Technology solutions are making the transition to a home office a seamless one. Before we discuss the technology, let’s look at some of the facts.
Did you know that 62% of employees believe their productivity increases when they work from home – away from typical office distractions? Yet only 15% say their companies support remote working arrangements.
Information provided by the University of North Carolina indicates worker productivity actually increases when employees work from a home office. This is because workers are able to be more efficient when working from home. A sick worker, for example, may normally need to take the day off to recover — when working from home, however, he or she can still perform many tasks and catch up on things during the weekend or evening.
Statistics prove that work from home arrangements reduces the employers overhead, reduces turnover, increases productivity and morale; in addition to reducing environmental impact.
“Business leaders assume employees who work remotely and take advantage of the policy are not really working. This is because of the loss of control. Employers lose direct oversight and cannot witness productivity firsthand.” And therein is the problem, and also the seeds of a solution. Bad managers—which, let’s face it, are most of them—don’t set specific, measurable goals and outcomes. So they think they are “witnessing productivity” when a worker sits in her cube, but they are really just witnessing presence. (We all know there are plenty of ways to goof off or slow down the work stream when we are “at” work.) If managers would just establish goals, rhythms of communication and metrics, than they would actually know whether someone was being productive or not, regardless of where the person was physically sitting” See the Forbes article here.
Is a Remote Workforce the Right Solution for Your Business?
Ask yourself the following questions to evaluate whether a remote workforce suits your business.
If you answered “YES” to seven or more questions, a comprehensive remote – work program and usage policy has the potential to significantly improve your business performance.” http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/5/D/85DB9B6D-02A1-41B9-A604-7A69C59A4F41/WorkWithoutWalls.pdf
Now for the Tech part.
Recent advancements in networking solutions have brought a mature line of Remote Access Points or RAP devices. One of the industry leaders in this is Aruba Networks Inc. http://www.arubanetworks.com has released a line of wireless access points that allow a remote user to work remotely and securely with network capability just like being in the office. If you have IP based phones you can also deploy a handset remotely with the same features and seamless function as being in the office.
With the RAP-3WNP deployed at the remote location and the 7005-US configured in the main office, a secure network (VPN) tunnel is created over the internet to provide the remote user full functionality of the office environment.
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