Using tech to improve your work life balance
Posted 1st August 2019
Technology has always been designed to try to make life easier and now with organisations legally required to consider employee flexibility, it can help your team achieve a desirable work/life balance.
Recruiting and retaining good staff is something that all businesses have in the back of their minds and many workers are now requesting more flexible options, such as remote working, to fit in around their lives and their families. It has been shown that providing the opportunity for flexible working can improve productivity and reduce the chance of office-based conflict.
So, how can technology help your team achieve a more flexible way of working?
The cloud has completely changed that way that businesses and employees interact with each other. Employees no longer need to be in the office to complete their jobs. So long as they have an internet connection, they can work from anywhere.
An important factor to remember is that the cloud solution that you use needs to be reputable, particularly with GDPR in force. A data breach caused by using a cloud provider that isn’t accredited could result in a large fine from the ICO. When thinking about creating a cloud based working solution for your team, it’s best to speak to some experts to find the one that works best for your business and your team.
Bring your own device (BYOD)
In some cases, it makes sense for employees to be able to access company data on their own devices, for example accessing documents from their phones or tablets. Normally an app or piece of software is installed on the device, allowing your team member to access company approved apps.
Doing this means that you still retain security control over the access that your employee has and, if the device is lost or stolen, can lock access, stopping potential security breaches.
It is worth remembering that if you are planning on creating a more flexible working environment, you will need to fully update your policies and processes and that you fully brief your team about the security implications of remote working.