The remote workforce is growing. Last year, nearly 50% of Americans said they spent at least some time working away from the office—and the trend has transcended continents, countries and industries. In a recent survey, 80% of Australians said they would be more likely to stick with their current employer if offsite flexibility were an option. Professional services firms, once lagging in the digital transformation, are quickly adapting to the changing workforce by offering their teams more mobility than ever.
Remote working isn’t just good for employees; it can also boost your professional services firm’s growth.
Remote working isn’t just good for employees; it can also boost your professional services firm’s growth. Companies that allow employees to work remotely at least three times a month are three times more likely to report revenue growth of over 10% over the past year. However, problems remain. Switching from working in the office to working at home can be clunky and inefficient, confronting managers with security, productivity and system compatibility issues.
When your staff and devices are spread across the country, your entire professional services firm becomes more susceptible to security attacks. Devices can become infected with malware or simply lost. Either way, your data is at risk. With the recent changes in data breach regulations, that’s one huge risk your business won’t want to take.
When you can’t see employees every day, it can be difficult for managers to keep track of their productivity. While most remote workers will be motivated, there will always be those who take advantage of the system. Managers will need to devise new systems for maintaining accountability and productivity.
What happens if employees forget the USB stick containing all their recent work, or simply can’t run the programs they need on their laptop? Inefficiencies will occur if your staff can't transition seamlessly between home and the office—taking crucial time away from your most pressing work.
The Antidote to Remote Workforce Issues
In light of these challenges, more businesses are embracing DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) as solutions to their remote working woes. By using DaaS, your employees can have the same experience whether they are in the office, home or anywhere else in the world. The solution is becoming so popular that the global hosted desktop market has been forecasted to post a compound annual growth rate in excess of 11% between 2017 and 2021.
More professional services firms are embracing virtual positions and the secure, streamlined technology necessary to make the shift work. Learn more about how DaaS can make your business’ transition to remote working painless and profitable for your business as well as your staff.