Digital transformation

Just how did remote working come to be a global phenomenon?

How did remote working become so popular? And why is it critical to business success? Here are the facts behind its meteoric rise.

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You probably know the story by now – remote working is growing more popular by the day. Giving employees the chance to work more flexibly from a café, beach or front room of their choice is heralded as a clear way to improve staff productivity and morale. And working on the move also benefits employees who are often on the road. It’s a logical move for employers looking to adapt and succeed in today’s responsive world. But like most ‘explosive’ trends, remote working has been on the rise for quite some time already.

The remote working phenomenon

From humble farmhands to modern-day digital nomads, here’s how remote working has evolved:
Remote working infographic

Tech inventions have helped, too

As you can see, remote working only really became possible after cloud computing was widely adopted. But there have been numerous technological advancements that have helped facilitate this trend. Here are the key ones:

Mobile phones

We love them, don’t we? They’ve come a long way from the bricks of yesteryear, mind. Now, our trusty tablets and smartphones keep us connected wherever we go.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture

You, the airport, and the ability to access work emails from your own phone. BYOD culture means workers can stay on top of their work, wherever they are, right at their fingertips.

Collaboration apps

Platforms like Slack and Sharepoint allow remote workers to stay connected globally, and with the trusted help of cloud SaaS (software-as-a-service) solutions like Google Docs, you can work on documents and projects in sweet harmony from opposite sides of the world.

woman working at laptop in a futuristic city lake

Co-working spaces

You know the ones. A home away from home for many modern-day remote workers. More often than not, these buildings are beautifully decorated with enough ‘breakout spaces’ to host everyone in a small business at once. Probably why they’re so expensive.

Virtual reality

Whaaaaaat?! You heard right. Soon cometh the emergence of virtual-reality meetings. Just strap on a VR headset, dress your avatar for the occasion (no, not in the pajamas you’re wearing!) and connect with colleagues from the comfort of your sofa. No more muffled conference calls (and no barking-dog-in-the-background avatar. Maybe). This is the future.

Work anywhere, secure everywhere

This is all well and good. But with the proliferation of remote working and flexible-working arrangements, what’s the impact on cybersecurity? From malware and ransomware to decentralizing control of your IT networks, there are a few critical things you’ll need to do to protect your business.

Kaspersky’s whitepaper on remote working has all the key data and recommendations on the future of remote working and how to keep your business and your employees safe… even when they’re out sipping lattes in the café while collaborating on shared docs.

Work anywhere, secure everywhere

Download the whitepaper to explore the evolution of remote working

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Ryan Loftus is a freelance writer specializing in topics like technology, climate change, and the future of agriculture. He's interested in farming advancements and how they can help combat global warming.