As we approach the final week of 2016, we find ourselves reflecting on the ebbs and flows of the year and begin preparing for what 2017 could hold. This holds especially true for business leaders. Now is the time to ensure lofty and zealous goals are set in place—and there’s a process to actually meet those goals, because about only eight percent of people actually stick to their resolutions.
And as technology continues its rapid sophistication, businesses don’t have time to let these goals slip away. In order to for your business to keep pace, we’ve put together a list of the top three resolutions your business should consider for 2017.
Increase Your Cybersecurity Budget
2016 taught us a very important lesson about cybersecurity. It has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue thanks to the election and the large scale DDoS attacks. Recent research by Neustar has revealed that DDoS attacks are becoming more sophisticated, and that frequency of these attacks has increased 40 percent year-on-year. Thanks to stats like this, global cybersecurity is expected to surpass $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021. Now is the time to get ahead of the game—ensure your IT budget allots for system upgrades, security measurements and more.
Prepare for Tomorrow’s Office Today
If you think you have time to prepare for the technology that will be flooding the market to improve efficiencies in your office, you’re dead wrong. With the proliferation of ambient intelligence technology, the increasing interconnectivity of the Internet of Things and the continued implementation of BYOD, the office of future is here. Now is the time to ensure your policies for such tech are updated and that your staff is trained on said tech accordingly.
Refresh Remote Work Policies
Remote work, telework, telecommuting, working from home—whatever you may call it, your policies toward facilitating a better work/life balance for your employees is crucial. More than 72 percent of the workforce will be mobile by 2020, so ensuring your policies reflect and promote positive attitudes toward working wherever your employees need is important. Mobility and productivity have become synonymous both inside and outside the workplace, so ensure your teams are prepared with the latest tech, most updated policies regarding remote work and are met with positive attitudes from management.