With the COVID-19 virus forcing businesses to work remotely from home, we decided to put together some information that may be useful when planning for staff to work remotely.
- Ensure employees have access to the technology they need to do their jobs. This means having a working computer, internet connectivity, and access to the network if needed or setting up VPN connections.
- Ensure company security guidelines are followed. It’s important that any employee working remotely, especially those with access to the internal network are working from a secure location.
- Implement communication and video conferencing applications. Applications such as Microsoft Teams, for example, allow staff to communicate with each other in a secure environment via direct messaging, chat features, video conferencing, and more. Some popular video conferencing applications include Zoom, WebEx and Google Hangouts.
- Use file-sharing applications such as OneDrive. File sharing applications allow staff members to simultaniously work on documents in Word and Excel for example, at the same time. Staff are able to see their color-coded edits in real time making collaboration much easier when working remotely.
- Set expectations. It’s important to set expectations from the get go on what is required when working remotely. Ensure that company policies regarding technology and security are followed or monitored.
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