June 12, 2024

Corporate CPR Episode 125: How Ignoring the Work-From-Home Trends Might Be Killing Your Company

On today’s episode we are talking about howignoring the work-from-home trends might be killing your company.

Denis O’Shea is the founder and chairman of Mobile Mentor, a global leader in the endpoint ecosystem. Founded in New Zealand in 2004, the company empowers people to achieve more with their devices. In 2017, O’Shea moved to Nashville to focus on securing the mobile workforce in the US. He has partnered with industry leaders like Nokia, Citrix, and Microsoft, earning the Global Partner of the Year Award for Endpoint Management. A former global executive with Nokia, O’Shea has extensive international business experience. He is passionate about international business, fly-fishing, and playing guitar.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Stagnant Hybrid Work Configuration but Shifting Attitudes: Despite the pandemic subsiding, the configuration of hybrid work has remained unchanged over the last two years. However, employees’ attitudes have significantly shifted, with increased focus on personal well-being, productivity, and privacy, while company culture has become less important.
  • Challenges with Remote Work Onboarding and Security: Remote onboarding continues to be problematic, with employees struggling to set up devices and get necessary support. Younger employees are using unsecured personal devices and practicing lax password management, leading to potential security breaches.
  • Discrepancies in Productivity and Preferences Across Generations: Gen Z employees, who began their careers during the pandemic, prefer office environments for better productivity and support. They exhibit more casual attitudes towards data security, unlike older generations who prioritize company and personal data security more highly.
  • Generational Differences in Data Sharing Attitudes: Younger generations, particularly Millennials, are more willing to share personal data in exchange for convenience and insights. This contrasts with older generations, who tend to be more cautious about data privacy and security.
  • Effective Communication About Data Privacy in Companies: Companies should reframe security messages with a focus on personal privacy to better engage employees. Emphasizing the protection of personal data resonates more with employees than using terms like compliance and risk.

Top Takeaways for the Audience:

  1. Hybrid work is here to stay. Research shows that hybrid work is now a permanent fixture in the workplace. Companies need to invest more in making hybrid work environments secure, productive, and cohesive.
  2. There is still much to do in enabling and empowering hybrid workers with the right technology. It’s an ongoing journey for everyone involved, including organizations like Mobile Mentor, to figure out and optimize hybrid work setups.
  3. The process of improving hybrid work is both challenging and enjoyable. With increasing numbers of clients and partners working in hybrid configurations across various geographies and time zones, it’s crucial to remain passionate and engaged in making hybrid work successful.

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