WFH: How we got here.

If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, 你还记得几十年前的办公室生活吧. 无论你在哪个办公室工作,结构的一致性几乎是一样的. 当时是朝九晚五,对每个人来说都是这样的标准时间表. You had your own desk/office/cubicle. They gave you a PC for your desk. 它很重,而且哪儿也去不了,尤其是你家. You had your office phone–part of the company PBX. 他们给你铅笔、纸和其他你需要的东西,然后.

Suddenly, you were given a company mobile phone. They could reach you off-hours. 然后,住宅宽带互联网开始广泛使用. 他们把台式机换成了公司的笔记本电脑. 现在你可以使用装有新宽带的笔记本电脑,晚上在家工作. Answer emails at 11 pm. 但你可能仍然使用公司的设备来完成公司的任务. 但之后你有了自己的手机、笔记本电脑和平板电脑. Suddenly, it was easier to use your own technology and forget about the company-provided equipment. 这就产生了BYOD(随身携带设备)的想法. In the end, 这使得你可以在办公室以外的地方工作, outside of the scheduled workday. Then WiFi was added to the mix and you could work from a coffee shop or the local park on a nice day. Long story short, Work From Home became possible and, to many of us, a very attractive alternative. 然而,作为一个企业主,要想获得一份成功的WFH保单可能是一项挑战.

In summary, WFH对两种传统的IT处理方式都提出了挑战, and traditional ways of managing a workforce. 未来WFH将在何种程度上主导工作经验是未知的. 然而,应该预料到它不会消失. 工作场所既不会回到2019年,也不会回到1980年. The point is, WFH will require paying serious attention to how we handle and design our business’s IT infrastructure. As forward-thinking managers, we need to realize, as mentioned above, 集中式IT基础设施的范例已经过时了. No matter what, even partial WFH will require us to redesign our IT models to support activities that are widely dispersed. This will create threats, but they can be handled. The point is that you need to proactively find the IT management design that can provide the infrastructure that works for the new WFH business model. For smaller firms especially, you will only find the depth and breadth of knowledge by finding a managed service provider with experience in your industry.