Remote working has become more than a trend in recent years. In 2018, it represents a bona fide shift in working patterns and something that many of the best candidates now expect. 68% of graduates, for example, weight a potential job more favourably if there is an element of remote working involved. And remote working is one of the key influences in making a business more agile and lean. The cloud has been fundamental to making remote working a possibility for any business in any sector.
Why is remote working good for business?
Take up of remote working varies from industry to industry but in general there are a number of benefits to incorporating it into a working model:
- A study by software services provider PGI found 80% report higher morale when working from home
- 82% report lower stress levels than those who are not working remotely
- Remote workers can be more productive with more control over their time and less workplace distractions
- Remote employees may be more engaged thanks to the control they have over their own schedules
- Contracting remote workers can help to reduce overheads and spend
How does the cloud enable remote working?
All you need is a device and a connection. The design of the cloud means that your remote workers can connect to your systems and data wherever they are, as if they were sat at a desk in your office. All that is required to do so is a device, such as a laptop or tablet, and an internet connection.
All systems are scalable. Cloud computing enables truly responsive structures that you can build up – or pare back – depending on the demand within your own business. You are not limited by the hardware you have on site and you can buy into whatever software will make remote working more efficient and focused.
Pay as you go. When you are working with a cloud system you can only pay for what you use – and adjust this as you go along, depending on business need. This makes it much easier to accommodate a remote workforce which may have fluctuating needs or demands.
Reliable service. Cloud systems rarely go down and if they do then this is the responsibility of the service provider and not something you have to get up at 2am to deal with. Advanced technology and service levels ensure that your remote workers always have access via a secure and reliable infrastructure that is constantly monitored.
Advanced security. Problems with security are probably one of the main reasons why many employers have shied away from remote working in the past. However, many cloud providers deliver levels of security that are far in excess of anything a business could do for itself. So, working with a cloud provider ensures security for data, software and systems no matter where your workers are.
We deliver built-to-order IT for the alternative investment sector – if you are looking to incorporate remote working into your business structure we can help you do it.
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