The lockdown orders that were part and parcel of the first stages of the Covid pandemic have changed the working landscape irrevocably.
The hybrid working model that emerged to cope with those early months of social distancing now seems to be locked in, with employees valuing its increased flexibility and businesses realising the economic benefits of having to maintain less office space and a happier workforce.
Accenture figures state that 83% of employees identify the hybrid model as the optimal one, while 58% of executives have noted improvements in individual productivity as a result.
There have been challenges along the way, however, security remains an issue when managing a distributed workforce. Employees in the hybrid digital workspace routinely access resources from different locations with different devices, making the old location-based castle-and-moat network security model largely ineffective.
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