C-Suite Insights 21st May 2021

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Tips for introducing a flexible work environment




People Management report found that over half of workers were reluctant to return to the office because of fears they’d get the virus, and those that have returned to work weren’t confident in new safety measures.


The following tips may help to achieve a smooth transition into a flexible work environment in a post-COVID era.

  • Let employees choose what works best for them: PwC found that 55% of employees wish to be remote three or more days per week, while 68% of leaders felt they should be in the office that same amount of time. Stakeholders need to address that gap by listening to employees and instituting a return-to-work plan that inspires confidence. Communicate key dates, reintegration strategies, and what safety measures you’re implementing to calm their fears about being in an office.
  • Help teams align their schedules to foster collaboration: While complete alignment is the goal, some colleagues may still be remote, either occasionally or permanently. If anyone has to attend a meeting virtually, encourage them to keep their cameras on. 
  • Prioritise company culture: Ensure that any perks you offer to on-site workers are also extended to those at home to make them feel like part of the team.


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Vehicle battery breakthrough with significant implications for supply chains and sustainability


The Harvard Gazette


In a development that could have a huge impact across all sectors, researchers have designed a stable, lithium-metal, solid-state battery that can be charged and discharged at least 10,000 times, far more cycles than have been previously demonstrated.


Long-lasting, quick-charging batteries are essential to the expansion of the electric vehicle market, but today’s lithium-ion batteries fall short of what’s needed.


This battery technology could increase the lifetime of electric vehicles to that of the gasoline cars (10 to 15 years) without the need to replace the battery. With its high current density, the battery could pave the way for electric vehicles that can fully charge within 10 to 20 minutes.


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Report: cyber security risk and remote work




HP has released a report assessing organisational cyber risk in an era of remote work. It shows that changing work styles and behaviours are creating new vulnerabilities for companies, individuals, and their data.


According to the findings, 70% of office workers surveyed admit to using their work devices for personal tasks, while 69% are using personal laptops or printers for work activities. 40% admit to using their work device for homework and online learning more in the past year. Hackers are taking advantage of these shifting patterns to tailor their phishing campaigns. There was a 54% increase in malicious actors exploiting gaming platforms between January and April 2020, often directing users to phishing pages.


90% of IT decision makers say the pandemic experience of 2020 has highlighted the growing importance of strong endpoint security in defending the increasingly perimeter-less organisation; while 91% say endpoint security has become equally important as network security.


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