However, for all the ways remote work is beneficial to both the organization and end-users, it’s not without its challenges. A study found that remote workers across the country encountered a series of challenges in their daily work life:
19% experience loneliness
17% have difficulty communicating and collaborating
8% have trouble staying motivated
So how do you reconcile these many pros and cons that come with either option? Compromise with a hybrid work model. Doing so harnesses all the advantages and none of the disadvantages of both choices:
Employees spend a portion of their work time at home, focusing on key tasks and projects
The remainder of their hours are in the office, where they are available for meetings and can contribute to a social company culture
That said, it’s not as though hybrid work presents absolutely no obstacles to managers and business owners…
Continuing with a remote work model, whether entirely or in part, will require:
Enhancing security measures
Providing the right hardware for users working permanently from home
Implementing more permanent file-sharing, collaboration, and communication tools
How To Protect Your Hybrid Business
In optimizing your hybrid working model, make sure to consider the following best practices for your cybersecurity:
In order to confirm your security capabilities, you need to conduct a cyber risk assessment along with a vulnerability scan of your systems. This will help you identify potential vulnerabilities, and develop the starting blocks to a secure long-term hybrid management plan.
Train Your Staff
As some of your staff will be working from home, it’s more important than ever to ensure they receive proper awareness training. Without proper supervision, they are at greater risk of compromising the security of your business data or falling for phishing scams. Make sure they understand how to maintain business cybersecurity from their home office.
Deploy Security Measures
Your hybrid environment will requirea combination of threat monitoring, firewalls, and antivirus solutions. These defenses will form a comprehensive cybersecurity posture to protect your office network as well as your employees while they work remotely.
Need Expert Assistance Managing Your Hybrid IT Environment?
If you plan to continue with remote work in one way or another, you may need to change your model of IT support. As you and the other C-level executives at your business have likely discovered since the start of the pandemic, your ability to work remotely depends directly on your IT support.
We can help—we’ve developed extensive experience in helping our partners to launch, optimize and secure remote work capabilities. Now that the mad rush to go remote is over, it’s time to perfect your processes, and you don’t have to do so alone.