Despite the tragedies that resulted from the pandemic, there were a few silver linings—one of which was the wide-scale adoption of remote and hybrid work environments. According to a study by Gallup, approximately half of all U.S. full time employees are working in a hybrid model.
From saving time and money on commuting to providing a more comfortable work environment, many organizations have wholeheartedly embraced remote work. While it seems the infatuation with working away from the office is here to stay, 59% of U.S. employees prefer a more hybrid approach, working a few days in the office and a few days at home. Read on to learn how to enable a hybrid work ecosystem and some of the infrastructural tools that can make it successful.
Enabling Business Communications for Hybrid Work
A unified communications solution will keep you connected at the workplace or in your home office. It’s a cloud-based solution, which means it can ring to your desk phone, or you can use a softphone on your computer. You also have the option of having your calls forwarded to your mobile phone or device.
Streamlining communication makes meetings easier as well. These platforms allow you to meet with attendees whether they’re at the office or working remotely. A unified communications solution also is easier for IT teams to manage, especially for a hybrid staff.
By implementing SD-WAN and using it to bolster your network strategy, you support a more agile work environment—whether employees are in the office or working from home. SD-WAN uses software to control the behavior and optimize the features of a network, making it easy to adapt it to your needs as they change. Because SD-WAN comes with a centralized management and monitoring orchestrator, it can eliminate the need to hire a special technician to install it. The centrally-located orchestrator also makes monitoring activity and addressing remote issues easy.
Keeping Both Office and Home Office Environments Secure
Endpoint monitoring and management can play a critical role in maintaining cybersecurity in a hybrid work environment. Cybercriminals love to take advantage of your organization’s vulnerabilities, and their opportunities only increase when remote work arrangements are added to the mix. The vulnerabilities may originate in an employee’s home office, but they may accidentally introduce threats to your primary system because they take their laptop into the office. However, by using an endpoint security system, you can monitor all connected devices, regardless of where users are.
You can support an efficient, productive, and safe hybrid work environment by enabling a unified business communications setup, optimizing connectivity with SD-WAN, and securing the endpoints that connect to your system. Learn how TPx can help by reaching out today!