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Thinking of introducing or improving a remote working policy? Nikki Lee, head of marketing at telecoms specialist Nice Network, highlights five quick-win strategies that can help you stay ahead of the curve and do just that…
The global number of mobile workers is set to increase to 1.88 billion in 2023. That’s 43.3% of the entire workforce! Thanks to trends like globalisation, cloud technology, and the internet of things, mobile working is no longer a sci-fi concept. We’re beginning to discover how much we can accomplish when we take advantage of our mobile devices.
Smartphones, laptops, and tablets can all keep your employees connected to the office wherever they are. This essentially eliminates the need for the traditional office and gives your team the freedom they so desperately yearn.
According to studies, a little bit of mobility can go a long way. In fact, the 2019 ‘Engagement and the Global Workplace’ report by Steelcase, shows that 88% of employees feel more engaged at work when they have control over their professional experiences. That includes control over the device that they use.
The question is, how do you support the rise of the mobile worker? How do you make sure that you have the right technology systems in place? Below, we highlight five quick-win ways to introduce or improve a remote working policy…
Begin with your connectivity
The first thing you’re going to need to support mobile workers is a solution that offers remote access to employees wherever they are. This means implementing a “virtual private network” or VPN. The VPN technology strategy gives businesses a way to secure their connections to a public network, so that you can support your teams, without leaving gaps in your security strategy.
One particularly appealing thing about VPNs is that they’re safe, but they don’t necessarily require any extra client software. The network handles authentication, so remote users with the correct credentials can access information wherever they are, at any time. What’s more, the VPN can be used as an internal network strategy to isolate areas of sensitive data – including HR and accounting records.
Take control of your mobile solutions
Let’s face it, IT managers are suspicious of any device that they don’t have control over – and they should be. If you want to manage mobile workers safely, then you need a mobile solution that’s going to protect your network. By introducing a Mobile Device Management (MDM) policy, you can make sure your staff are protected from the potential dangers of mobile working.
As the cost of mobile hardware continues to fall, and employees begin to demand more flexibility in their careers, the right mobile device management strategy could be the key to your company’s future.
Introduce a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy
When it comes to improving mobile worker performance, some businesses decide that the best option is to allow people to use their own preferred devices. If employees can use their own technology to complete workplace tasks, they often become more productive and take better care of their devices too.
However, you must also make sure that you have a strict policy in place to defend your sensitive data if you decide to join the BYOD revolution. If you’re unsure how to do this, give Nice Network a call and one of our members of staff will guide you through it, free of charge, as part of our free ‘comms health check’ offer for businesses.
Handle network control and authentication
Network security will always be a crucial consideration for your IT teams and business leaders. You’ll need a secure authentication strategy to protect your current environment and your future. Most companies use password access, but simple passwords are often easily stolen by malicious individuals. Ensuring that you have a hardened authentication strategy in place is a good way to manage mobile workers.
With SOTI MobiControl, you can implement additional authentication features such as two-factor and biometric passwords. You can also consider strategies like Single Sign-On, to better control employee data access.
Address your provisioning procedures
Finally, every company needs guidelines that they can follow when adding new mobile workers to their community. There’s more to embracing remote working than simply giving someone a mobile phone and username. You’ll need a complete provisioning strategy – complete with exit guidelines to follow when you need to remove someone from your system.
A simple checklist that covers how to onboard someone new into your technology environment is a good investment here. Make sure that whenever an employee leaves your company, their access to your system is immediately rescinded, so your data remains secure.