If you’re like most business leaders, the pandemic left you scrambling to implement a remote or hybrid workforce. With studies showing that employees prefer splitting their time between going to the office and working from home, it’s clear that this flexible way of work is here to stay. Luckily, hybrid workforces benefit businesses as well, as 80% of managers believe employees are just as – if not more – productive when they work from home versus in an office.1
However, many businesses are still lacking the technology to support hybrid workforces. A recent survey found that after working at home for a year, 42% of employees don’t have access to essential resources, and 10% don’t have the reliable connectivity they need to do their jobs effectively.2
The survey also found that employees are 230% more involved in their work and 85% more likely to remain with their employers for more than three years if they have the technology that supports their work. If your business still relies on outdated technology systems, meeting hybrid workforce demands will likely prove to be a challenge.
Is Your Technology Equipped to Support a Hybrid Workforce?
You’ll know you need to update your technology when your system response time starts slowing down, defending against cyber attacks becomes more difficult, and productivity declines. If you’re facing challenges like these, it’s safe to assume you don’t have the technology you need to support your hybrid workforce either. Here are the key technologies you need to make a hybrid workforce work:
Your goal should be to make remote employees feel like they’re working from your office with the ability to collaborate with coworkers regardless of where they are located. Cloud-based communications give easy access to voice and video conferencing for all employees.
Hackers have been having a field day since the pandemic sent so many employees home. Each remote employee and personal device is an endpoint that hackers have learned to exploit. You need to ensure your remote workers aren’t inadvertently leaving your business vulnerable to cyber attacks.
A strong network is critical. Networks such as software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) are the way to keep your employees working and your business data safe.
Eliminate Your Outdated Business Technology With PAG
There are many risks when you run outdated business technology, including increased costs, system downtime, security vulnerabilities, decreased productivity, and more. One stumbling block to updating your technology is finding room in your budget for necessary upgrades. Avoid that issue with a telecom audit from PAG.
A telecom audit can help you keep your technology budget under control and identify savings that you can use to update or replace your outdated technology. Overbilling, duplicate charges, and errors crop up for virtually every business. A risk-free telecom audit can convert expensive errors into credits and reduce costs in the future.
PAG can also help you set the stage for supporting a hybrid workforce over the long haul with project management services. Our experts can provide the professional guidance you need to manage and implement technology updates and stay competitive. Get in touch with PAG today to learn more.
1 | https://www.condecosoftware.com/modern-workplace/research/attitudes-to-hybrid-working-report-2022/
2 | https://hbr.org/2022/02/in-a-hybrid-world-your-tech-defines-employee-experience