In Utah’s pilot teleworking initiative, the traditional office structure has been radically reimagined to not only save time and money but also reduce emissions and stress. Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox considers remote work as a living and breathing concept that adapts to changing technologies, team members and expectations. The decentralized work model has kick-started the engines of productivity and the results are quite promising.
Governor Cox recognized the potential of telecommuting and the urgent need for connecting Utah’s demographic to outlying work opportunities. He quipped, “The technology is cheap and ubiquitous and available”. The crux of the matter is, a streamlined communication and management channel can make for a thriving remote working environment.
Because of a predominantly dreary vibe, employees often come late to the office and make up for it by leaving early. Instead of being anti-office, the pilot intends to adopt a location agnostic approach towards work. Utah also sought inspiration from Tenessee’s telework program where a similar model is helping them save millions of dollars in rental costs every year.
Moreover, Forbes reported that employees are highly productive when working remotely, as they don’t need to commute and they are self-motivated to deliver their work on time. In essence, remote work offers convenience and comfort to the employees. And since they work from home, car emissions are implicitly reduced!
The pilot involving 136 employees, was thoroughly evaluated under accurate parameters and the outcomes were very encouraging. Telecommuting increased employee productivity by 23% and prevented 273 pounds of vehicle emissions!
However, to implement a remote workforce in any capacity, a substantial number of questions need to be addressed. Do the workers need new skills? Will they need different technologies? Does management need to be trained on how to properly handle a remote workforce? Is there a need to implement different security protocols? What positions do you want to be remote?
Just like a house of cards, the teleworking model collapses if remote workers aren’t monitored properly. Remote monitoring is necessary to make sure everyone is in compliance with workplace policies. Above all, it is a valuable security tool. As you on-board more remote workers, it becomes difficult to track their activity and fend off harmful security threats. Having a monitoring tool assists with this problem.
Remotedesk by Verificient is an automatic monitoring solution that securely identifies and safeguards the privacy of a work-at-home agent. It prevents any malicious insider breaches and delivers a “Clean Desk” environment to facilitate remote work. It preserves conduct and integrity by making sure that only authorized agents gain access to critical data.
In sectors like healthcare, government, technology, retail, education, and finance, sensitive data is handled at scale and any breaches during teleworking can be catastrophic. With flexible remote work policies becoming more commonplace, companies must discover how to compete without compromising on risk and data security. Remotedesk proactively safeguards sensitive client data and prevents malicious insider data breaches by obtaining high-value identity authentication and verifying the compliance of remote workers.