How to Transition From Remote Work To A Secure & Agile Workforce

One result of the widespread shift from office-based to remote working, prompted by a combination of digitalization of the working environment  and the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, is the huge challenge related to data security, workstation access, and organization compliance. Many of us had to deal with a sharp transition of the standard working model to a remote one while hardly being  adequately prepared in terms of equipment, infrastructure and security.   By Mary Bird.

As a matter of fact, it is essential for us to ensure remote work goes smoothly and safely no matter what. Thus, we are about to reassess  the long-term strategy to successfully move towards a secure and agile workforce in such an unprecedented time. 

The Strategic Plan Of Transition

Accelerating cloud-based services: To be short, a consistent development environment across the company makes it easier to work together and track down issues. It is all thanks to the amazing digital platforms we are having nowadays. Cloud-based services are an ideal business solution that allows for access to software applications on shared computing resources simply via the Internet. A company can arrange any job relocations and share access, which contributes to agile working, flexibility, and scalability. 

Moreover, according to Vormetric 85% of enterprises keep sensitive data in the Cloud. This strongly emphasizes the benefits of moving toward secure workflow along with the cloud-based services. There are no additional steps required to ensure data security and technology capacity, because it is already in there. 

Reconsidering shift patterns: Another important question is what kind of support do we all need to safely re-integrate employees back into the physical workplace and partly leave them in the remote mode. Change management is fundamental to reduce complexity when the crisis ends and we have to accept new changes again, as well as increase agility when it comes to a new type of the office or home based communication and engagement. In any case, effective teams need to know how to adapt and learn how to share work between offices, effectively communicate remotely, and develop a professional approach across geographies.

As the Adecco Group UK and Ireland study  suggests, 77% of employees vigorously claim that the best way forward post COVID-19 is through the hybrid workforce. Respectively, it is predominantly better to ensure both the physical and psychological changes are supported within your business. Once you achieve that maintaining working practices and cooperative caring atmosphere in the remote or office teams will be easier. 

Building An Agile Team: Responding to customer’s needs, doing constant incremental improvements, valuing interaction, all of these aspects make the whole team management. Indeed, it is vital to reinforce in the organization when there is a workforce shift. Communication between your group and customers can go not as expected, physical products cannot be tested as before. That’s why you have to create an emotional bond with clients.Never forget about the importance of internal negotiations. Work on your team by creating guidelines and defining the tasks, minimizing the friction in setting up the development environment.

By doing so, your team members will sail through post social distancing changes more easily and your customers will stay fully engaged. Customers find it more satisfying when their experience is personalized, facilitating healthy human interactions regardless of the environment should become your top priority. Whether online or offline you have to leverage all possible options.

Conclusion

Coordinating all the important processes, conveying information to and within a development team and customers requires a considerable shift in work culture. Teams need to accept a new working structure, while businessmen need to project a scale of work across different places. The easiest way to do so is by combining co-located and dispersed workers. Thus, an organization can keep working non-stop and if any challenges are on the way, it will be quickly tackled with agile software development and those who utilize it. On top of that, it is essential to build a corresponding relationship that reduces misunderstanding and improves decision making.

Mary Bird is an analyst and writer currently working at the software development company VironIT 

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