A CEO’s Perspective on Remote Work and Safe Return to the Office

At Vyopta, remote work wasn’t really anything new. Even prior to the Covid-19 outbreak approximately 90% of our employees worked remotely at least some of the time. As a company that focuses on unified communications and collaboration intelligence, we were already equipped with the tools and technologies necessary to work productively from just about anywhere.

As we see announcements that remote work will continue at a greater pace into the fall and beyond from companies like Dell, Twitter, and even some county governments like Travis County, we find those are fairly in line with our expectations especially with technology companies. While remote work has been steadily on the rise for the last decade, companies who never would have embraced it in the past have been forced to adapt and are now seeing that, not only is it possible, but in some ways their teams have become more productive.

While we won’t see an end to onsite work, the work environment that  we go back to is bound to look significantly different. Rather than attempting to get as many people as possible into a certain amount of square footage, different considerations will have to come into play, and in-room sensors that were previously used to track the occupancy and usage of conference rooms may be used in different ways to ensure that safety and social distancing measures are being followed. We expect to hear more announcements from technology companies that remote work will continue for an extended period.

We will not be mandating that employees come back to the office anytime soon, but we know that some employees are eager to come in, and we are exploring ways to make the office as safe as possible for their eventual return.

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vyopta is currently offering a free trial to help IT teams support massive expansion in remote work.

Alfredo Ramirez is a seasoned entrepreneur with direct experience in building early-stage software technology companies, which is why he proudly serves Vyopta as CEO and Co-Founder. A nod to his passion for pushing the button of innovation, Alfredo previously co-founded Vitalz (a venture backed enterprise software company acquired by Oracle) and Daman Consulting. He holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and writes about topics such as technology, employee engagement, and innovation from the CEO perspective.