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The Incredible Evolution Of Remote Technology

In recent years, remote working has become ever more common, with people working from home on a regular basis, or working remotely using on-premises and off-premises solutions. Many employees in international businesses have become ”digital nomads”, moving from place to place while still maintaining what is now considered a regular job role.

Just a few years ago, this level of access and control would have been impossible for regular travellers, but the technology that supports remote working has developed at an incredible rate, providing us with solutions that could not have been envisaged just a decade ago.

The Tech That Makes It Possible

Increasingly, businesses are choosing to use cloud infrastructure. This enables them and their staff to access business applications wherever they are located in the world, rather than relying on the location of a single physical office. As a result, their crucial software and files can now be made accessible from anywhere. Technimove has a cloud solution referred to as TTP (Technimove Transition Platform) that customers can use to swing physical infrastructure to the cloud for migrations, upgrades, development, disaster recovery, or as a second production Data Centre to increase bandwidth and aid with load balancing.

It comes as no surprise that Microsoft has been making significant moves towards offering cloud-based software as part of its technology infrastructure discussions with large organisations, governments and charities. In fact, Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most commonly used examples of cloud-based software, which means that, rather than just being a suite of programs installed on individual machines, it is also accessible online via a browser.

Employees are no longer restricted to certain locations or specific machines, which creates incredible opportunities for organisations, especially those who want their key personnel to be available to relocate based on the requirements of the business. In the past, these decisions would have been limited by the inability of the technology to offer secure connections to full versions of programs like Office 365. Now, however, cloud-based software has been seamlessly integrated into our working lives, which means that we expect always to have access to our important files and documents, wherever we are.

Online storage and VPN technology are also now the norm for most employees, allowing for easy collaboration between different parties and enabling staff to access important files, even when away from their devices or from the office.

It isn’t just advances in software technology that have enabled the remote working revolution, however. Greater internet connectivity and the rise of hot-desking and co-working spaces have also contributed to significant improvements in the availability of a suitable working environment.

The Benefits of Remote Work

The benefits of remote working can be seen across the board. Not only does it make staff more productive, but it has also been shown to increase happiness and decrease employee turnover. When workers are empowered to work from home through remote working technology, it significantly decreases stress and boosts morale, resulting in a far lower rate of absenteeism. A Global Leadership Summit survey indicated that business leaders expected over half of their workforce to be working remotely by the year 2020, thus reaping all of the benefits that remote working can provide.

 

For the Business For Employees
Physical offices in expensive locations like San Francisco and London are no longer a necessity to attract top employees from those locations. Employees experience reduced travelling time and in some cases avoid the need to commute altogether.
Employees are happier and so are more likely to stay – 90% of businesses surveyed believed remote working options reduced staff turnover (Global Workplace Analytics). There are reduced commuting and subsistence costs which can present significant savings.
Businesses can hire key personnel in locations where they do not have premises. Employees can wear whatever they like in order to be more productive.
Employee productivity can be increased by 43% according to a recent survey. (My HR Toolkit). Employees can manage their workloads around their lives.
It is eco-friendly – unnecessary travel is reduced. Employees feel empowered and in control of their own working day.

 

The millennial generation is increasingly finding its footing within the workplace and remote working is a priority for them. With a greater emphasis placed on work–life balance and a consistent desire for flexibility over stability, millennials are ideally suited to remote working and the benefits are being seen across the working population.

The Future of Remote Work

As popular as it already is, remote work is set to become all the more so in the future. As the availability of high-speed internet spreads and the technology becomes increasingly reliable, more and more companies will be able to adopt remote working practices.

The development of technologies to support remote working is accelerating, with advancements in secure VPNs, cloud-based storage solutions and reliable teleconferencing software. The significance of these advancements in remote technology is being recognised throughout society, so much so that in 2017 the UK Government committed an additional £21 million to investment in Tech City UK alone as part of its budget.

As the benefits become clear, businesses are moving to embrace these new technologies and so investment will continue to rise, with developers and IT professionals also eagerly seeking qualifications in the relevant areas. Within the space of a few years, we believe that remote working could become the norm for the majority of workers.

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