The Death of Business Intelligence

Cloud computing: The benefits for staff retention

Posted in Business, Business Intelligence by neilwilson1984 on November 6, 2013

In an ever-changing business world that is dominated by technology and the advances therein, it’s often tempting for businesses to follow the agenda and make alterations to what they are doing without thinking about why.

Examples of this can include issues such as cloud computing, which has become ever more popular for remote storage and the ability to lower cost through a lack of physical hard drives and other hardware.

However, there are also other benefits to such an advancement, and firms need to be aware of these when they look into cloud adoption.

For example, one of the biggest benefits cloud computing has brought to companies across the world is the ability to allow people to work from any location as long as they have internet access, giving them instant access to files and emails from anywhere.

Not only is this preferential to businesses, which can reduce office sizes and lower overhead costs, but it is also a vital consideration for staff. This can mean cloud computing is key for companies to retaining the very best members of their staff.

According to a report published by recruitment firm Office Angels, some 59 per cent of staff would simply consider walking away from their current job if the chance to work flexibly and from remote locations was not available.

And this is an issue that becomes even more prevalent as staff become more experienced and potentially more valuable to the firms they work for. Some 70 per cent of people aged between 25 and 34 – the age at which many will start families – would find a new job if they could not work flexibly.

However, this is not a notion often recognised by businesses, and of those firms that were questioned for the survey, only some 24 per cent said flexible working is something they are looking to implement in the future.

Angela Smith, managing director of Office Angels, said: “Flexible working is clearly more important to employees than ever before, and childcare is not the main driver.

“It is clear that a working culture that can adapt to a worker’s lifestyle is becoming increasingly important, with employees wanting to achieve the optimum work-life balance.

“However, opportunities to work flexibly should be clearly and transparently communicated to employees, with a working model in place that can be adapted. The right balance needs to be struck.”

Cloud computing does not come without its risks though, and this is something that bosses should also be aware of when it comes to adoption to please staff.

While they can risk losing some of their best workers by not employing cloud computing, they can risk their entire operation by failing to implement proper security systems.

Staff who are to work from home should be trained entirely on the problems that can be caused by failing to be as resilient and resistant as possible to the dangers of hacking, data loss and data breaches, before they are allowed to do so.

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