Reducing IT Risk, Maximizing Productivity with Remote Workers

By Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director  |  December 15, 2020

Remote working isn’t a new development.  It’s a trend that has been in the making for years, but was turned into a necessity due to the pandemic, and it’s not likely to go away.  Once the pandemic subsides and activity returns to something closer to normal, the reality is it will be a new normal, to use a severely overused – but appropriate – term.

The majority of companies have already indicated they will be incorporating permanent work from home arrangements into their workforce strategies, at least in some capacity.  That means all the needs businesses have experienced this year to support their remote workers will remain. 

What many companies have learned is it’s not as simple as just sending people home with a laptop.  They need additional technology to create effective remote work environments, including access to corporate resources and applications, communications and collaboration tools, and secure, reliable connectivity.  There’s also an inherent need to maintain balance between work and personal lives, which can become somewhat degraded when the physical environments are the same.

The fact is that switching to a remote work model requires an adjustment from everyone – certainly the remote workers, but IT teams and corporate management as well. 

Instead of having to manage and maintain technology in corporate locations, where they have access to and visibility into networks, hardware, and applications.  With the shift to remote working, they are suddenly faced with the challenge of dealing with an entirely distributed workforce, where they don’t have the same visibility to manage and troubleshoot.  Companies are investing significant resources into their remote workforces, but without visibility into home networks, they are effectively powerless to support those workers.

Of course, there’s the other side of the coin – there has to be separation between personal and corporate, and employers can’t expect workers to give them access to their home networks.  Frankly, IT teams don’t want that, either.

What IT really needs is a solution to provide access to only the corporate side of home networks.  Is that possible?   In addition, with the IT investments companies are making, there’s always the issue of adoption – are employees aware of the tools, have they been shown how to use them, and most importantly, are they using them to work productively? 

These are the challenges of a remote world, and I’ll be moderating a very exciting session that explores some of the ways technology has evolved to enable IT teams and management to more effectively support remote workers – while retaining the separation between business and personal lives.

Joining me for “Post-Pandemic: The New Role of IT and How It’ll Impact Your Company” will be Tyler Craig, VP of Business Development at Minim, and Thomas Moran, Chief Strategy Officer at Prodoscore.

We’ll not only be talking about how IT teams can better enable remote productivity, but how management can ensure employees are benefitting from the cloud tools in which businesses have invested to remain productive wherever they are.

  • How the role of IT has shifted during the pandemic, and what it will look like in a post-Covid world;
  • How to address and prevent common business risks, from data breaches to employee burnout with processes and technology;
  • The challenges brought on by the new WFH normal and key strategies for IT and senior leadership to successfully tackle them; and
  • The bright side to the upheaval of the previous work-related status quo, including innnovative ways companies are capitalizing on this opportunity.

If you are in any way involved with supporting remote workers, either from a corporate, business line, or IT perspective, this is a must-attend webinar if you want to get the most out the “new normal” while minimizing corporate risk.

Don’t worry, if you aren’t able to join live, register anyway and you’ll have access to the on-demand version.

Edited by Erik Linask
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