Distinct lack of trust between UK employers and their remote workers

News by Danielle Correa

More than a quarter (27 percent) of UK workers believe remote access should only be granted to senior management and above.

New research from OneLogin reveals a trust deficit around the UK's remote workforce, with half of those working full time believing that employees below the mid-manager level should not be granted access to the corporate network.

Over 2000 employed workers in the UK and US were questioned on their attitudes towards remote working. There was an even split between the UK and the US respondents as well as between different levels of employment.

Despite this distrust, these remote employees do care about protecting work data, maybe even more so than their personal data. Over 90 percent of remote workers state they wouldn't share passwords for work-owned devices in comparison to 37 percent who would share passwords to personally-owned devices. Over three-quarters (77 percent) stated they are the only ones who have access to the device they use to access the corporate network.

If those surveyed lost their phone, 38 percent would be concerned about people accessing work data, coming before their social media accounts (10 percent) and personal photos (20 percent).

“The UK has fast become a nation of remote workers, who are constantly connected to the corporate network no matter where they are. Whilst it is clear there is a misplaced trust deficit in the UK, the reality is employers need to overcome their concerns and start building trust with their increasingly security savvy workforce,” said Per Stritich, VP of EMEA at OneLogin.

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