Cloud offers a silver lining to remote working
The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced organisations to change the way they operate, in order to allow for social distancing and self-isolation. Our Partner Alliance Manager James Solomon explains the advantages of remote working.
The way people work is changing, as many employees looking for more flexible options. With the current pandemic, a lot of businesses are looking to accelerate their remote working strategy.
There are many advantages to working from home. It improves employee retention, provides a better work-life balance and benefits staff health and well-being. There is also potential for productivity gains as many find it easier to focus without the distractions of the workplace. However, without the correct safeguards in place to allow employees to safely access data outside of the office, it can pose a GDPR risk. We can help ensure that you have the best tools, so employees can access everything they need without compromising data protection.
The cloud is a great enabler. But a mobile workforce brings with it a different security requirement, and we advise using tools such as single sign-on, multi-factor authentication and conditional access.
In this unprecedented time, there are many offers available which can help companies small or large to continue business as usual. The Microsoft Office 365 E1 trial period has been extended to six months, and Microsoft Teams Premium is now available for free until the disruption caused by the virus is over.
For more tips on how to make your business thrive with a remote workforce, read our tips for effective remote working and virtual meetings, created in conjunction with BDO Jersey.