July 05, 2023
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant part of the business world has embraced hybrid and remote work, leading to a blurred boundary between work and personal life. According to the Environics Institute for Survey Research, in the spring of 2022, 46% of Canadian employees were working from home at least part of the time. This trend looks like it is here to stay. New research from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half, 23.4 per cent of all new job postings in April 2023 were advertised as remote.
Many workers find it challenging to navigate the demands of remote work, which poses a challenge in separating work life from personal life, even during vacation or leisure time. A study indicates that 54% of the professionals surveyed were unable to fully disconnect while on paid time off (PTO).
In North America, summer is a time when more people are travelling. Many workers will seek to relax but continue working. It is crucial to keep personal and professional data security top of mind as people head out on vacation.
Business owners, managers, and all employees can contribute to maintaining a secure work environment before and during vacations. This article outlines three main areas of opportunity and best practices for doing so.
Before embarking on your trip, prioritize mobile data, computer protection, and other physical document security measures. Even though you may be taking a holiday, it is important to remember that thieves do not take breaks. Confidential data is potentially more vulnerable during this time since people tend to let their guards down. Those taking a vacation this summer can help keep confidential information secure by doing the following:
Taking work everywhere has become a common practice, with nearly 70% of people working while on vacation. A study conducted by Passport Photo Online revealed that 68% of individuals use their smartphones for work while travelling, leading to difficulties in recharging and relaxing for 62% of respondents. Therefore, it is crucial to consider the following:
When travelling to another country, it is required to carry all essential travel and health documents that contain private information, such as passports, travel visas, and national ID cards. Information contained in these documents is confidential, which is something most people are unaware of. For instance, the barcode on boarding passes holds details about your travel itinerary and frequent flyer information. Passports are also a prime target for theft, with millions reported lost or stolen worldwide each year. Here are key measures to safeguard your data:
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