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Fixing the Challenges of Remote Work



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A year and a half ago, we would never imagine that everybody would be communicating via their laptop. Sure, we are an internet based society but for many of us once work was over we put our laptops in our bags and went home, only to open them up the next day at work and start all over again. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that every facet of our lives like work and family would be contained within an LCD screen.

Remote work seems normal to many now. We have the leisure of working from our bed, or the beach or anywhere we could imagine. In fact 98% of employees prefer to work remotely. Employers, for once, tend to agree with 78% surveyed that support further integration of remote work.

Leaders in industry such as Twitter, Facebook, Nationwide Insurance, and Zillow have also hopped on the remote work train by announcing a permanent shift to an online work environment. If remote work is so popular then why do 94% of people say they face significant challenges in their at home environment?

It turns out that remote work comes with a set of challenges unlike a fully in-person work environment. One of the biggest ones is that professionals are not equipped to handle internet issues at home. It can not be denied that an in-person work environment offers significant services to an employee that an at-home one cannot, like an IT department.

The lack of simplicity between work and online integration contribute a significant setback to the permanent installation of remote work. In fact, 61% of companies still say they are not equipped to manage remote work and account for security risks.

Security is a very big issue that remote work exacerbates. Issues related to phishing, VDI attacks, and VPN weakness had seen a significant increase since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With each employee being in a separate environment, it is becoming even harder to find solutions to keeping company data secure. Especially with the lack of connectivity and slowness of the internet.

The speed of the Internet has also become a significant setback to the effectiveness of remote work. With a 38% per household increase in data usage, Internet traffic has never been higher. With more and more people attempting to utilize Internet service it also leaves companies open to a multitude of different cybersecurity risks.

Companies like Ananda Networks have been working tirelessly to come up with a solution to speed up the internet for companies while not compromising security. One of their main solutions is to offer a way to struggling companies to provide a quick and secure way to supplement the productivity of remote work by building the future of networking.

This effort to provide a service so that employees and employers can compromise on what each side wants is the solution to a more productive work environment. When the employees can be in a safe and comfortable environment, their productivity increases which directly impact a company’s earnings.

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Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-present and joined the SXSW Advisory Board in 2019. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.