The confessions of a remote worker


Thanks to modern technology, we have the ability to do ‘it’ (IT that is!) and work wherever we like. For many of us the days of working 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, in an office are a thing of the past.

MONDAY

I found myself doing ‘it’ unexpectedly in Reading, in a shared office with 10+ strangers.

Despite a full on day, I found time to do ‘it’ again in the hotel lobby before heading to bed.

TUESDAY

I awoke early and headed to Heathrow where I did ‘it’ in the departure lounge before boarding my flight, where I did ‘it’ again before we landed in Paris.

I headed to the office of my new client and within minutes of my arrival we were doing ‘it’ in the board room.

WEDNESDAY

After a busy couple of days, I took the morning off to take in the sights of Paris but couldn’t resist doing ‘it’ in a lovely little patisserie not far from the Eiffel Tower.

THURSDAY

Back in the UK and with no meetings in the diary, I decided to stay home and do ‘it’ on the dining room table.

FRIDAY

I arranged to meet a colleague at an office near Swindon where we did ‘it’ for a few hours before lunch.

We’re all going to be at ‘it’ soon

Remote working is growing in popularity with the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reporting that the number of UK workers who have moved into remote-working has risen by nearly a quarter of a million over the last decade.

By 2020 it is anticipated that half of the UK workforce will work remotely, thanks to changing attitudes and ever-improving network capabilities.

Remote working is proven to benefit both the employer and employee:

  • Reduced office costs
  • Higher morale
  • Increased staff retention
  • Wider talent pool
  • Environmental benefits
  • Greater productivity/efficiency

 

Being afforded the freedom and flexibility to do ‘it’ here, there and everywhere, isn’t without risks though.

Is it safe to do ‘it’ in public?

In order to work remotely you need tech, and petty thieves love tech. But we all know that and typically keep a close eye on our laptops, tablet computers and smartphones when out and about, working in public places.

But what about when you’re working in a not-so-public place like a shared office, or on-site at a client office?

I think most of us would feel the risk of hardware theft to be greatly reduced in such environments, and would be happy setting up camp for the day and leaving our laptop at our workstation whilst we go off to make a drink, take a comfort break, pop out to make a call or even attend a meeting.

Petty thieves may not be a concern, but to be honest your tech isn’t actually the most valuable asset you have when working remotely, your data is.

In the wrong hands data can cause significant upset, disruption, and cost a company dear.

You might be surrounded by other business professionals when working in a shared office, but who’s to say that you’re not working metres from a competitor or a disgruntled former employee?

And no doubt there are plenty of people at your client’s office that would like to take a look at your confidential internal price list/costings doc or the pitch presentation you’re working on for another client.

Whilst we all know the importance of locking a device when leaving it unattended, we’re only human and sometimes we forget to hit CTRL+ALT+DEL and ‘Lock’, or we just can’t be bothered as we only plan on stepping away for a minute and can’t be dealing with having to re-key that ‘STRONG’ password that you can never remember or enter correctly.

If you want to eliminate the risk of unauthorised data access when working remotely, you want to get yourself a GateKeeper Halberd wireless key.

GateKeeper Halberd for individuals and SMEs

With proprietary access control software, GateKeeper Halberd will lock and unlock your device based on your proximity to the device. You can set the range from a few inches up to 30 feet to suit the environment in which you’re working.

GateKeeper Halberd provides a hassle-free login experience by eliminating the need to type passwords, but does so without compromising convenience, productivity or security.

GateKeeper Halberd uses patented technology for wireless access management. Using real-time authentication (as opposed to traditional one-time), the GateKeeper Halberd constantly verifies.

GateKeeper Enterprise for businesses

For larger organisations, GateKeeper Enterprise offers all the advantages of the GateKeeper Halberd wireless key, with the added benefit of providing pain-free centralised management of every person, password and computer on a network.