Enterprises just weren’t designed for remote working. For decades, Europe’s workforce has been rooted in a repetitive business routine – a full workday with a hectic commute on either side. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned that model on its head. It led to masses of employees now demanding more flexible working policies from their employers long-term. Then comes in the the hybrid workplace, strolling in with just one question of trust or is it risk? […]
NOTES: The Hybrid Workplace: A Question of Trust or Risk?
Employers know that data breaches are far more likely to occur when staff are working away from the office. Therefore, companies are taking proactive steps to safeguard their businesses; from ensuring staff receive adequate cybersecurity training to deploying anti-phishing protection.
By allowing employees to work in coffee shops and beer gardens, this introduces the risk of corporate devices ending up in the wrong hands. It’s been found that a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds.
The first step that should be taken is to ensure that staff have a virtual private network (VPN) installed on their laptop so they can always benefit from the same security afforded to them in the workplace, wherever they may be.
Other reasons why the hybrid workplace has trust and risk concerns are; challenge around cloud security, and phishing attacks that have grown in popularity to become the most prevalent cybersecurity threat. Unfortunately, the threat level of this has gone beyond companies to the level of national security. And there has been an increase in massive and simple distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
The riskiest cyber threats are the ones that haven’t been detected yet. Which means, prevention is the ultimate cure.
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Many people have an inaccurate beliefs about their workload. Here are a few pointers to address this.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Get more done in the same amount of time by learning to work more efficiently. Better manage distractions and attention seeking activities. Learning a comprehensive workflow management system is another way to get more done in less time.
Ultimately your own work-life balance is completely up to you. No one can “give you” better balance. You have to take it.
Stop thinking that other people expect you to be available all the time. Also, trying to conform to the expectations that other people have for you is exhausting and ultimately futile.
You Have a Habit of Distraction
Your most important resources are not your time or your money or even your attention. Your most important resources are your body and your mind.
Manage checking your communication channels during workday every 1-3 minutes. Else, you get conditioned and wont be able to “shut it off,” workday, work week or at your personal time.
You Have Control
Studies show that a boss’s work-life balance is an important factor in the work-life balance of their employees, and that if all better utilize downtimes, everyone will likely to be physically and emotionally healthier.
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