How DaaS is helping improve hybrid work models

Over the past few years, our work life has transformed.

Organizations are evolving their workforce’s needs. That’s why 80% of companies are planning to adopt a hybrid work model.

For example, Alludo is remote-first, where employees can choose their primary workplace.

When my fellow Alludians need to, we can use alternative workspaces. For example, we can work in a regional Alludo office or a flexible ‘hotel-style’ workspace.

This hybrid work approach allows employees to choose their best working environment.

84% of Alludo employees reported that this flexible working arrangement improved work-life balance.

98% said remote work was more productive than when there was an office-based culture.

The number of remote workers will rise over the next five years, so hybrid work models will also grow.

Let’s explore hybrid work models and how Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solutions can play a critical role.

Enable hybrid work models by adapting DaaS. Talk to us about securing your remote employees with Parallels DaaS. 

Understanding hybrid work models

Hybrid work models are different from the traditional 9-to-5 office-based work.

Rather than be glued to their desks, employees can work from various locations, such as their homes, a coffee shop, or the office itself.

The hybrid work approach enables companies to support diverse work styles. Hybrid work improves employee satisfaction and productivity. It represents a fundamental change in how work is conceptualized and executed.   Hybrid work breaks down the barriers of time and space that once confined productivity.

Hybrid work models also provide a powerful tool for attracting and retaining top talent.   Candidates choose flexibility and work-life balance when evaluating job opportunities.

They are looking for companies that show they understand and value their need for flexibility, making them more attractive employers.  Nearly 70% of companies agree that adopting a hybrid model improves recruitment and retention of employees.

DaaS hybrid work

Source: Survey of Business Uncertainty conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

By adopting hybrid work models, organizations can better serve the needs of their employees.   The need for autonomy and flexibility to perform their best work allows companies to remain competitive and successful in today’s marketplace.

Challenges of hybrid work

Hybrid work models are becoming popular due to their many benefits.  Still, this model also presents several challenges, especially in technology and collaboration.

One of the most significant challenges is ensuring that remote and in-office employees have equal access to the tools, resources, and applications required to perform their jobs efficiently.

Access is usually standardized across all employees in a traditional office setting.

However, it can be challenging to maintain equality in a hybrid work environment, leading to inefficiencies and frustration.

To overcome this challenge, companies should invest in technological solutions that enable easy access to essential tools and resources, regardless of location.

By adopting cloud-based platforms and collaboration tools, employees can easily access these resources from any device with an internet connection.

Another significant challenge of hybrid work is maintaining security, compliance, and data integrity across different work environments.

With employees accessing sensitive information from various locations and devices, organizations face increased cybersecurity risks, including data breaches, malware attacks, and insider threats.

To mitigate these risks, organizations must implement comprehensive security measures that protect remote and in-office environments.

Some measures may include deploying endpoint security solutions, implementing multi-factor authentication, and conducting regular security training and awareness programs for employees.

Additionally, organizations must ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards, such as GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI DSS, to protect sensitive data and avoid regulatory penalties.

The final challenge that a hybrid work model can bring is fostering collaboration across distances.

Collaboration is essential for the success of any organization.

Still, it can be challenging to maintain in a hybrid work environment where employees are physically dispersed, and spontaneous interactions and face-to-face communication are not directly available to remote employees.

Companies must leverage technological solutions to overcome this and facilitate seamless communication and collaboration among distributed teams.

These solutions may include video conferencing platforms, instant messaging tools, and project management software that enable real-time communication and collaboration regardless of location.

Fostering a collaborative culture through regular team meetings, virtual social events, and collaborative projects can help strengthen bonds and drive collective success.

Leveraging DaaS for seamless integration

Desktop as a Service solutions offer a compelling solution to the challenges posed by hybrid work models.

By delivering virtual desktops and applications over the Internet, DaaS ensures that employees can access their work environment from anywhere, using any device.

Companies can benefit from the flexibility to seamlessly integrate remote and in-office work environments, enabling employees to work efficiently and collaboratively regardless of location.

1. Flexibility

DaaS provides high flexibility for employees, enabling them to work from anywhere with an internet connection.

Using DaaS removes the need for employees to worry about whether the technological infrastructure is in place wherever they may be working.

2. Consistency

DaaS ensures employees have the consistency essential to productivity and continuity when working in hybrid environments. It enables employees to access their desktops and applications the same way, regardless of whether they are in the office or working remotely.

3. Collaboration

DaaS facilitates seamless collaboration among remote and in-office teams by providing a centralized platform for accessing shared files, applications, and resources.

A centralized platform ensures employees can access the files they need quickly and easily, wherever they may be working from.

4. Security

One of the most significant benefits of DaaS is its robust security features. DaaS solutions offer a range of security features, including data encryption, multi-factor authentication, and centralized access controls, to protect sensitive information across hybrid work environments.

With DaaS, businesses can be confident that their data is secure, even when employees work remotely.

5. Scalability

DaaS solutions are highly scalable, allowing organizations to quickly adapt to changing workforce needs.

Scalability is essential in hybrid work environments, where businesses must scale their infrastructure up or down quickly and efficiently to meet demand.

With DaaS, businesses can quickly add or remove users as needed without worrying about the technical infrastructure required to support them.

Hybrid work models are becoming increasingly common as companies adapt to changing workforce needs.

DaaS solutions are proving to be essential in enabling the seamless integration between remote and in-office work environments, allowing companies to offer their employees the flexibility to work remotely and collaborate effectively, leading to success in a dynamic work environment.

The future of work is still evolving, and DaaS is expected to play a crucial role in driving innovation and productivity in hybrid work environments.

Parallels DaaS is your secure platform that supports hybrid work

Whether your employees are working from the office or remotely, Parallels® DaaS offers seamless access to virtual applications and desktop environments.

Its cloud-hosted control plane enables secure remote access to your business applications, desktops, and data from any internet-connected device.

The solution’s quick and easy onboarding process allows for immediate access to applications and desktops from any device, eliminating the complexity surrounding user onboarding and managing users and applications.   This makes it easier for even small businesses to deliver and use enterprise-grade IT solutions.

Thanks to its unique architecture, with access points closer to where data and users reside, Parallels DaaS promises the best performance for end-users, with transparent operations for administrators.

So, if you’re looking for a solution that can help you embrace hybrid work and enable your employees to work productively from anywhere, check out Parallels DaaS.