Last year, COVID-19 necessitated a rapid migration from corporate to home offices, confronting many businesses with a connectivity crisis. And you and your IT team responded.
Now, as stay-at-home orders expire and more businesses open, a new challenge for you and your IT team comes into focus: Rapidly reshaping the workplace into a hybrid model where work and workers flow fluidly between remote locations – such as employees’ homes, public libraries, or any place remote workers choose to operate – and conventional company facilities, such as corporate HQs and branches.
Why? Because in one recent survey more than half (57%) of U.S. employees polled responded they won’t return to a job, post-pandemic, that doesn’t offer remote work as an option.* In short, today’s remote workers want to become tomorrow’s hybrid workers, supported by flexible network infrastructure that enables secure anytime, anywhere collaboration with colleagues and customers wherever and whenever they are on the job.
But how should you and your IT team respond to the next change in work? Is extending both enterprise-level connectivity and security to home environments the next logical step? We say: Yes! The best approach is treating each home as you would an edge location. Check out the 3 steps below to learn how to ensure the safest and most conducive environment for you and your workforce.
A hybrid work environment network is optimized for remote traffic, looking and feeling the same to employees working from home on their own devices as when working in the office on company devices. This means, just like your edge locations, the home locations on your hybrid network must have these fundamental features – regardless of when and where people log on to the network:
We recommend fortifying connectivity and security at edge locations – i.e., home offices – by upgrading to this equipment:
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*State of Remote Work, COVID Edition 2020: How employees across the U.S. feel about working remotely in a post-COVID-19 world, their new workplace expectations, and what employers need to know to recruit and retain top talent; OWL Labs, Global Workplace Analytics
A hybrid work environment network is optimized for remote traffic, looking and feeling the same to employees working from home on their own devices as when working in the office on company devices. This means the home locations on your hybrid network must have these fundamental features.