The Covid-19 pandemic has forced millions of employees around the world to start working from home. In fact, nearly one-third of workers in the United States plan on continuing to work full-time remotely after the crisis has passed. Another 27% assume they’ll continue working remotely part-time, and only 35% of workers expect to be back at their workplaces full-time in the future. Without the right technology, however, remote workforces tend to be disjointed, uncommunicative and unproductive. Cloud computing, teleconferencing technology, and business VPNs are essential for employees to be able to work productively and securely from home.
Cloud computing allows employees to perform work whether they’re at home, in the office, or at a local coffee shop, explains CoreTech. It typically covers a range of internet-based services and resources, including storage, networking, databases, analytics, and applications. Cloud computing is particularly popular with business owners due to its affordability — you only pay for what you need, usually in the form of a monthly, quarterly or yearly fee. For example, you have the option to only pay for services and resources you’re subscribed to and the ability to easily add or remove users on your accounts. A cloud-managed service also significantly slashes equipment and maintenance fees.
Effortless day-to-day communication is an essential component of remote work. Teleconferencing technology makes it possible for employees to talk in real-time, either face to face or via text chat, regardless of location. Numerous reliable teleconferencing tools are available free of charge (Zoom, Skype, Slack, Google Hangouts, and UberConference, for example). Be sure to provide employees with clear operational instructions and update the document regularly to answer employee questions. Set rules to ensure remote communication remains as smooth and relevant as possible; for example, certain channels should be used solely for conversations on certain topics, or cameras should always be switched on for calls. Make sure your WiFi is continually upgraded to obtain the fastest and clearest connection available. Effective communication just isn’t possible when a call has either blurry video or choppy sound.
VPNs typically ensure personal web connections are secure and private. Business VPNs, on the other hand, ensure all business data sent between employees is encrypted and protected against cyberthreats. In fact, VPNs are used by 400 million businesses around the world — a number expected to grow by a whopping 150% due to the pandemic. Business VPNs make it possible for employees to access private business networks remotely. There’s also the option to connect to separate branches securely as and when needed. Ultimately, business VPNs safeguard both employee and business data.
Reliable and secure technology is essential for any business implementing remote work as part of its operations. Cloud computing, teleconference technology, and business VPNs are currently making it possible for businesses to continue successfully as more and more employees make the switch to working from home.