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Jun 20, 2024

Flexibility in the workplace is a hot topic, but 2024 Everywhere Work reports show a stark reality: only 25% of workers feel their work environment is highly flexible. We need to bridge this gap for a truly adaptable workforce.

In this episode host Ira S Wolfe and Ivanti’s CMO Melissa Puls peel back the layers of IT and security, and trust us, it’s more challenging than you’d ever expect. We tackle the crippling silo effect, dig into the exponential growth of security vulnerabilities, and explore the intricate dance between CIOs, CISOs, and HR. It can feel like you’re trying to thread a needle with one hand tied behind your back. 

Here are seven insightful nuggets about IT, security, workplace flexibility, and employee experience in the future of work:

1. When IT and security team up, magic happens. Collaboration is key. Silos? Not so much. Keeping data and systems separate hampers both productivity and security.

2. Discovering and securing every connected device is like looking for a needle in a haystack. But boy, is it necessary! CIOs and CSOs need to collaborate, not compete.

3. Think of workplace security like a well-locked door; it must be secure but easy to use. Balancing strict security measures with practicality can save your company from headaches.

4. Employee experience isn’t just a fluffy HR term. It translates directly to customer experience, and ultimately, your company’s success. And surprise, surprise: IT and security have a huge impact on it.

5. Do you think digital employee experience doesn’t matter? Many employees would rather leave a company with a lousy digital setup than stay—even if they love everything else.

6. Flexibility in the workplace is still a work in progress. Only 25% of workers feel their environment is highly flexible.

7. The future of work is here and now, and it’s all about flexibility, security, and connection. This episode drives home the point that thriving in today’s fast-paced world means embracing flexibility, working smarter, and fostering strong connections and cultures within our workplaces. So, stay agile, stay secure, and stay connected!

Plus: The top 5 Things every small and medium business manager should know:

  1. The Future of Work is here now . Everywhere Work is here to stay

  2. Flexibility is key for the Employee Experience and Engagement. Everywhere work is about flexibility, not the place.

  3. Security is critical to make sure employees and customers are safe. Education and training is essential.

  4. Connection and Culture are more challenging in a hybrid environment but not impossible

  5. Employee Experience translates to Customer Experience --  and it is all about Customers and the Customer Journey.

About Melissa Puls

Melissa is Ivanti’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Senior Vice President Customer Success and responsible for all aspects of the Ivanti customer journey, from initial awareness to purchase, adoption, expansion and renewal – ensuring organizations maximize the value of Ivanti’s solutions for greater outcomes.

Melissa is passionate about all phases of the customer experience and brings decades of experience to Ivanti with a strong track record of fueling growth through a customer-centric approach and integrated marketing strategies for acquired companies. She was most recently senior vice president and CMO at Avid. Prior to this role, Melissa also held CMO and marketing leadership positions with Optanix, Progress, Iron Mountain and Infor.


Connect with Melissa Puls here.

Visit Ivanti website and watch keynotes from ISS2024.

Download 2024 Everywhere Work report here.