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Are Your Employees Using Unapproved Apps and Software?

Many of the applications and software tools that you are using now are probably different than the ones you were using pre-pandemic. Due to the pandemic, we had to make big changes and adjustments to the way we communicate and collaborate within our business. At the start, we were all a little unsure of the best way to continue with our work and still be in constant communication and collaboration with our team. We had to use whatever tools we had available in the first few weeks of the lockdown until we adjusted and found what worked best. Many things drastically changed during the pandemic and the way we work was one of the biggest changes for most people. Now that we have settled into our new ways of working, we can pick the software tools that best suit our business. 

Unfortunately, your employees might not like your choice of which apps should be used within the company. And some of them may continue to use the ones they prefer, despite the security risk that comes with that.

According to a recent survey, a whopping 92% of employees want more control over the software, collaboration tools, and applications they use. And 51% continue to use apps that have been banned by IT departments. This is putting business owners in a tough spot. On the one hand, blocking apps and software may leave your employees feeling frustrated and untrusted. But on the other hand, unvetted apps can be a huge security risk, leaving your data open to theft and your systems vulnerable to malware.

So, what is the best way to handle this?

Being open and honest with your employees is always a good idea. Ask your team for feedback on the apps and software that you use within your business, as they are the ones who use it day-in and day-out. Also, make sure they know the risks that come with using unapproved apps, and how it can negatively affect your business.

Can we help you find the most suitable communication and productivity tools for your business? We’ve helped lots of business owners do this. Get in touch.

Until next time, keep fit and have fun!

(TYYV) The Yada Yada Version:

If your employees are using unapproved apps and software, it can have a negative impact on your business and yada yada yada have a conversation with your team to make sure they fully understand the risks.

Mitch Redekopp
Article Written by Mitch Redekopp

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