Mobile work becoming “new normal” in the enterprise
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

When LogMeIn recently surveyed their 3,700 global employees on where they want to work in a post-COVID-19 world, only 5 percent said they’d be happy returning to the office five days a week.

As a result, while the company’s plans to return to the office remain fluid, CEO Bill Wagner anticipates that of the 700 employees who work out of the company’s Boston headquarters, only 20 percent will be returning to the office full time.

Similar forecasts are increasingly common across the enterprise landscape, as businesses are reevaluating their long-term plans for the main and remote office now that they’ve (hopefully) passed the crash-course in work-from-home (WFH) thrown at them by the global pandemic.

Tech giant Siemens recently announced that they would establish mobile working as a “core component of the new normal” for workers across their business, going so far as to make mobile working two to three days a week a standard across the organization. This makes Siemens among the largest businesses in the world to outright abandon the traditional office-centric model that has dictated work for generations.

“We trust our employees and empower them to shape their work themselves so that they can achieve the best possible results. With the new way of working, we’re motivating our employees while improving the company’s performance capabilities and sharpening Siemens’ profile as a flexible and attractive employer,” said Roland Busch, Deputy CEO and Labor Director of Siemens AG.

This “new normal” applies to more than 140,000 of the company’s employees at over 125 locations in 43 countries, and was effective immediately as of July 16.

It’s safe to say that this is only the start of a larger trend, as mobile working increasingly appears to be the way forward for businesses well beyond the end of the pandemic (whenever that may be). As we’ve discussed before, many workers viewed the rush to WFH as a trial to prove to leadership that they were just as productive (if not moreso) when they were allowed to sign on from their home office.

At many companies, the trial has proven successful, as mobile work hasn’t resulted in losses to productivity and has allowed companies to explore cost-savings that could add up to $11,000 per employee for some of the largest enterprises. It’s also helped push the gas on digital transformation efforts that have helped make enterprise networks more agile and responsive.

But there are caveats to WFH that pose a whole new slew of challenges for enterprise IT teams if they don’t deploy a new strategy when it comes to managing and monitoring end user performance in a WFH world. For starters, many workers may be accessing enterprise workflows via last-mile residential ISP connections that go beyond the traditional network edge.

IT teams need a solution that can grant them visibility into that last-mile connectivity where many issues in the WFH era are most likely to take place. Without this visibility, IT teams can’t take a proactive approach to mitigating issues, let alone diagnosing them, which can cause productivity headaches across the organization.

To learn how your team can expand your network visibility and address issues more quickly in the WFH era, join our webinar on July 28 at 1 PM ET, 3 Ways To Make IT More Efficient.

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