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5 reasons to trust your remote teams

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More people work remotely

 

If you’re out-of-office, you might be out-of-contact – that is the major concern for business decision makers who are fearful about their ability to track and trace the achievements of team members who work remotely.

Yet it doesn’t have to be that way, even for businesses that rely on remote workers who spend 30 hours or more away from the office in a working week. Trust is absolutely crucial to maintaining a strong and efficient team.

The key to building effective relationships with disparate staff is a mix of strong mobility solutions and great business practices. Senior executives who implement a secure link with out-of-office employees can actually help foster a more productive and collaborate workforce.

1. They know how to get the job done

Secure remote access possibleWorking on your own can be a tough activity. Employees must enjoy the peace and quiet of their own company. The hardest part of working remotely for most people will be getting used to the lack of chat around the water cooler.

But working remotely can actually boost performance. Employees are undisturbed by office chatter and the catalogue of meetings that seem to fill modern business diaries. With a secure enterprise mobility solution, your workers stay connected and can actually increase their productivity.

2. They can work anywhere

Remote workers cover a broad spectrum of roles, from permanent sales professionals and consultants to contractors covering specific tasks, such as data processing. In many cases, these remote workers have built a career around working away from the office.

Executives who give remote staff the right tools will find they have a group of workers who don’t have to be tied to a desk to contribute to the business. Dell research suggests the primary devices for remote workers are the notebook (62 per cent) and the smartphone (51 per cent), so make sure staff  is equipped.

3. They are able to work securely

Some executives are concerned that employees who work beyond the firewall are more likely to place enterprise security at risk. There is a fear that employees who work remotely are more likely to be at risk of malware or phishing due to poor connections, or even slipshod work methods.

It is time for bosses to banish their concerns. Modern mobile security solutions provide a high level of connectivity, even for workers who connect to enterprise systems from the field. Encryption is the watchword for remote workers using business data and every IT manager should ensure that data is transferred safely.

4. They can be trusted to handle sensitive data

Remote workers often need access to sensitive data to get their work done. Research suggests 52 per cent of information workers have access to sensitive information, such as contact details and credit card data.

Executives can feel more confident if they work with a technology partner that provides secure and compliant access across all operating systems and devices. If you know your employees can connect to crucial data securely from any location, then you are more likely to trust remote workers to get on with their tasks.

5. They can achieve great results with great support

Remote workers do not need to feel alone. Secure connectivity solutions now exist to help workers to collaborate with colleagues at all times. Make the most of the cloud and establish key measures, like a secure virtual private network and single sign-on, to ensure authenticated users have access to key tools.

Dell research suggests eighty-three per cent of organisations expect the number of remote workers to increase in the coming year. Let your remote staff know that trusted support is available when technical issues occur.

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Mark Samuels

Mark Samuels

Mark Samuels is a business journalist specialising in IT leadership issues. Formerly editor at CIO Connect and features editor of Computing, he has written for various organisations, including the Economist Intelligence Unit, Guardian Government Computing and Times Higher Education. Mark is also a contributor for CloudPro, ZDNetUK, TechRepublic, ITPro, Computer Weekly, CBR, Financial Director, Accountancy Age, Educause, Inform and CIONET. Mark has extensive experience in writing on the topic of how CIO’s use and adopt technology in business.

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