Remote working increasing in popularity despite cost and data challenges

Remote working increasing in popularity despite cost and data challenges

An overwhelming majority of businesses (96 per cent) are currently permitting remote working, with 98 per cent adding that the practice has had a positive impact on their organisation.

According to a survey, conducted by Imation Corp, working from home (62 per cent), bring you own device (51 per cent) and virtual desktop infrastructure (46 per cent) were the most common methods of remote working.  

The increased flexibility that comes with this type of working is one of the key motivations for allowing remote working, with three in five companies stating the practice makes employees more motivated, with similar numbers also arguing it enhances productivity.

The influx of mobile devices, combined with more agile approaches to working, including BYOD, means remote working is unlikely to go away any time soon.

However, figures show there are still a number of organisations that are taking a somewhat relaxed attitude towards securing information within their ever-increasing systems.

Only 41 per cent of survey respondents said their organisation did not have a policy for mobile working in place, while a further 54 per cent said data being used remotely could be better secured.

Nick Banks, vice president EMEA and APAC at IronKey, claims security will soon become the most important consideration for companies implementing mobile and remote working.

He said: “Whilst making remote working available to a larger number of employees has its benefits, the cost and risks associated still make it a difficult route for many organisations to tread.

“It is important for companies to embrace mobile working, but managing the security of data on the move and ensuring there are policies in place to protect it, the employees, and the organisations who own it, should be a priority for anyone considering remote working."