Toshiba South Africa says that remote working in the country is on the rise with a third of South African employees working outside of their company offices.
According to Ronald Ravel, director B2B South Africa, Toshiba South Africa, companies have increased their investment in software to ensure that remote working is efficient for employees.
Ravel said that companies need to move beyond basic employee collaboration tools such as e-mail, and instead embrace a true digital workplace to drive continued productivity and competitive advantage.
“With this being said, organisations will need to transform to a digital workplace that senses and responds to the information needs of individual employees. Working remotely is becoming more common within organisations and with the arrival of cloud technologies, employees can now access company files and information securely via the cloud, it makes working from home beneficial for both employee and client.”
He said that while mobile technologies allow people to be productive wherever they are, overall, local working practices at many organisations have yet to catch on.
“Flexibility in the workplace and employee productivity will drive staff engagement and workplace satisfaction, which in turn will increase productivity while making long term cost cutting savings,” Ravel said.
He cautioned that CIOs are facing challenges when it comes to flexible working, such as securing corporate data, which will continue to be an ongoing battle.
“Even businesses with strong device usage policies and management strategies have been victims of data loss or a breach as a direct result of working remotely. CIOs will need to implement a security strategy that covers remote working as there is always the risk of human error with a company device getting stolen or employees leaving their devices on different modes of transport,” the Toshiba executive said.
CIOs need to implement a secure mobile working strategy for their business in order to create a happier workforce by allowing employees to work flexibly when and where suits them the most. This, said Ravel , is vital to protect the business critical data that is stored on these devices or accessible through their networks from being vulnerable to attacks and third party interference.