Telecommuting, at least in part, is here to stay. Companies in many sectors choose to include telework in their long-term plans, leading many employees to follow a balanced model between home and home. office in the coming years. The reports of the organizations are displayed productivity With a 47% increase during the first closure in 2020, it is no surprise to find that teleworking is not a measure left behind at the start of the normal post-pandemic roadmap.
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Roger Waterhouse is Cloud & Hosting Product Manager Pulsating.
Businesses are undoubtedly enthusiastic about the ability to attract and retain the best talent outside their traditional catchment area, as well as benefit from lower overhead costs by repairing or reducing office space, supporting telecommuting with the right solutions to perform tasks effectively in remote locations offers a unique set of challenges IT management teams.
Around things information regulation, managing the growing range of users in different locations has increasingly affected the ability of organizations to remain compliant and safe, not to mention balancing this to ensure that remote staff remains productive and efficient. It is therefore not very surprising that some companies are reluctant to adopt a telework policy on a permanent basis.
March 2021 was a significant announcement from BP. The oil giant introduced a new hybrid work policy that allows staff and partners to work remotely 40% of the time, which simply wouldn’t have even been on the table 12 months ago. Employees have expected such permanent hybrid work policies to be so rapid that without them, many companies will struggle to recruit or even retain their current talent. Are we no doubt witnessing the birth of the era of hybrid work?
Challenges of hybrid work
In all companies using the hybrid business model, where the workforce divides their time between the office and the home or other location defined by the company, staff need fast, reliable, and effortless access to business-critical applications on any device, no matter where they choose. access to applications depending on their work tasks. In addition, as a new generation of workers enters the global workforce, the expectation of immediate access to technology and flexible working is putting pressure on organizations to meet this demand. According to a recent survey, 62% of teleworkers also want employers to provide better technology to help them stay in touch with their colleagues, so supports cooperation is crucial.
Needless to say, security is paramount. If telecommuting is not managed effectively, telecommuting can increase the risk area for organizations due to difficulties in implementing and monitoring practices in the same way as in the office. Highly sensitive information can be stored for a staff member laptop or a personal device if they do not have access to a business device at home, and the laws around GDPR and Brexit mean that the potential compromise of this information could be catastrophic for potential fines from regulators. In addition, the home networks to which these devices are usually connected often include an unsecured ADSL line and a router.
Because these challenges are at the forefront of IT teams, managing a company’s IT with a hybrid business model is far from simple and has a business reputation, so there is little potential for error. Organizations need to understand how to simplify, standardize, and secure information technology for telecommuting and take the risks and complexity of decentralized IT management. Companies that have already begun to benefit from the results of hybrid work are doing so by implementing cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
The case of VDI
A modern VDI solution offers numerous benefits to organizations, particularly the ability to consistently produce the same desktop experience as a dispersed workforce in the office. Employees can access their applications, systems, documents, and databases from anywhere, whether they use their business or personal devices to perform tasks, including laptops, computers, and smartphones.
It is important to highlight the advantages that modern VDI can offer over traditional, often ‘shared session’ desktops. The cumbersome and slow nature of traditional VDI devices has led to a negative perception of the technology, and performance and usage vary between users on different devices. Traditional operating environments rely on shared resources, which can lead to a “noisy neighbor” effect, which affects the performance of other users of the infrastructure, causing problems with productivity. Modern VDI solutions can be designed to avoid these disadvantages.
Professionals can ensure peace of mind in a hybrid business strategy with centralized management for each user’s desktop and application portfolio used throughout the business. Updates, new applications, and software packages can all be deployed in a cloud-centric infrastructure instead of all personal workstations, ensuring a consistent and secure user experience across the workforce.
The virtual desktop infrastructure eliminates the possibility of storing sensitive information on a user’s device, improving security and management for both the organization and its customers. This provides assurance that its reputation will be protected no matter where their employees work or what equipment they work on.
Centralized management of user workstations also means that user access can be restricted to certain features and functions, which helps reduce the potential for data leakage or other security risks. These rules can be built around the types of devices, locations, or authentication methods used, and can trigger certain actions, such as blocking data from printing, closing USB ports, and blocking access to non-corporate e-mail accounts.
The role of VDI in the hybrid future
While not all organizations plan to use a hybrid approach in the future, it is certainly possible to allow staff and partners to work remotely. The benefits can be clear, but so can the risks, and organizations can best combat these by using a state-of-the-art VDI solution that optimizes the user experience and delivers a genuine Windows desktop that is highly accessible and supports a wide range of devices. A cloud-based infrastructure can reduce risks and enable organizations and their employees to reap the benefits of the hybrid work model in a safe, secure, and consistent manner.