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4 WFH lessons we learned in lockdown

28.1.2021 by Laura Valentine

In April 2020, 46.6% of the working UK population were working from home in some capacity. 86% of those did so because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was just four weeks after Britain entered lockdown for the first time, and businesses were scrambling to return to their previous levels of productivity. Employees were working from a range of devices – some personal, others company-owned. Some staff members were balancing childcare responsibilities in-between Zoom meetings, while others were battling poor connectivity and weak phone signals. Now, almost a year on, remote working seems set to become the new norm, with many…

Is remote working helping productivity in the public sector?

26.1.2021 by Laura Valentine

Many of us have worked from home at some point during 2020, hosting virtual meetings, attending online events and often sharing sensitive documents with colleagues over the internet. Forced to adapt, as the months have passed, remote working has quietly began to feel like…

Technostress: How to stay focussed when WFH

4.12.2020 by Laura Valentine

You may never have heard of it, but technostress has been around for a while. First defined in 1984, this unique kind of stress relates to the feeling of overwhelm caused by an overload of technology and too much digital interaction.  …

How can the public sector work from home securely?

20.11.2020 by Laura Valentine

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused disruption in every aspect of our lives and, for many of us, the biggest change has occurred in our working lives. Following the official advice to work from home wherever possible, remote working has become the…

What is virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)?

6.11.2020 by Laura Valentine

In 2020, the pandemic has shifted the way we work, perhaps forever. Much of the UK’s workforce has found itself working from home for the first time, and businesses across the country have been forced to quickly facilitate mass remote working.   For those now…

WFH tips from UKFast’s Head of HR

2.11.2020 by Guest

This guest blog is authored by UKFast Head of HR, Rebecca Crawford. We've all been working from home longer than expected now. For many, the novelty has long worn off and living through a pandemic is putting individuals under extra stress in both personal and…

Is it time for a permanent remote working solution?

19.10.2020 by Laura Valentine

Back in April almost half of UK adults found themselves suddenly working from home. An unprecedented situation for most, the shift to mass remote working wasn’t the easiest of transitions. While few envisaged the situation continuing for a prolonged period, it’s now the end of October and we’ve been…

Remote Working and the Dynamics of Business

19.6.2020 by Laura Valentine

Has remote working ever been a hotter topic? With offices across the globe sitting empty, many of us have found ourselves working from spare rooms and kitchen tables, conducting meetings, training and collaborating through computer screens. With no other choice…

Expert Take: 6 Tips for Secure Remote Working

14.5.2020 by Guest

The transition to mass home working over the past month or so has offered little time for companies to formulate secure remote-working policies. As a result, threat actors have taken much delight in exploiting common flaws in remote working, and…

Business Continuity, Remote Working and the Future

5.5.2020 by Guest

COVID-19 has no doubt tested even the most well-thought-out business continuity plans, and as UKFast’s CTO Neil Lathwood said in his recent blog post: “maintaining communication across your business is key”. I can’t echo those words loudly enough. Remote working…