With restrictions now lifted in the UK, many organisations will be pondering whether to bring employees back into the office. It’s clear that some form of a hybrid working model will be in place for many businesses and is expected for lots of employees. Over the past year, we’ve seen that a remote workforce can yield significant economic benefits, as seen by research from the Centre of Economics and Business Research (CEBR) below:
• 5.8 billion commuting hours saved each year
• $44.4 billion saved in commuting costs
• $107 billion time and cost savings for workers
Remote work can help workers be more efficient, with less time commuting and more effective time management. Not only can a flexible working arrangement help companies attract and retain talent in a hyper-competitive labour market, but it can also increase employee engagement and productivity. Management can also be more agile in how they use their resources and meet future challenges and changes, especially important considering the amount of disruption seen over the past couple of years.
To achieve this however, companies must have the proper technological infrastructure in place to support the needs of their users. IT teams must create flexible IT environments that allow employees to access the apps and data they need from any location. For example, organisations need a platform that gives employees an easy-to-use method to find information and perform essential tasks while maintaining high-security standards. Zero Trust security is one of the most effective ways to maintain security outside of the office, with every access request fully authenticated and encrypted before any access is granted.
Cloud technology can provide businesses with secure remote access to programmes and corporate files regardless of where they live. At eacs, our range of Hybrid Cloud solutions can pull together all of the apps, files, and data that employees need into a single platform that is accessible from any device or location. Keeping everything in one place will give management greater visibility and control for simplified management and compliance.
We utilise a Zero Trust approach to security for people working outside of the office infrastructure and offer 24/7 support all year round, giving peace of mind to our customers. Speak to the eacs experts today by calling 0800 8047 256 or view all of our Hybrid Cloud solutions here and start giving employees the best tools to work from any location securely.