“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”
In order to survive in this highly competitive world, businesses must undergo a ‘change management process’ for rapid growth. There is no doubt that the year 2020 prompted some unexpected transformation for each sector. However, businesses gained back their momentum by amending their policies. As a result, they are now looking forward to accepting the ‘New Normal’ and permitting employees to work remotely even in the coming year.
Therefore, let’s look at some significant workplace trends that companies must keep in mind for 2021.
1. Hybrid Workplace
Hybrid work is nothing but a combination of work-from-home and onsite work. In this model, some employees will prefer to skip the commute and work remotely full-time, while others prefer working from the office as they find that more productive. A survey shows that 55% of US workers want a mixture of home and office working. Employers expect the proportion of regular home workers to double in the UK from 18% pre-pandemic to 37% post-pandemic. In China, employment expert Alicia Tung has predicted that in 10 years, there will be a 60/40 split of onsite/remote work.
2. Acceleration in remote hiring
In order to keep the business running, companies didn’t hamper their hiring process. In fact, hiring got much simplified with technology, replacing in-person interviews with virtual hiring and onboarding.
The use of cloud-based HR technologies will increase as companies seek to provide a seamless employee experience for those who work remotely, helping them stay engaged and productive. These tools can be used to facilitate virtual hiring, onboarding, learning and development, performance management, smart decision-making, and more.
3. Use of cloud-based technology
Cloud-based technologies help employees gain seamless remote work experience. To work remotely, companies need employees to have access to corporate resources through cloud technologies as it facilitates virtual hiring, secure onboarding, learning and development, performance measurement, and smart decision-making, among others. Companies will have to prioritize spending on cloud computing and virtual desktop infrastructure in the years to come.
4. Ramp up Cybersecurity concerns
To cut down on malware, spyware, and other cyber attacks, businesses must realize that cybersecurity is critical now more than ever. Experts say that a better option to mitigate cyberattacks’ risk is to restrict access to files more stringently. As many as 99.8% of the IT sector employees in India don’t get adequately trained to work under remote work conditions. As a result, they fall victim to malicious threats. Companies need to shift to cloud-based technologies, secure private networks, multi-factor authentication, and remote employee monitoring tools to cope with such challenges.
RemoteDesk – Leveraging secure remote work environment
RemoteDesk is an AI-based remote workforce management and data loss prevention software that:
- Monitors employee activity when they are working from remote locations.
- Verify your workers’ identity with multi-factor biometric authentication upon entry, and facial recognition throughout, detect illicit behavior by tracking web activity and keystrokes (i.e., copy/paste, print-screen, etc.), and monitoring their workspace.
- Identify patterns of misconduct with flagged reports of compliance infractions detected by Remotedesk, complete with screenshot evidence & time-stamped video playback.
Learn more about cybersecurity with RemoteDesk: https://www.remotedesk.com/blog/article/work-in-a-secure-environment-cyber-security-with-remotedesk
5. Eliminate communication gaps
With distributed workforces, lack of communication can cause significant challenges in the flow of work. That being so, companies must utilize collaboration platforms like Slack, Microsoft Teams, Google hangouts meet, Cisco WebEx, etc., to connect better with co-workers and keep avoidable mistakes far off.