To say 2020 has brought about some major trials and challenges would be an understatement. The abruptness of COVID-19 has left many in somewhat of a pickle, forced to adjust with a lack of equipment and policies, insufficient VPN access, inadequate software, lack of cybersecurity measures, and other elements that normally would takes weeks (or months) to plan.
The increase in remote workers, advanced cybersecurity threats, and digital collaboration initiatives have radically transformed the business landscape for all organizations. On top of all of this, companies want these initiatives to be supported via a secure and reliable cloud infrastructure.
Organizations across the globe are struggling with a difficult decision: when and how to return to workplaces in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike other disasters such as an extreme weather event or an IT outage, a global health pandemic does not have a definitive “end” that signals that it’s safe for businesses to start resuming normal operations. According to a Gartner CFO Survey, 74 percent intend to shift some employees to remote work permanently. It’s safe to say that remote work is here to stay, with flexible working is now the new normal.
The sudden shift in remote work has created challenges for many companies of all sizes and industries to adequately address their remote work capabilities.
With businesses continuing a remote workforce strategy, you need an IT partner that is agile, efficient, and can ensure a continuity of operations.
To help companies like yours make this challenging transition, we have developed the Global IT Services to provide critical skills and resources to meet your immediate business needs.
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Reimagining the Post Pandemic Workforce
Weaving remote and on-site work requires leaders to determine which pieces of each model fit their company culture, write three partners at McKinsey. They offer six models based on a company’s type of work and the necessary physical spaces.
Full Story: McKinsey
The Future of Remote Work, According to Startups
No matter where in the world you log in from—Silicon Valley, London, and beyond—COVID-19 has triggered a mass exodus from traditional office life. Now that the lucky among us have settled into remote work, many are left wondering if this massive, inadvertent work-from-home experiment will change work for good.
Full Story: Visual Capitalist
Leveraging Culture and Leadership to Successfully Return to Business
Two key factors are greatly influencing pandemic responses and outcomes across the globe: culture and leadership style. As businesses begin to reopen and return to “normal” operations, it’s vital they understand the roles that culture and leadership play in doing so seamlessly and effectively.
Full Story: Chief Executive
The New Security Challenge for Small and Medium-Size Businesses in the Covid-19 Work-From-Home Model: Mobile Technology
As companies shift their business models to mobile technology and remote work, senior executives are surprisingly some of the employees guiltiest of risking their organizations’ security. In fact, according to the 2020 Verizon Mobile Security Index, while 81 percent of executives at small and medium-size businesses surveyed say cyber threats were a moderate to significant risk to their businesses, 39 percent admitted they have sacrificed mobile security to “get the job done.”
Full Story: Inc.com
Good Decisions Start with the Right Information
The pandemic provides an opportunity to reassess decision-making structures within your organization, write Boris Groysberg and Sarah Abbott of Harvard Business School. “A good starting point: Ensure you are considering all available, relevant information but are not overwhelmed by information overload,” they write.
Full Story: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge
Why Smart Bosses Make Remote Employees Communicate Less, Not More
If many or all of your employees have been working remotely, you’re probably concerned about the loss of actual face time. Not just in terms of leadership, but in those formal and (theoretically all-important) casual interactions and collaborations and ad hoc problem-solving moments among team members. Fortunately, technology offers substitutes… (read more)
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Struggling with the Sudden Shift in Remote Work?
Taking your company remote in a matter of days can be a challenge and choosing the right communication and collaboration tool is critical to business continuity. Whether permanent or temporary, Global IP Networks can support your transition and facilitate a rapid implementation and training solution for your workers and teams.