The risk to businesses outlined by Gartner’s findings on this point, foretells of employee burnout setting in due to the inability to escape work in a fully remote model. Is this due to bosses expecting you to always be available because you’re ‘not in the office’? Certainly, applicable for the old school way of not wishing to lose control – your boss isn’t with you in the office, but they want to be able to keep tabs on you. Perhaps less relevant for younger generations. Some complained that WFH during the pandemic was more stressful because so many escape mechanisms were unavailable – gyms, pubs, restaurants, non-essential shops; if you’re working hard at home but then can’t escape home because everything is shut then that can have a negative impact on morale.
But the world is opening up again so what now? Well, one survey of people WFH due to the pandemic revealed that 73% of respondents said that WFH improved their work-life balance – allowing them to spend more time with their family or pets. We believe that getting the technology right for remote workers enhances the overall work-life balance which in turn, boosts productivity. Working remotely can allow for a healthier work/life balance but only if the right technology is embraced. By getting as close to the ‘office-working’ experience as possible, organisations of all shapes and sizes can look forward to a productive mindset in the workforce. Getting the technology right allows for a win-win scenario for everybody.
Remote working, or hybrid models thereof, will define how most of us work for the foreseeable future. But this is not a bad thing. Whilst cybersecurity threats to mobile and smart devices are on the rise and evolving, the correct technology solutions are available to ensure productivity, security and flexibility. The user experience can be tailored so that we can get the best of both worlds – a positive work/life balance for workers and peace of mind for businesses as they look to mitigate risk against an ever-changing backdrop.