The Drive to Work Remotely
The global work force’s commute is changing.
The walk to the car, the turn of the key or push of a button that starts the engine and leads to the future, unknown drive to the office is shifting. This drive is often a series of red lights, on ramps, day-dreaming drivers, cut-offs and a fight with traffic, fraught with potential accidents that ruin an unwilling participant’s day.
For a growing number of employees, that’s all in the past. The commute is just a small walk down the hallway in their house and into a home office to sit down at their computer desk and log on to a remote desktop. For other people, it may be anywhere they want to work with their mobile device, just because they can.
The remote work trend is a significant win for everyday working people but how do remote workers help business owners and managers?
Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVDs) offer the same benefits and user interfaces as local computers except HVDs travel the network from the Cloud. The Cloud is a network environment that handles all of the heavy lifting server maintenance, data storage, and hardware infrastructure so the company end user can log on to a device from anywhere and access his personalized desktop and data files. The desktop has the same software panel, toolbar, and icons that you would typically see when logging on. The game-changing part is that you take the desktop with you and work from home or wherever you want to log on.
People who use HVDs enjoy several advantages. These are flexibility in their work schedule, device portability so that you can take a mobile device and work from anywhere, and a quality life-work balance. Juggling home life, doctors’ appointments, and family activities while trying to work on company projects can be a stress trigger. Who needs that? Being able to work around a daily schedule accomplishes one significant payback that is valued by both the manager and the employee–and that incredible word to companies everywhere is “Productivity.”
Studies have shown that employees are more productive when working remotely from home. They get more accomplished in whatever they are hired to do. If you employ the right people who are motivated, disciplined and work for a company that defines policies and parameters, several studies have shown that productivity will rise. For a balanced look at the issue, read this Forbes article.
For companies and managers, worker productivity is just a part of the beneficial equation.
Information Assurance and Security – Data security covers many factors that companies need to incorporate in their IT plans. These include government security standards if you want to do business with government offices and departments and means meeting a baseline list of criteria that provides application and operating systems updates, access control lists, and permission rights, network configurations, and other requirements. Host Virtual Desktops take care of these weekly and monthly security requirements so businesses can concentrate on making a profit part of their job.
Maintenance – Maintaining and managing a network is a 24/7 job. Having your network break down at the server level when orders are coming in can negatively affect a company’s reputation. A Cloud company’s role is to make sure the network and the products they host from the network are working continuously for the customer. That is why Cloud companies have redundant systems so in case one goes offline another picks up the workload.
Access – Being able to access a presentation or file from anywhere from any device is a corporate must in today’s business world. Cloud computing gives employees the ability to present, alter, create or open any presentation, metric graph or word document so they can do their job from the home office or at a business meeting downtown.
Scalability – Businesses hire people, and employees leave for other opportunities. That’s just the way the job market works in today’s economic whirlwind. The Cloud gives managers the flexibility to add workers and get them started with their own HVD so they can get started right away with the correct permissions and data rights. If someone leaves, then the Cloud removes their permissions and rights their data is secure so managers can access it later. The Cloud moves with a company’s requirements, not against it.
To highlight all of these, Ctrl Cloud, a company on the rise, was recently featured in the Myrtle Beach WMBF news about the future of remote work in Myrtle Beach.
In the news piece, Nicholas Ferry, who co-founded Control Cloud and Control Solutions Group, a platform that allows others to work remotely, said there are perks for both the employers and the employees by working remote.
“Working remote allows not only your employees, but your customers to reduce overhead, reduce workload, and establish work/life balance. Work/life balance for your employees is very important, to not only myself, but is important to the employer. You get better productivity, you have a happier staff,” said Ferry.
Hiring productive, qualified employees, who stay for the long term, while trying to grow or maintain a successful company has become more difficult these days. Creating a remote workforce can increase productivity and make a happy worker even more content while they balance home life and a successful career. Hosted Virtual Desktops and working remote is becoming more widespread in today’s employee recruitment strategy. Don’t be left at the door or worse on the highway waiting to get on the on-ramp.
Ctrl Cloud is a company that is at the leading edge of the HVD and remote desktop data availability. Sign up for a demonstration today to see how your organization can benefit from Cloud technology.
Chief content and technical writer
Rick Bretz possesses comprehensive experience in several subjects including video editing and production, radio/TV and journalism writing, videography, radio broadcasting, IT Management, Information Security and Assurance. He also works as a Senior Cyber Security Engineer for Vulnerability Management, Service/Infrastructure Operations and Platforms Support for the government. Mr. Bretz also is a documentation and technical writer for the Veteran Administration’s Continuous Readiness in Information Security Program. He also served in the US Army beginning in 1979, graduating from leadership schools and from Journalism, Broadcasting, Newspaper Editing and Public Affairs Supervisor courses. He retired from the Army with many writing and broadcasting awards to accept video production and management positions. He holds a BS degree in Information Technology with a Specialization in Security Assurance from Capella University and has a Security + Certification from CompTIA. Mr. Bretz also writes his own blog on topics that interest him that can be reached at pastparallelpaths.com.
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