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Businesses talk a lot about how the workplace is supposedly becoming more flexible and connected. Remote working is becoming increasingly mainstream, with recruitment sites like Glassdoor seeing growing demand from job seekers for employers who enable them to work from home, or other locations.

Our recent report ‘The State of IT – The Employee Verdict’, shows there is hunger for remote working within the UK workforce, with almost three quarters (71%) of the 2,000 UK knowledge workers we surveyed revealing they would like the option to work remotely.

However, on this point there is a disconnect between what workers want and what employers actually provide: at the moment less than a third (32%) of UK workers are allowed to work remotely whenever they want.

The balancing act

So, what’s stopping businesses from embracing remote working? The issue is that while they want to enable employees to be as flexible and productive as possible, they also have to ensure staff can securely access applications and data from any device (corporate or personal).

The financial and reputational risks of having unprotected data on employee devices has never been higher.  When you consider that nine in ten (92%) workers believe that it’s their employer’s responsibility to ensure IT security when using a different device or working remotely, they’re right to tread carefully. However, a reluctance to give staff access to their preferred technologies holds enterprises back from becoming user-centric.

Remote working is an attractive prospect for employees looking to find a healthy work/life balance, so businesses can attract talent by making it possible for employees; however, they must find a way to keep data safe while doing so.

By replacing traditional desktops and applications with more user-centric and modern IT environments, businesses can have better control over sensitive data they need to protect, while allowing employees to work more flexibly and safely no matter where they are.

As the importance of remote working is only set to increase for employees, and become a bigger factor in their career choices, organisations’ ability to strike the right balance will become increasingly crucial.

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