Remote Workforce – Goodbye 2020, We’ve Got 2021 Figured Out

Remote Workforce – Goodbye 2020, We’ve Got 2021 Figured Out

In the crisis of the early pandemic, business leaders quickly needed to facilitate remote work environments for their teams. Fast forward to 2021, and we can all agree that a remote workforce has become the “new normal” for many.

As 2021 begins, it’s safe to say most of us are navigating and figuring out the “new normal” pretty well these days. Since we’ve all had a chance to catch our breath, now is a great time to re-evaluate the remote workforce practices and policies that your business put into place last year.

Ask yourself, do we have the necessary hardware and software to facilitate long-term remote work?  What unique security challenges are here to stay? How will those challenges be addressed? Is my remote workforce equipped with the proper communication tools?

Revisiting 2020

The range of industries pushed to remote work was staggering in 2020. From education to banking to government, organizations were introduced to more technology than any year before. This took the form of new software applications, the extension of existing applications, and/or the introduction of new devices to keep organizations running and people productive.

The pandemic also triggered a wave of cybersecurity threats. Businesses experienced increased security risks to their IT networks, as legions of employees were suddenly operating in a work-from-home model. As of Dec. 16, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has logged almost 276,000 consumer complaints related to COVID-19, which two-thirds of them involved fraud or identity theft.

Meanwhile, the challenge expanded in getting teams to communicate and collaborate when they lacked physical proximity because they were not in the same office. Platforms like Microsoft Teams took on a new life as organizations scrambled to keep teams communicating and productive.

Planning 2021

Entre is committed to helping your business have a productive and safe 2021. The new year is an excellent time for organizations to pause and identify what IT gaps were introduced in 2020. If your organization hasn’t tackled the adoption of Microsoft Teams and/or Information Security policies and procedures, don’t worry – it’s not too late to start. We are available to discuss facilitating a remote workforce, Information Security, and cloud adoption.

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