The current pandemic has made many business organizations allow most of their workers to work from home, especially in the customer service department.
Surveys have shown that employees work best when they’re in control of how they work – their best time and in a comfortable working environment.
Many workers already love working at home, and businesses now consider limiting their working space and encouraging some of their staff to work from home.
That being said, this development is much likely to pose a security risk to the business as employees are now all using their own networks.
Disadvantages of working from Home to companies
While most businesses offer computer systems and accessories to use, employees working from home can still open the door to a lot of risks and inefficiencies.
Here are some of the disadvantages of working from home
- Stress at Home
Your home is likely going to be too comfortable for you to work diligently.
You will likely not going to find it easy to separate your private and business life.
There will be too many things that require your attention – your parents, children spouse, and others.
- Less motivation
When you work at home, there’s no pressure from any boss. Some of us can’t do the right thing without being compelled to do it.
There are no many things to motivate you, no competition from co-workers, sharing of experience from co-workers, words of encouragement from your employer, etc.
There can be a lot of distractions, online and offline when you work at home. You’ll want to check your emails, view social media notifications, read SMS, pick up calls.
You will also take many breaks from work since everything is under your control – meeting friends, shopping, watching TV programs, and more.
Why is Data Backup and Disaster Recovery now important?
Studies have shown that more than 50% of remote workers do not secure their home networks. This is Why data backup and disaster recovery plan is important.
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Backup and Data Recovery (BDR) Plan For Remote Workers
The importance of data backup and recovery in organizations, either giving the opportunity to workers to work from home or not is given more weight than ever before.
For companies with remote workers, since they can’t have their IT departments set up in every employee’s home, protecting their data to avoid loss is a priority.
This is to avoid the risk of data breaches and other cybersecurity risks. On top of that 40% to 60% of small businesses go out of business after a major disaster such as data loss.
One of the most important aspects of data security is educating employees on keeping their computer system and internet network safe, not only when working for their organization.
This will even minimize the cost of data recovery since preventive mechanisms have been put in place.
For instance, encouraging employees to create robust passwords that they change regularly.
Businesses should also have systems in place for cybersecurity risks. This includes making frequent backups in multiple locations of all data to their servers.
Remote employees may also want to establish secondary internet connections such as a VPN.
Working remotely is transitioning to a new normal, so it’s important to be caught up in data security.