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Three things to consider when managing any flexible workforce

For employees, the benefits of flexible working are often focused on improving their work-life balance, as well as looking after their health and wellbeing. However, these arrangements also impact positively on productivity. Research from the CIPD has shown that implementing flexible working practices can improve staff engagement, motivation and productivity. Companies and organisations stand to benefit from this trend as much as their employees do.

However, without the right IT infrastructure and security in place, such a strategy will be more of a hindrance to businesses than a help. Flexible and mobile working introduces a variety of challenges, none of which are insurmountable but all of which require careful and responsive attention. Here is a simple checklist that will help you keep on top of the trend.

1.Managing hardware

Strong technology is a must for any flexible workforce, as it needs to be up to the demands of busy employees who are constantly on the go. In other words, connectivity and security need to be at the forefront of any flexible workforce to ensure employees remain well connected through a range of ports, benefit from the power of the latest processors, and are protected by a range of biometric and in-built security barriers. It therefore makes sense to have a policy of hardware cohesion when managing cross-organisational workforce flexibility. If devices share common accessories such as docking ports, and common components such as batteries, it becomes far easier to provision workers who are going out into the field.

2.Managing data security

When people are working remotely and beyond the measures enforced within the more manageable office environment, a business device can serve as a strong initial defence. However, businesses should implement deeper security solutions into their infrastructure. Mobile Zero Clients achieve exactly this by providing both functionality and data through the user’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution. Data is not stored on the device itself, but users can benefit from the connectivity and broader features, without the threat of malware being stored on the device and data theft in the event the device is lost or stolen. With European businesses obligated to comply with impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement in 2018, Mobile Zero Clients can play a crucial role for organisations.

3.Managing at the edge

The rise of mobility, heightened security threats, and data proliferation mean IT managers need to effectively manage and maximise their estates. Edge computing helps businesses optimise their processes by reducing latency and costs while enhancing quality of service. With processing taking place at the edge of the network between local end-points, a higher percentage of data will be encrypted at the point that it is sent to the core of the network. As a result, the opportunity for malware and compromised files to infiltrate the central IT infrastructure is greatly reduced, and any potential hack attempts can be caught at an early stage.

For more information on how to secure your device fleet in the mobile age, read our solutions guide here: Five things to consider when managing any flexible workforce

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