Dilbeek, 23rd of June – mobco, a Belgian IT company specialized in (mobile) workplace management, launches, in collaboration with the other EMEA partners, the results of a European market survey that questioned 329 business owners, IT professionals and other stakeholders.
The benefits of flexible, mobile and remote working on employee engagement are well-established but adoption has not always been a top priority for organisations. This changed dramatically during 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was a catalyst for change, making the ability to work from home an absolute necessity rather than a fringe benefit.
It is no surprise, therefore, that our survey shows a step change in remote working capa- bility. The percentage of organisations with a majority of the workforce capable of remote working has risen from 50% before COVID-19 to 88% during the crisis. However, this signif- icant increase in adopting and implementing home working solutions at short notice and on a large scale has created several challenges.
What are the major challenges European organisations have faced? How have they addressed these challenges? What steps do they still need to take? These are just some of the questions we asked as part of our European Mobile & Remote Working Survey 2021, the key insights from which are outlined in this report.
Our survey shows that confidence in data security is high, with almost three-quarters of respondents either very or fairly confident in their ability to secure corporate data on remote or mobile devices. However, a closer look at the data suggests this confidence may be misplaced and that, against a backdrop of growing and evolving cyber security threats, organizations need to review the adequacy of their security measures for remote and hybrid working.
Only 37% of the respondents have a mobile threat solution in place, suggesting that security teams are applying less stringent controls on mobile devices than laptop or desktop devices. Additionally, one-third of respondents have not delivered any kind of mobile security awareness training to employees.
This report should help organizations, regardless of the industry they operate in and regardless of how strongly the digital workplace is embedded in their strategy to date.
Ulrik Van Schepdael, mobco’s Managing Director: “Our report shows that organizations that have already invested in a digital workplace strategy and therefore have a strong foundation in mobile technology, are best able to meet the needs of a distributed workforce and offer staff members more choices as well as flexibility and ease of use without compromising security and manageability.”
“We are encouraged that many organizations have laid the groundwork to support the rollout of a digital workplace strategy. However, this report shows that there is still a lot of untapped potential and that more can and should be done to maximize the benefits that the digital workplace brings to businesses across all sectors and sizes.”
mobco, was founded in 2010 and is the market leader in Belgium and Luxembourg for IT integration and services around the mobile and modern workplace. mobco’s mission is to enable the employees of its corporate customers to work more efficiently by offering premium hardware, software and services that support the modern workplace. mobco is a founding member of the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance (EMEA), a European initiative that brings together B2B companies active in mobile technology. Together with the other members of this alliance, we manage more than 1 million modern workplaces in Europe.
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Ulrik Van Schepdael, CEO
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The Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance (EMEA) is the largest community of digital workplace experts in Europe. It’s their mission is to help organizations roll out a workplace that relies on the best possible experience for employees, but also observes the manageability, security and efficiency that IT and security teams demand.