The hybrid workplace model has grown in popularity since the COVID-19 pandemic. As many employees had to stay at home, this environment was created to combine office work with remote work.
For many employees and employers, it is an ideal situation that combines autonomy with conviviality and structure.
However, it is not without risks, including potential threats to cybersecurity, physical equipment and mental health.
If your company has adopted a hybrid workplace model, keeping your business secure is important. Here are three areas that you should pay particular attention to:
1. Cyber Security
When letting employees work from home over the Internet, it’s important to make sure you have the right security protocols in place. Otherwise, you run the risk of individuals gaining access to sensitive data.
A corporate VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be used to mask your IP address, locations, and online activity by encrypting your employee’s Internet connections. This ensures that outsiders cannot access the network and the information.
There are also devices you can buy that allow you to manage your security protocols over the cloud, making it easier to monitor the security of your business information remotely.
Finally, be sure to clearly communicate any security protocols you implement to your employees so that they know what is expected of them, such as limiting their access to corporate systems on personal devices and public Wi-Fi networks.
2. Physical Security
When sending employees home to work in a hybrid workplace situation, you must ensure that your equipment is also protected against physical attacks such as vandalism and theft.
When it comes to laptops and computers, you can install GPS programs to track your equipment if it gets lost. Otherwise, there are physical locks you can buy that can secure computers to desks so they can’t be taken around.
However you maintain physical security, it is important to protect your equipment and assets.
3. Psychological Security
While protecting your company’s physical and digital assets is important, you also need to consider the well-being of your employees.
As more companies move to hybrid workplaces, it can be difficult for some employees to suddenly find themselves working in isolation, away from their colleagues. It can also be difficult for those who work from home to distinguish between their professional and private lives.
Here are tips to help your employees protect their mental health:
- Clear boundaries: Make sure your employees clearly know when they have to work and don’t contact them outside working hours.
- Train your employees: Explain to your employees what the hybrid workplace model will look like and how it will work.
- Provide assistance: You can support your employees by providing mental health training and educating yourself on how to recognize the signs of mental illness.
In particular, remember to consider your employee’s situation and realize that the pandemic has affected everyone differently, from those who are afraid to return to work to those who still have their children at home.
Keeping your business safe in 2021
COVID-19 has forced many companies around the world to think outside the box when it comes to adopting the hybrid workplace trend, especially when it comes to safety and security.
Keep your business safe by securing your data, your equipment, and most importantly, the overall wellbeing of your employees.