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Maintaining Security and Productivity with Remote Workers

Maintaining Security and Productivity with Remote Workers

With the recent Accountemps survey of 1,400 chief financial officers across the U.S. signaling that more staff members are beginning to work from home, there are a number of steps finance chiefs need to take to ensure that productivity and corporate security are not compromised.

According to CFO World, many companies have expressed that such remote working policies can have major benefits for business, from cutting energy costs to offering more flexibility to employees.

Still, to ensure that the business truly takes advantage of these benefits, CFOs must monitor these workers on a regular basis, particularly with the rise of personal communication devices.

"You’ve got to make sure the individuals working remotely are on company equipment," Dawn Fay, district president of Robert Half International, told the publication. "The trend toward personal equipment has been a very hot topic for the whole C-suite, not just CFOs. You’ve got to make sure you have a really good technical team in place."

In response to the Accountemps survey, company chairman Max Messmer said in a statement that it is also critical to set "specific productivity goals," which can be accomplished through checkpoints or other strategies aimed towards keeping remote workers on task.