It’s no exaggeration to say that the 21st century has seen a revolution in the way that the UK works, driven by information technology. Whether they’re working at home or on the go, increasing numbers of workers have the option to work outside an office. Indeed, remote workers have become an enduring feature of the UK economy.

But organisations must think carefully about making remote working effective. Being able to share files digitally, without compromising security or data protection, can make remote working possible. Conversely, getting digital storage solutions wrong can break an organisation. In this blog, we’ll be analysing the scale of the challenge – and how CAS can help you to meet it.

Remote working makes for a happier workforce

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) paints a revealing picture. Businesses both small and large are increasingly adopting a remote working strategy into their model. In 2015, 4.2 million people across a range of sectors worked from home, with numbers of remote workers rising by nearly a quarter of a million over a decade. Between 2012 and 2016 alone, flexi-time rose by 12.35 per cent; and office workers are increasingly choosing to work in a virtual office. Thanks to changing attitudes and ever-improving network capabilities, half the UK workforce is expected to be working remotely by 2020.

The benefits are evident, both for employers and employees. For employers, it can reduce office costs and environmental impact. Organisations with a flexible approach to work report increased staff retention and higher morale amongst workers. Indeed, surveys have shown that workers relish this flexibility, allowing them to spend more time with family, to travel more or even to avoid office politics. And as long as employers set clear expectations and accountability structures, there’s no need to worry about lower productivity. Indeed, studies prove that properly incentivised remote workers with effective digital storage solutions actually have higher productivity on average.

CAS can be part of the digital storage solution for your organisation

When it comes to accessing files remotely, CAS has a suite of services which will improve remote workers’ productivity. We have particular expertise in managing digital storage solutions for healthcare agencies and the financial sector. For our most comprehensive digital storage and document management service, many of our clients use CAS Cloud. You can save all your important documents and records on the cloud in an ultra-secure, dedicated portal. CAS Cloud offers complete flexibility as to the number and type of documents, with 24/7 access for authorised personnel only. What’s more, we offer swift digitisation of new files, and the help of a team of dedicated document management professionals.

Meanwhile, we recognise that many organisations are still heavily reliant on paper documents. Whether these documents are stored onsite or offsite with us, these archives need to be dynamic and shareable. With scan on demand, files stored with us can be shared digitally as and when they’re needed without having to digitise everything all at once. Similarly, our live file storage system provides online document storage, allowing our clients store their documents offsite but also to work with them on a continuing basis.

All of our digital storage solutions are compliant with GDPR. CAS is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and can present a range of international certificates to demonstrate our commitment to keeping your records safe. With digital storage solutions, we can help make remote working effective in your organisation.

Contact one of the team today for more information about the CAS suite of digital storage solutions.

About CAS digital document storage solutions

CAS provides comprehensive and secure document storage and management, scan on demand, and facilities management services. For more than 20 years, CAS has worked with NHS Trusts, Financial Services providers, and corporate and private clients. Our head office is just four miles from the City of London, with advanced storage centres across the UK. CAS has an impressive array of International certifications (ISOs), which prove our compliance with the strictest national, European and international laws. They also demonstrate our commitment to provide innovative systems for security, confidentiality and quality control in keeping your files safe and well managed. CAS digital storage solutions can help you be GDPR-compliant.