The workforce is changing; to say the least. Twenty-five years ago, the concept of work from home would have been outlandish and the idea of someone solely relying on contractor positions would be met with much skepticism and outcries of “workforce heresy”. Tack on the fact that the smartphone, a major catalyst for such rapid change and development in the workforce, wasn’t even a twinkle in IBM’s eye (yes, IBM technically made the first smartphone) and you have a world and labor force that’s entirely different from what we currently have today.

Today, the on-demand workforce- comprised of freelancers, contractors, and gig workers- makes up 20% of today’s employees. The rise of remote work has also taken the professional world by storm as it’s grown in popularity by 140% since 2005; leading to a 200% increase in coworking spaces across the world in just five years. With all the changes in our workforce, many companies and services have come to provide smart and convenient solutions to the modern business world. However, the modern workforce is still waiting on a physical security solution that can provide the same level of convenient and intuitive experiences to their work week, while also offering security and peace of mind. Enter: mobile access control.

For the On-demand Workforce

In a recent survey conducted by Endera, the security company found that “87% of security executives reported that contractors/freelancers are most likely to be the cause of workforce-related security incidents at their company”. The solution here needs to go beyond performing routine background checks on new employees and consistent evaluations of workforce risks. It needs to be attacked at the door; the first place these third-party employees will have an interaction with their new employer. With mobile access control, contractors, freelancers, and gig workers can be offered authorized credentials to a company’s office just as fast as they can lose that authorized access. The renowned mobile key that has become synonymous with mobile access control solutions can offer a building’s security manager more control over these employees’ access to businesses while also providing them with real-time updates of the use of these keys. Thus, supplying the business and building with greater security and convenience for all.

For the Remote Workforce

Today’s modern workforce also has the largest amount of employees working remotely, with 20-25% of self-starting professionals performing their jobs at a home office. However, this doesn’t mean these employers never work out of an office. Sometimes a collection of remote workers need to come together in person in order to collaborate on major projects, which is where we have a significant rise in demand for coworking spaces like WeWork and VentureX. Mobile access control can offer building managers of coworking spaces more jurisdiction over who is able to access the building and when through temporary and fixed schedule digital keys as well as mobile and web applications that can be accessed at any remote location.

Securing Today’s Workforce

Our modern workforce is currently experiencing quite a bit of disruption, as the way we work, where we work, and how we work evolves to meet the needs of today’s professionals. To learn more about how your company can help provide secure and convenient physical access control solutions to the modern workforce, visit www.unikey.com

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