The COVID-19 pandemic could conclude sometime soon, but that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be done with remote work, right?
You could choose to continue with remote work after its safe to return to the office. You wouldn’t be alone in that decision – according to 317 CFOs recently surveyed by Gartner, 74% say they expect to move previously on-site employees to remote post-COVID-19.
In fact, some of the biggest names in tech have also announced plans to continue with remote work as well, including Facebook, Twitter, and Slack. This is all an example of digital transformation.
Digital transformation is the initiative to use technology for better business outcomes. It’s one of the biggest buzz phrases going around the business community right now, and for good reason. Business leaders are realizing just how powerful new properly implemented and leveraged technology can be.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming this is all just hype. According to Reports and Data, the global digital transformation market was already worth $261.94 billion in 2018. By 2026, it is estimated to be worth as much as $1051.12 billion.
Regardless of when the COVID-19 pandemic is over for good, you need to come up with a plan of action for your business now. Will you return 100% of your staff to the office? Will you continue with remote work as you have so far? Or will you take a hybrid approach?
The remote work model offers a number of benefits that you’ve likely taken notice of over the course of the pandemic. Remote workers have seen the benefits as well:
Obviously, at the start of the pandemic, the first priority was maintaining business continuity. You needed to make sure your new remote workers had the technology and the remote access necessary to do their work.
But the process doesn’t end there – security is a complicated undertaking for remote work models. In fact, 36% of organizations have dealt with a security incident due to an unsecured remote worker.
Continuing with a remote work model, whether entirely or in part, will require:
The bottom line is that however you’ve managed remote work so far, if it’s to be a part of your long-term vision for your organization, then you need to make sure it’s optimized and secure.
Nexus IT Consultants will help – for the past 2 decades and over the course of the pandemic, we’ve gained extensive experience in helping our partners to launch, optimize, and secure remote work capabilities. Now that the mad rush to go remote is over, it’s time to perfect your processes.