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The traditional workspace – Irrelevant or does it still have a place in an era of remote working?

- Remote working and digitalisation

Since the start of 2020 till current day, businesses and organisations around the world have had to adopt different working arrangements for employees from all levels. The drastic shift has pushed digitalisation much faster than expected, and as a result remote workers will represent 32% of all employees worldwide by the end of 2021, up from 17% in 2019 as estimated by Gartner. In addition, 51% of those employees will be working from home at least one day a week, in a hybrid working environment. So the questions remains, does the traditional workspace still have a place in an era or remote working? The short answer – yes, but it’ll be different (hint: a smaller footprint than before)

Gartner highlights that remote work has forced organisations to bring forward digital business transformation plans by at least five years. While this means lesser workers spending time in the physical office, it means a higher adoption of mobile devices in order to facilitate the switch. Predictions include workers using at least four different devices for remote working, up from three devices in 2019. Organisations and businesses need to ensure that they have the right unified endpoint management software such as ISM CloudOne, in order to manage the increased amount of mobile devices that workers will be utilising remotely for the future.

- A hybrid workforce for 2022 and beyond

Senior research director at Gartner Ranjit Atwal points out that “a hybrid workforce is the future of work, with both remote and on-site part of the same solution to optimise employer’s workforce needs”. However, the portion of remote workers will vary from country to country. In 2022, the US is expected to lead the trend with 53% accounting for the country’s workforce. In Europe, remote workers from the UK will represent 52% of its workforce, followed by Germany and France at 37% and 33% respectively. While China and India will produce one of the largest numbers of remote workers, their rates are comparatively lower at 28% and 30% respectively.

All these data points indicate how the hybrid workforce will continue to increase the demand for PCs and Tablets, with shipments of these products expected to exceed 500 million units for the first time in history. Hence, businesses and organisations can only expect to see more employees working remotely, and that means an increased possibility of workers facing security lapses in such devices. Companies must ensure that its workers’ mobile devices are secure and updated 24/7, in order to minimise lapses and facilitate remote working for the future.

Head on to Netmarks Singapore to learn more about ISM CloudOne and how unified endpoint management software can streamline your organisation’s IT assets.


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