Tech Tips to Help Your Business Adapt to Working Remotely
The Coronavirus is forcing organizations across the nation to change the way they do business. In many cases, employees typically working in an office are being asked to set up shop at home.
If your company is supporting remote workers, you must decide how to strategically respond a host of challenges including communication, task assignment, and performance measurement (to name a few). While most of these may be expected, what catches some businesses off guard is the upfront investment in technology and office equipment that going remote may require.
When planning for remote work, it’s important to take a few things into consideration to help your team (and your business) stay as safe and productive as possible.
- Consider your employee’s internet connection speed and quality. For many businesses, the internet is fundamental to completing daily work. Ensuring your employees have sufficient connectivity and internet resources is a must. Resources like cellular hot spots and internet extenders can help boost the quality and range of wireless services.
- Ensure the equipment fits the position. Over-purchasing hardware won’t guarantee the most efficient worker, but it will drain your budget. Take a moment to stop and think about the function each person provides and what equipment each person will need to be successful. For some, a basic laptop could be enough to get the job done for a short period of time, while other positions may require a higher quality laptop or desktop and multiple monitors. Projecting how long you assume your team may need to work at home can also help inform the type and quality of the equipment you should to purchase.
- Make security a priority. Security should be a high consideration as well when reviewing equipment. Take time to ensure your team has the necessary software and hardware protections to keep them and your data safe.
- Avoid the big-box store purchase. Most computers provided by big-box chains are not business grade and can have low quality grade selections. Many over-the-counter systems are lower quality and offer a less-comprehensive warranty should something fail. Business-grade systems made by reputable companies typically offer next business day on-site support, which relives the burden of repair from your plate.
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If you need assistance selecting a computer resource for your remote workforce, let us help you. We have partnerships with many of the top hardware vendors specializing in business-quality systems to support your team’s needs and won’t deplete your budget. In addition, our tech team has compiled a list of tips and tricks to help improve Wi-Fi connectivity at home.