The cloud, AI, mobile technology and hosted desktops are fundamentally altering the modern workplace. So much so that mobile working is moving from being the exception to a widely accepted way of running a business.
In fact, a recent report has found that 12% of workers would reject a 25% pay rise rather than relinquish the option to work remotely. What’s more, over 50% said they would need a pay rise of over 16% to agree to give up this option.
So, it’s clear that people want flexibility and freedom in their employment. But despite the rise in mobile working, many employers are still reluctant to make the switch.
Let’s take a look at some typical employer concerns.
Cybercrime and data breaches are rarely out of the headlines. So it’s understandable that businesses are worried. In fact, there is no doubt that security is one of the biggest barriers to the adoption of mobile working. And fears are not unfounded as security experts have revealed that threats to mobile devices have increased. As such, when moving to a mobile workforce, data leaks, lost devices, unauthorised access and a lack of monitoring all need to be taken into consideration and planned for.
However, it is possible to implement tools and practices to protect data on mobile devices. Two Factor Authentication (2FA), adequate password controls, implementing antivirus software, and the ability to remove sensitive data from devices remotely can help to reduce the risk and allow mobile employees to work securely.
Of course, when it comes to data security, human error remains a significant threat. So, in addition to putting robust controls, processes and reporting mechanisms in place, it’s also vital that staff understand and take responsibility for the security risks. Training and education are crucial.
Ultimately, with the right technologies, processes and attitudes, businesses can ensure that their sensitive data is secure, regardless of where it is being accessed.
Many employers still worry that out of sight means out of mind. However, according to a plethora of reports, employees are not only happier when allowed to work at home, they also believe that they are more productive.
But to achieve this, two things are essential:
- The right technology. To create a productive mobile workforce, you’ll need an IT infrastructure that works. Too many companies still find it difficult to get hold of remote workers. At the same time, remote workers can find it challenging to access documents and files. This situation can hamper productivity and frustrate everyone involved
- The right attitude. To create a productive, engaged mobile workforce, you need more than the right tech. Real change demands a new approach. One that is led from the top and which establishes and fosters a supportive mobile culture across all parts of a business. Crucially, this approach requires employers to trust their mobile employees.
A lack of communication
For many employers, removing daily face-to-face communication is a huge concern. But it is possible to keep relationships flourishing and employees engaged as long as the right processes are in place.
And, modern communication does not have to be expensive. For example, you could use email, Skype, messaging apps, and voice and video conferencing tools to enable instant connectivity regardless of whether people are working from the office or at home.
You should also deploy a cloud-based hosted desktop setup to allow employees to access and work collaboratively on documents from anywhere, anytime.
How will mobile working benefit your business?
An open and trusting workplace culture combined with reliable, relevant technology allows employees to work remotely and productively. This helps employers to attract and retain skilled staff while making them more productive, more efficient and more competitive.
For more information on how we can help your business to become more mobile, speak to a member of our team on 01942 261 671 to find out more.
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