Originally published October 23, 2018
Todd Krautkremer, CMO at Cradlepoint, discusses the benefits of allowing employees to work remotely, and offers three practical tips for employers on maintaining workplace productivity for a remote workforce:
Many organisations encourage flexible working practices as a way of improving the employee experience. For many of us, work is no longer a destination, but something that can be done from any device, anywhere. Studies show this helps employees get more work done, lowers work-related stress levels, and helps them strike a better work life balance. Best of all, working remotely—even if just a day or two a week—means employees can avoid the dreaded commute! But while flexible working can help boost employee morale and productivity, this is only the case if the organisation ensures everyone has secure and reliable access to the business applications and data they need to be productive. Without this, overall productivity will be negatively impacted.
This is a task that falls on the IT team. In today’s modern workplace the IT department has to manage a corporate network that extends well beyond the traditional fixed location boundaries to span the Internet and connect smartphones, laptops and tablets for hundreds, if not thousands of remote workers.
Employees need access to a variety of applications and documents that live either in the cloud or at the corporate data centre. IT departments often are left scrambling to ensure that these employees are reliably and securely able to connect to the resources they need while keeping expenses, such as IT man-hours and network hardware, to a minimum.