Cybersecurity concerns for companies with remote teams, tips to banish bad leadership skills, and high-level executives relying on remote work for better work-life balance are some of this week’s top remote work news stories.
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1. Nationwide survey details cybersecurity concerns for remote teams
For its fifth annual “Business Owner Survey,” Nationwide Insurance polled company heads about remote work policies and telecommuting cybersecurity measures they may or may not have implemented. The results show that 83% of business owners facilitate secure remote work arrangements for employees as appropriate. However, only half of the surveyed small business owners completed telecommuting security policy updates within the last 12 months. Failure to update cybersecurity protocols makes companies vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to Nationwide.
Remote worker cybersecurity concerns increase when telecommuters use public Wi-Fi networks in airports and coffee shops. Security issues are compounded given that 20% of small business owners rely on teams who have not received formal cybersecurity training. Additionally, less than 5% of business owners use all government cybersecurity recommendations and best practices outlined by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This statistic is especially troubling since 65% of business owners claim they have experienced a cyber attack.
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2. If your boss won’t let you work from home, you can change their mind
Professionals who want to work from home should not give up on their desires to do so—even if their requests have been initially denied by their employers. Maurie Backman for The Motley Fool outlines employee red flags indicating an inability to effectively work remotely. She also provides actionable solutions to help change employers’ minds about working from home.
Backman points out that, while an increasing number of employers offer flexible work arrangements, factors like the collaborative nature of an employee’s work, the employee’s reliability track record, and an employer’s willingness to initiate telecommuting workplace policies from the ground up contribute to an employer’s decision about whether or not to allow remote work.
3. Orca Pacific wants you to work remotely and travel
Orca Pacific, a full-server Amazon agency, values bolstering more productive and engaged employees through remote work, says Valerie Bolden-Barrett from HR Dive. In a brief from Thursday, Bolden-Barrett outlined Orca Pacific’s “Beyond the Boardroom” incentive for employees to work remotely and travel within the continent.
A Seattle-based business, Orca Pacific is a tech-enabled company that already encourages its local team members to work from home. In addition, employees can work from anywhere in North America for up to 30 days per year.
4. Bad leaders can become effective leaders in seven steps
To avoid being a bad leader in the workplace, Ronita Mohan suggests seven tips for more effective professional leadership. In her publication for ThriveGlobal, Mohan names delegating tasks and empowering employees as two of the best methods for being a successful leader. Much of this success also relies on a sound team structure, open communication, and leading by example.
5. High-level executives utilize remote work for better work-life balance
A survey from CNN Business reveals how dozens of business executives conduct their professional and personal lives to maximize success and meet family needs. In her report, Jeanne Sahadi shares the work-life balance experiences of executives from ZenFi Networks, Oakland Athletics, Mondelez International, Revive Skincare, Globalization Partners, and others.
Libby Rodney, The Harris Poll’s Chief Strategy Officer, is one of several executives utilizing remote work as a compromise to reduce on-site work hours and spend more quality time with their children, according to Sahadi. Rodney also credited working from home as a solution for professional burnout.
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