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Report: Remote work could save $3k per employee, with the right tools
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

Fifty-four percent of office workers say they’d leave their job for one that offers flexible work time, according to a recent Gallup poll.

What’s more, Gallup found that those who work remotely 60 percent to 80 percent of the time (ie. three to four days in a five-day work week) feel that they are more fully engaged with their managers and teams (41 percent) than those who never work remotely (30 percent).

While this isn’t to say that completely remote or virtual organizations are the way of the future, the Gallup Research published this past January does suggest that businesses and employees no longer view the standard 9-to-5, five-day workweek as the best model for doing business.

Instead, Gallup’s findings illustrate that worker flexibility can pay off in spades, both in terms of worker productivity and in operational cost savings.

In a 500-employee company, for example, where employees work remotely three days a week, the survey finds that if employees with an average engagement rate improved productivity by 5% by working remotely, the company would save approximately $3,000 per employee.

For the largest enterprises, this could translate into many millions of dollars in savings.

But in order for companies to actually reap the benefits of a flexible or remote workforce, they need to arm their employees with tools that can break down geographical barriers to active engagement. To that end, it’s just as important to arm enterprise IT teams with the visibility they need to ensure these tools are always up and running, regardless of where users are located.

The rise of SaaS and web apps – specifically, unified communications solutions that can be deployed quickly combined with the increase in network speeds that can handle quality conferencing – has made it easier for teams to bridge the miles between employees to keep them in sync. But because these solutions are largely delivered via third-party vendors, IT teams don’t inherently have control over their performance or outright visibility into the web paths these tools travel which leads to difficulties when addressing issues.

To gain this visibility, teams need a monitoring strategy that can actively track web paths beyond the WAN edge and into third-party environments. This includes granular details into specific users and apps so that IT can effectively serve the entire organization even if teams aren’t housed under one roof.

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Tags: Gallup poll, virtual organization, decentralization, cloud computing, enterprise IT, enterprise WAN, enterprise, work from home, remote workforce, remote office, remote workers, remote work, network monitoring, network performance monitoring

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