Working from home. It’s the Holy Grail for a high proportion of employees, and it has certainly been romanticized in popular culture as “living the life.” However, it seems to simply not be feasible for a lot of small and medium-sized businesses. There are some things that just aren’t handled easily without an office — internal databases, for one, and sensitive information. Not to mention the hassle of setting up a desktop, phone, and everything that goes into a workspace in a bunch of remote locations. And what if somebody hacked a computer outside of your protection and gained access to critical company information?
And yet, the trend is clear. While the population of employees in the United States grew by 1.9% between 2013 and 2014, the telecommuter population grew by 5.6%. Many employees only work from home half of the time — and even that seems like a ton of work just to set up a home office for a couple days out of the week. Thankfully, there are IT solutions available today that make accommodating telecommuters easier on your IT department: hosted apps and desktop services.