During the lockdown I wrote an article in which I talked about the much declaimed “remote working” which, at that moment, could not be defined so “smart”.
In those days, in a climate of anxiety and uncertainty, we found ourselves 24/7 teleworkers, teachers improvised as “digital teachers” and we helped our children in the struggle with e-learning, all this while we were baking and listening to the news with data on the spread of the epidemic.
Many of us have used a collaboration tool for the first time, discovering that the smartphone is not only useful to take selfies, but also represents an essential tool in case of a videoconference when all the other devices are in use from the rest of the family.
Fortunately, with the end of the lockdown we were able to gradually enjoy a few moments of freedom: some returned to work, others continued with remote working in a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.
Now, if we think back to those moments, we can highlight the advantages and problems, largely due to improvisation, with the aim of finding forward-looking solutions that allow us to carry on remote working in the best possible way. It is first of all necessary to optimize the IT infrastructures, in order to improve security and management, but the problems related to the remote workstations should not be underestimated either, both from an IT point of view and from a physical location.
The ergonomic aspect, for example, is very important: I do not hide the fact that after almost two months of working with a 14″ screen laptop and the classic IKEA kitchen chair, I had to visit a physiotherapist.
One of the main problems identified by the IT department of many companies was the difficulty in assisting remote workers, connected to workstations from remote domestic and distributed internet networks.
Praim solutions were already designed for the management of distributed endpoints, but in this period ad-hoc developments have been carried out in order to offer companies even more suitable solutions for this need.
From the Praim ThinOX4PC solution, useful for converting a PC (including a laptop) into a secure access terminal, we developed the new ThinOX4PC USB solution: a USB key that allows it to be used dynamically by the user on any device, without any installation. All Praim software solutions, such as Agile4PC for Windows, have simplified and optimized the configuration workflow in home networks for inexperienced users. The new protocol of the Praim ThinMan management console allows the IT department to manage and provide remote assistance, without complex VPNs and in total security, to all corporate endpoints connected via the Internet on home Wi-Fi networks.
In this context, the security aspects together with the simplification of the digital process take on primary importance.
In any case, after this period of anxiety and stress, the time has finally come to take a few days off… but beware, remote working is around the corner! It is not clear to me whether it depends on the fact that the Covid emergency is not yet over or on the fact that many have now learned to carry out their business remotely, but this year I have noticed a lot of people working remotely during the holiday season.
In other words, it seemed to me that the line between work and free time was dangerously more blurred and precarious than in previous years: I myself needed to call clients and colleagues from the beach and answer work emails from my camper van. In short, “agile work” is certainly useful if it can improve productivity and our standard of living, but we must ensure that it does not become a pretext for trespassing work into a suit that does not fit it, such as that of a well deserved annual leave period.