Businesses must prepare for future disruptions

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Studies have shown that employees are more productive when they have the option to work from home. Picture: Getty Images / Gallo Images
Studies have shown that employees are more productive when they have the option to work from home. Picture: Getty Images / Gallo Images

Unanticipated disruptions could occur at any time and change any business in an instant. Everyone needs to be prepared for these unexpected events. The faster employees can pick up where they left off, the better positioned a business will be to meet the needs of its customers.

Disruptions can occur at any moment and for many reasons, from power outages to pandemics. While nobody can predict the impact of future events, it is possible to be prepared. Work-from-home solutions can ensure a steady stream of productivity and profits, no matter what happens in future.

With a business continuity plan that establishes remote work as the norm, not the exception, teams can continue to work from anywhere, under all kinds of conditions. The key is to rethink and restructure how, where and when work happens.

Work from home

Studies have shown that employees are more productive when they have the option to work from home. Empowering employees to work from home will keep productivity flowing, even in the midst of interruptions. But that’s not the only reason to embrace remote work.

One needs to bring all apps and data into one secure, central location so employees can easily pick up right where they left off – from anywhere and on any device. For remote work to be effective, the experience has to be consistent and providing the right remote technology and tools is just the start.

Read: How to stay productive when working from home

When the employee experience is already outstanding, people can continue to do their best work even in the midst of disruptions. If they are forced to spend precious hours hunting down information and switching apps, productivity can plummet quickly.

Solutions such as Citrix Workspace give employees a better way to work, both from home and in the office, with adaptive workspace intelligence that organises, guides and automates work.

Keeping data secure

Reports of corporate data attacks increase significantly in times of uncertainty, when anxiety and confusion can cause employees to let down their guards. Companies therefore need to take a zero-trust approach to securely delivering apps and data, and without the need for a VPN.

When the employee experience is already outstanding, people can continue to do their best work even in the midst of disruptions. If they are forced to spend precious hours hunting down information and switching apps, productivity can plummet quickly

By continually evaluating access based on what users do and which devices they use, businesses can rest assured their resources are secure and compliant at all times.

Scale quickly

What happens when there’s a sudden, sharp increase in the number of employees working remotely? It could mean an unforeseen surge in demand and can put tremendous strain on unprepared systems.

By taking steps to modernise IT security and simplify access ahead of time, businesses will be ready to meet changing needs with ease.

Kruger is the CEO of Troye - an Information Technology solutions specialist and professional managed IT services provider


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