remote workers

Wireless Internet

Small firms fail to secure Wi-Fi access

More than half of small firms are unable to tell who is accessing their wireless internet (Wi–Fi) network. Research from network security firm Napera found that 57% of small and medium–sized enterprises (SMEs) do not know who is accessing their network, while 20% allow guests to plug into their network without checking the security of their computers. Napera Networks EMEA vice–president Pierre Blom “By failing to enforce security, SMEs leave themselves open to attacks, which could see their networks or data compromised. It’s critical that organisations of all sizes protect themselves from any potential threats which could cost them millions.” “All businesses should have policies in place to identify and control who and what are accessing the networ... »

Working Remotely

One in ten guilty of IT misuse

More than one in ten staff in small firms who work remotely admitted to accessing websites with adult content on a work laptop or mobile, according to Vodafone. Their research also highlighted that 4% of small–business staff have accessed websites displaying adult content while working on site. The survey revealed that 9% of businesses with between 10 and 250 employees had no IT policy. ITC business consultancy’s director Charlie Bass said: “Businesses need to have an acceptable IT use policy to try to prevent this. It’s an important part of the contract for both employers and employees. “If employees do something you find unacceptable, if it’s not written in the policy there may be nothing the company can do about it. Firms also need to make staff aware... »

Remote Workers

Guide: Manage Remote Workers

BT Business has published a free guide to help employers manage remote workers so they work productively and feel part of the team. According to their research, 47% of employees feel they will miss out on office camaraderie, gossip and banter by working remotely, while 23% of employees are concerned that colleagues will accuse them of skiving if they work from home. The Remote Manager’s Toolkit includes guidance on how managers can overcome these issues, such as by building a trusting relationship with remote workers, helping a lone employee to overcome feelings of isolation, and making the transition into flexible working profitable. The author of the guide, Dr Frank Shaw of the Centre for Future Studies said: “Remote working is the future of work in the UK, enabling cost savi... »