Working outside the office is a perk many employees love. Employers, on the other hand, have mixed emotions about it. They fear the employee won't work as diligently and that he or she may open up the company to security breaches. The solution lies in building a work remote system on flexibility and using IT services in Delaware.
Both Sides of the Argument
Having the option to work from home offers employees the ability to balance their work and personal life. There is no commute time and flexibility with how they spend their breaks. The downside for employees is they get less face time with their colleagues and bosses.
Employers like to see employees in person. It offers them the chance to evaluate their skills and job performance. On the other side, however, several studies have shown that employees love the option to work outside the office. For that reason, in 2015, 80 percent of companies offered flexible work options to their employees.
How Companies Can Make It Work
So, if you want to introduce a flexible work option for your employees, how do you do it?
Your equipment or the employees' equipment - You will need to decide if your employee can use his own devices or if you will let that person take home a company mobile device. Using any device outside the network opens up potential security risks.
- Access requirements - One way to mitigate the risk of an outside security breach is to require the use of a virtual private network (VPN) when accessing company digital assets from an unsecured network. Another option offered by IT services providers in Delaware is using cloud services that include point to point encryption.
- Education - Employees should be required to undergo mandatory training in potential security risks before being allowed to work from a remote location. Education should include the risks of using an unsecured network, potential malware infiltration by email, and the need to keep company data off of personal accounts.
- Policy for working remotely - Employees need to agree to certain things before working remotely. For example, the devices used will need to be wiped if they are lost or stolen. Passwords will need to be changed on a strict schedule. There should be no unauthorized use of third-party software that circumvents the company's security.
Working remotely requires flexibility on both sides as well as strong IT protocols and education. If you want to learn more, contact us at Partners Plus, Inc. We are a provider of IT services Delaware businesses know and trust.