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Teleworking Meaning, Plus its Benefits and Challenges

By Nicolette Carklin, Parallels

Teleworking Meaning and Its Benefits

Teleworking meaning: What is teleworking? What are its benefits and challenges? How can a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution help deal with its challenges?

Teleworking-also known as telecommuting, remote work, mobile work, or flexible workplace-includes flexible work practices into the daily working lives of employees. Teleworking is an effective way of improving flexibility and productivity while reducing commute time.

More than 16% of the American workforce teleworks at least part-time. This number is projected to grow over the coming years.

Teleworking Meaning and Benefits

Autonomy

Employee autonomy is the most obvious benefit of teleworking. Teleworking gives employees the ability to balance their professional and personal lives, set up their workplace wherever they want, and use any device.

Saving travel costs and time

Teleworking means little or no commute, saving costs associated with travel. In addition, any time spent for traveling is invested in work, meaning an 8-hour shift is limited to 8 hours and does not extend to 9-10 hours due to long-distance travel or traffic.

Improved productivity

Since teleworking gives employees more time and flexibility to work from a space that they prefer, employee productivity improves. Being able to attend to personal and family matters on the spot is likely to resolve issues that might affect the work quality/productivity of an employee.

Reduced infrastructure costs

When employees work from home with their own setup and devices, the need to procure equipment such as laptops and computers is reduced for the company.

Better opportunities for people with disabilities

Teleworking reduces commute time, making it easier for people with disabilities. In addition, personalized custom home equipment can be used for work, saving time and cost for both the employer and the employee.

Attracts better talent

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees who prefer teleworking tend to be older, educated, and work full-time. The flexibility that teleworking offers often attracts better talent. Younger generations also prefer a flexible work setup, and some companies prefer to hire younger people and nurture them on the go.

Challenges with adopting teleworking

While the benefits of teleworking are many, they are difficult to adopt all at once.

Implementing employee devices with existing company infrastructure

Companies have a certain set of existing applications that they require their employees to use. However, not all employees use the required operating system.

For instance, most companies rely on Microsoft applications but not all employees own Microsoft computers. Companies need to invest in a solution that can deliver essential applications to end-users despite the kind of device and operating system they use.

Scaling up employees effectively

Another challenge that companies face when employing remote staff is setting everything up. Often it becomes exceedingly difficult to set everything up for remote employees and this problem increases uptime, thus reducing efficacy.

Security of company assets

Teleworking can happen from anywhere at any time. That means that company assets are spread across different territories, often across countries. Because of this, security can be a big concern if employees use Wi-Fi in public places or store sensitive information in personal desktops that are not well guarded.

How Parallel RAS helps

ParallelsĀ® Remote Application Server (RAS) is a solution that seamlessly delivers Windows applications and desktops to any device and operating system. This flexibility and the ability to manage virtual machine (VM) templates allow for easy, instant provisioning of applications and desktops to end-users. Parallels RAS also allows administrators to monitor each layer and provides connection details, application usage, and time of usage for teleworkers.

Parallels RAS helps save time and costs by scaling up employees with ease. Since application delivery and desktop delivery is automated, new teleworking employees can become a part of the company infrastructure quickly.

Since Parallels RAS uses virtualization technology to deliver applications and desktops, all data remains in a central server. Parallels also authenticates employees using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection, multifactor authentication (MFA), and privilege-based user access.

Being secure, simple, and centrally managed, Parallels RAS offers high-quality service, assisting your IT staff, and reducing expenses. In addition, the Parallels Client provides a native-like experience on any device, providing a satisfying user experience to all your users, customers, and staff.

Download your free trial of Parallels RAS to experience how it solves the challenges associated with teleworking!

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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