One of the most important lessons of 2020?

Work can take place anywhere. "Going to work" used to mean sitting in traffic, going to an office, and then returning home after a long and exhausting day. Following COVID-19, we now know that "office-based offices" are far less important than previously thought. Employees can now access workplace applications as well as remote desktops from home offices, offsite locations, and business travel thanks to remote access technology.

There has long been discussion about flexible work and distributed workforces. But,  after COVID-19 reared its obnoxious and unwelcome head, it wasn't high on anyone's priority list. In fact, many businesses regarded it with skepticism. And rightly so, because it needs a high level of trust that employees will be as hardworking at home as they are at work.

But life has a way of taking decisions away from us. And, once there was no choice but to work from home, working remotely enabled businesses to continue operations uninterrupted (or at least relatively uninterrupted) during the crisis. And, as it turns out, working remotely has significant long-term benefits that should be investigated and utilized much further than crisis mode.

For years, business experts have extolled the virtues of remote work. To name a few advantages, remote working increases employee satisfaction, productivity, and overall profitability. There are also intangible benefits, such as the increased peace of mind which comes with less time spent in traffic, and also the environmental benefits. In this post, we'll look at some of the advantages of remote working from a non-panic perspective.

The Benefits of Remote Access 

Flexibility. Allowing your employees to perform work activities outside of the office via remote access allows for more flexible work schedules and helps the employees achieve a greater work/life balance. People can devote a larger proportion of their day to just being involved with their family members while remaining committed to their jobs thanks to remote access, and travelers can go abroad without having missed a beat thanks to their own remote desktops.

Continuity of operations. Remote access greatly improves businesses' ability to function in times of crisis, as demonstrated by the COVID-19 crisis. Even under less dramatic situations, remote access enables employees who are not able to travel to the office due to obstacles such as adverse weather, transportation strikes, or mild diseases to access their business data and applications from home, making sure they meet their goals on time. Similarly, if an urgent client or operational situation emerges after hours, managers can handle it from the household (or wherever they are) instead of returning to the office, which could lead to delays.

The Global Talent Pool. Are you looking for new employees? You don't have to limit your search to local talent when you have remote access. Instead of being limited to a single geographical location, remote access organisations tap into a larger global talent pool. The advantages are twofold: first, talented people living in remote areas can now find well-paying as well as satisfying employment options, and second, firms no longer need to restrict their searches to a 50-mile radial distance to locate the right talent.

Overhead has been reduced. Hiring remote talent and allowing employees to operate from home-office remote desktop computers allows businesses to save money on office space, utilities,  software, computing equipment, furniture, and other expenses related.

Employee efficiency and retention have increased. Many professionals report that remote working, on their preferred devices, in a comfortable environment, increases their job satisfaction and productivity. Indeed, many people have reported being much more productive without the distractions of office environments. This, in turn, improves work quality as well as business profitability while also increasing retention of the employees.

Software licensing has been optimized. Organizations can optimize software licensing agreements by hosting applications centrally and providing employees with remote access. Applications that are only used infrequently by a large number of users, for example, can be installed once on the server and distributed under concurrent usage licenses, instead of purchasing completely separate licenses and installing them locally for every employee and device.

Maintenance costs have been reduced. Although many remote access alternatives necessitate the installation of remote client software on client devices, some web-based remote access systems allow remote access even without installation or setup of any end-points. Clientless, centrally controlled solutions completely remove the requirement to install, manage, and manage the system on personal devices, lowering IT support costs significantly.

User Preferences Compatibility. Selecting remote access software that is compatible with just about any browser and users' preferred devices, such as Macs, Chromebooks, and iPads tends to make remote access a suitable BYOD enabler. Users are content to use whatever device they prefer.

Remote Access: A Long-Term Good Enabler

Even when organizations are not in crisis mode, remote access provides numerous benefits to both employees and employers. Obviously, it must be carefully implemented with a robust and secure solution, which needs to be done with great caution and advance planning outside of a crisis. However, the advantages it provides, such as increased job satisfaction and productivity, can help any business increase its long-term profitability and revenue.