Enabling remote work can lead to substantial business and economic benefits. But to achieve these benefits, you need the right technology that allows employees to work from anywhere effectively.
With more employees working from home, IT teams are scrambling to get everyone connected.
Until recently, many companies thought they had the right tools to help employees work from any location. But, now that businesses are moving their remote work processes from “in theory” to “in practice,” they are discovering that this is not the case.
Many companies are rushing to give employees new remote productivity and collaboration tools. However, they are putting little consideration into how these technologies will impact their IT complexity and data security.
Allowing users to supply their own tools is convenient but could add even more complexity. If business units and employees choose their own tools, you may:
As an IT leader, you have the opportunity to build a secure and flexible workplace—minimizing your risks while helping your company achieve massive productivity and economic benefits.
Flexible working options could increase the United States’ GDP by 10.2%
Even before the global pandemic, research showed that supporting a remote workforce yields economic benefits. A 2019 study by the Centre of Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found that flexible work models have a positive economic impact on individual businesses, as well as local and global economies.
According to the study of more than 2,500 U.S. knowledge workers, flexible work helps companies attract talent in a hyper-competitive labor market and increase employee engagement and productivity. Ultimately, these efforts can boost the U.S. economy by $2.36 trillion per year.
By offering flexible or remote work options, your company can expand its talent pool by engaging the following candidates:
Key benefits of flexible working for employees
of respondents said flexible working options would help them manage their time more effectively and devote extra hours to work tasks
of employees said remote work would help them get more done, as they would spend less time commuting
Commuting hours saved each year
Saved in commuting costs
Back in the pockets of U.S. workers, due to time and cost savings
You can also entice contract and part-time employees to take on more work.
The CEBR study revealed that:
Companies that wish to attract and retain skilled employees—and sustain productivity no matter what happens—must redefine the “workplace.”
This means that your IT team must create flexible digital environments that allow employees to access the apps and data they need to perform at their best from any location.
With new models of work and continually shifting business needs, it’s critical for you to provide users with the right tools. You must move beyond piecemeal collaboration apps to offer an integrated platform that gives employees an easy, secure way to find information and perform essential tasks.
Flexibility and mobility are crucial to employee engagement and business success in today’s rapidly evolving work environment. But to achieve these benefits, you need to unify your technology.
Citrix Workspace empowers employees by pulling all of the apps, files, and data that they need into a single platform that is accessible from any device or location. Keeping everything in one place also gives IT more visibility and control for simplified management, security, and compliance.
The following are five ways Citrix Workspace solves barriers to mobility and flexibility.
1. Provide a seamless user experience
Citrix Workspace supports iOS, Mac OS, Android, Chrome OS, and Windows. These options help you give employees a consistent experience—no matter what device or operating system they use.
Additionally, Citrix Workspace eliminates many of the distractions that prevent employees from getting stuff done. It does this by aggregating all of their relevant content, data, and applications into a single interface. When employees log in, they will see a personalized feed with their priority tasks at the front and center.
Employees no longer need to jump between multiple apps and files to complete a single task. With everything in one place, they can spend less time searching for information and more time on the high-value work that matters.
2. Reduce risk with a zero trust approach to access
Empower employees to work from any device and location without compromising IT security. With Citrix Workspace, your IT team can:
3. Simplify IT management and scalability
Citrix Workspace provides a unified management console where you can gain an on-demand view of your company’s endpoints, apps, and data. Storing all of this information in one location makes it easier for you to monitor and control your environment.
You can also minimize IT management while supporting a growing workforce. It’s easy to scale Citrix Workspace for seasonal workers, new branch offices, or in-house employees who suddenly need to work remotely.
4. Maintain visibility into and control over sensitive data
You don’t need to sacrifice your security to provide employees with flexibility. Citrix Workspace gives you the visibility and controls you need to respond to the new ways people work.
5. Enable remote work without a VPN
Set up your remote employees quickly without creating the security and user experience gaps that are common with VPNs. Citrix Workspace offers a secure alternative to the traditional VPN appliance-based approach. It does this by providing access to intranet resources through the Workspace app or any native browser installed on an end-user device.
With Citrix Workspace, you can:
Meanwhile, users will can keep their personal privacy intact when they use their own devices for work. They can also access all of their applications with SSO, eliminating the hassle of memorizing multiple passwords or dealing with VPNs.
Greenberg Traurig LLC, a global law firm, has built its reputation on delivering innovative, quality legal representation. Sometimes, that means doing work after traditional business hours, from remote locations, while attorneys are on the go, or even during natural disasters.
The law firm chose Citrix technology to simplify its workflows and processes, making it easier for its IT team to manage diverse challenges and disparate environments.
Citrix Workspace consolidates the firm’s IT services onto one platform. As a result, attorneys can securely work, audit documents, and take care of billing from one dashboard. In a highly regulated industry such as the legal field, ensuring the security of sensitive data is a critical part of being compliant and serving clients. With Citrix, the firm’s IT team can maintain control over security functions while giving employees and clients a better experience.