10.02.2022 NEWS

3 considerations to making your Hybrid working a success

 

According to a recent report on flexible working, 47 of 50 of the UK’s largest employers told a BBC Survey that they would either be encouraging staff to work from home two or three days a week or keeping hybrid working under review.

As restrictions ease, organisations of all sizes are adapting to a return to the office environment along with flexibility for home working. Businesses will need to work hard to ensure they are building a clear and effective hybrid workplace and in doing so, they will need a clear strategy. The decisions in getting this strategy right will impact everything; from your culture, how you attract and retain talent, how you respond to change and how you innovate. Rolling out new initiatives and encouraging your team to come up with creative ideas is great. Use data and your employee’s own engagement to gauge success. Learning and correcting as you go. In summary, if you are like us here at Active Digital; don’t be afraid of change.

Here are three things to consider when making hybrid working a success in your organisation.

  1. People 

Your people are the heart of your business. And their wellbeing is critical. Over 70 percent of employees want flexible remote working to continue, while over 65 percent crave more in-person time with their teams. Hybrid working requires leaders to ensure employees have the flexibility to work when and where they want.

According to Microsoft, almost half of the global workforce is likely to consider leaving their current employer this year. This means to stay competitive you need to take a people-first approach to your hybrid working strategy. Therefore, consider employee wellbeing as a daily priority and consider what you can do to ensure your employees are finding a good work/life balance.

At Active Digital, our Get Active Digital program has been running successfully for over two years. This purpose-built app and program created by Active Digital and our sister company ILG Business, gives us the collaborative, digital tools to:

  • instant messaging and chat groups
  • monitor wellbeing stats
  • fitness activity log
  • podcast and news updates
  • access the information they need. When they need it

Looking to roll out your own company wellbeing program?

Contact us for advice on our Get Active Digital program as we are now ready to take this to market.

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  1. Cloud

    As the cloud industry matures, it’s no longer a question of if you’re in the cloud, but how many clouds you’re in. Most businesses now understand that there isn’t a “one cloud fits all” solution and have shifted towards a hybrid or multi-cloud model.

The move to a cloud-first infrastructure has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, changing long-term migration plans to almost overnight deployments and for some, a complete rethink going forward.

For 2022, over 90% of businesses surveyed by analyst IDC say they intend to pursue the cloud more aggressively, relying on a mix of private clouds, multiple public clouds, and legacy platforms. The reasoning is to build business continuity in the wake of the pandemic, by adding greater resilience and financial liquidity into their operations.

Meanwhile, according to another report from Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report, enterprises are broadly embracing a multi-cloud strategy, with an estimated 92% of companies adopting a multi-cloud approach. The research revealed that enterprises currently use an average of 2.6 public and 2.7 private clouds within their infrastructure, suggesting multi- and hybrid setups have become commonplace.

Cloud-enabled devices and intelligent apps that support operations, collaboration, and productivity all require digital knowledge. Research from Microsoft found that 63 percent of UK employees said they don’t have the digital skills needed to fulfil these roles.

With Active Digital, we can help you with product choices as well as building you employee digital skills with deployment and training days. We are here to help your business to grow and thrive through investment in cloud-based technology. We are by your side to gently encourage innovation and nurture growth in your business overall.

  1. Security

A Study of UK home workers found that one in five had received no training on cybersecurity, so the rise of hybrid working arguably necessitates greater investment in this area. In the past, organisations may have permitted employees to copy files onto hard drives and take them home. However, times have significantly moved on. Employees now need access to all their files in a cloud-based drive, so they can access files more safely and securely. As an Apple Reseller, Mac, iPad and iPhone from Active Digital all come with encryption technology that keeps your corporate data safe and sound for greater peace of mind.

Mac’s T2 Security Chip provides hardware encryption of data being written or read on the local storage, while Secure Enclave is a dedicated processor that handles secure authentication with TouchID and FaceID that is isolated if a device is compromised.

Applications delivered through the App Store are vetted scrupulously by Apple to ensure they do not break Apple’s security and privacy policies or introduce malicious software to your device. This secure platform is made possible by the combination of hardware, software and services built and provided from Apple.

In short, Apple has a laser focused approach to privacy and security which makes them a brilliant choice for hybrid working. Active Digital can help you administer your entire Apple estate remotely, with zero touch deployment and the power to disable lost or stolen devices in just a few clicks. Apple’s strength when it comes to MDM is great news for secure hybrid working and that is what we do best.

In short, equip your employees with both digital skills and secure technology to give them the autonomy to solve challenges and reimagine traditional, outdated processes. When you automate processes and workflows, you can innovate manual work, reduce errors, and discover new insights to improve services.

Talk to us about how your organisation can embrace hybrid working for today and tomorrow.

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