:29
With so many businesses having to work from home due to Covid-19 and with both staff and employers getting used to the lock down way of working, could this change the structure of companies?
We meet a lot of business owners and a number have already decided that the “office” is no longer a necessity for their business, whether that is a permanent move from a physical building or giving their staff the opportunity to work from home more frequently.
Moving away from having your staff in the office every day, can have some financial benefits. You may be able to downsize your office and have more of a hot desk arrangement, for your staff. You may decide to give up the office completely and utilise the co-working spaces, as and when needed, that were becoming more popular pre-lock down. Either of these choices would reduce your overheads.
There are also benefits to your staff, as there is no commute time, they can have a better work life balance. Although working from home can get lonely and you may find that your staff have missed their colleagues, so perhaps a mix of home working and a few days in the office could be the new “norm” for some businesses.
But is your technology really ready for more home working?
Most businesses were forced into lock down working and made do, with personal computers and ineffective processes in place. Emailing files backwards and forwards and hoping that it was the latest version being updated. Even using online shared folders for your business documents, it doesn’t advise if someone is already accessing the document or have it open, so work can get lost or saved over.
If any of that sounds familiar then there are other options available, which ensures that you and your team, have access to all your business documents. More importantly, only one person can edit a document at a time.
Security is also a concern unless your staff are working on company computers. If personal computers are being used, do they have adequate antivirus protection, if not your business documentation could be at risk. More importantly your client details could be compromised.
There are many different options to ensure that your IT Infrastructure is safe and secure, even with your staff working remotely.
If you are considering adopting more of a remote working approach in your business and would like to discuss the options available to you, please contact us for a free review.
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