Office Reopening: Is Your Network Ready for the Hybrid Workforce?

The end to the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, and with it, a large percentage of employees working exclusively from home can start returning to the office. Many companies are asking workers to return to the office at least part of the time, creating a hybrid workforce that works both remotely and in an office environment. There is disagreement as to how often employees should be in the office, with 68% of employers wanting their workers in the office at least three days a week, ostensibly to maintain company culture. In comparison, 55% of employees want to work at least three days a week remotely[1]. Both labor and management have financial incentives to continue the work from home program, as it is estimated that companies save an average of $11,000[2] per year per half-time commuter. Workers save both time, with the average commute taking 52 minutes[3] per day roundtrip, and money, as people are saving up to $500[4] per month in expenses such as gas, dry cleaning, and meals.

The communication tools used in offices have changed significantly as well. In 2020, video calls were used 50% more[5] than in pre-COVID times. In addition, a poll of CEOs found that 75% think video conferencing will replace conference calls[6]. That is not surprising, as using video calls can reduce a company’s travel costs by 30%[7]. Also telling is that the video conferencing market size is projected to grow from $4.8B in 2019 to $9.2B in 2026[8], a CAGR of over 11%.

The return to the office, for so many workers, and the increased use of video calls brings a new set of challenges to businesses - such as the demand for higher bandwidth, optimized connectivity, the need to support a hybridized workforce, and the support for multiple ISPs implementing different transport technologies over several mediums.

Companies need to ensure that these necessities are met, keeping productivity high regardless of where their employees sit physically. They require a frictionless, cloud-managed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution that can ensure reliable, always-on connectivity for all their employees, whether they're in the office or working remotely. This solution should provide predictable costs, require minimal on-site support and must be easy to deploy and maintain. Scalability is also a major consideration, as the location of workers can alter dramatically, and in a hurry, as discovered in 2020.

Adaptiv Networks SD-WAN is a gold medal-winning solution that offers secure, high-performance, and highly reliable networking for voice, data, and video communications. It provides for speed and reliability with multi-link aggregation. It offers zero-touch deployment and updates for remote workers and allows a business to add new sites or increase bandwidth quickly. Adaptiv Networks SD-WAN provides guaranteed, always-on connectivity with multi-link failover, allowing employees to stay online and productive, and offers predictable costs to employers.

For questions regarding your network and bandwidth needs or to learn more about Adaptiv Networks SD-WAN solutions, contact us today.

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