When I first started working, policies were completely different from what they are today. Employees went to the office each day, sat at their desktops, accessed information from their local network drives and worked the standard “office hours.” But times have most certainly changed for all of us, and the advancements made in technology create a profound effect on the way we operate in this new hybrid culture of work and play.
Not only do employees bring their own devices to work, the number of employees telecommuting has increased as well. According to the “2012 National Study of Employers” conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management and the Families & Work Institute, 63% of employers allow its personnel to work from home at least occasionally, up from 34% in 2005. Telecommuting has proven beneficial to companies as according to a recent study by Stanford, a Chinese travel agency showed that working from home led to a 13% performance increase.
However, some companies and executives have alternative views on the benefits of telecommuting, including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who recently highlighted a changing company’s work from home policy. With the advancements in technology – particularly in the mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) spaces – working from home or even on the go has become more efficient, certainly more popular for employees and even more secure than ever before. As a result more and more employees are able to be productive independent of location.
But how can an enterprise enable a secure workforce, given the sheer amount of devices available to employees? The answer is simple – by focusing on the data accessed, the applications used and the employees themselves. By implementing security policies around the employees rather their individual devices, employers are able to manage their employees effectively, without compromising security or user flexibility. In turn, employee productivity is increased through secure access to corporate data, regardless of device or location – The result? Positive impact on your organization’s bottom line and employee morale.
Is your global workforce enabled for secure corporate data access across location and device? If so, how has it enabled productivity?