We all have been facing one of the most difficult situations the world has ever experienced. Humanity as a whole is in a crisis due to a virus that knows no boundaries and does not care about social status, religion, or race.
There is no question that a remote workforce and working from home has become one of the most popular, and best ways for companies to stay open, and keep their employees safe. There are many advantages to hiring remote workers and it has turned into a very common strategy for a large number of business ventures. Companies today can hire from a wider pool of applicants, across a larger geographical area, allowing for a more skilled and efficient workforce. Due to the recent events, this is more important than ever before.
The coronavirus and your remote workforce
We never imagined that we would ever be in a situation as drastic as the one we are experiencing now. Social distancing, self-quarantines, a virus that is spreading like wildfire. These are very stressful times and companies are being forced to look for ways to stay in business without having to keep their employees in their offices.
Being able to create a work environment that allows remote workers is going to be the best way to stay in business during this crisis. The lack of certainty in terms of how long this will last is probably the biggest concern.
Securing remote server access
VPNs (Virtual Private Network) are extremely important for remote work, they allow your employees to securely gain access to files that you need them to use for their job. By using a VPN, they can access certain sites, serves and content through a secure and private connection.
Hosted Phone Systems (VOIP)
Hosted Phone Systems are extremely important for an efficient remote workforce. They allow you to create an effective line of communication between employees regardless of their location. This also helps reduce your phone costs, boost productivity, and it allows the employer to monitor and record every call.
Video conferencing and virtual meetings
You may have heard of video conferencing applications like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams, to name a few. Now your remote workforce will need to have a good internet connection and a webcam in order to have video conference calls with you and other remote workers as often as needed. Virtual meetings are going to be very important in this kind of work environment.
Using Remote Access Policy
Your workers are going to need to be familiar with the Remote Access Policy in order to ensure that they adhere to your rules regarding how they can make use of your network. By introducing a policy, your remote employees will make sure to avoid any penalties that could occur due to any actions that don’t match with the policy regulations. Here is a link for a downloadable sample of a Remote Access Policy for your review.
Some safety measures all Work from Home employees need to consider include:
• Keep antivirus software updated
• Turn off automatic connections on your Wi-Fi
• Use a password on your computer
• Avoid opening any unknown emails
• Educate yourself regarding internet scams and phishing
• Change your passwords every 3 to 6 months
• Back up your data on a weekly basis
Remote working is the future
Covid-19 has forced us to engage in a remote work experiment, but this is simply speeding up the process that had already started. According to a Gallup Survey,
“43 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely, according to the survey of more than 15,000 adults”
which was mentioned in 2017 New York Times article. All we can do now is ensure that this process can be implemented effectively and as soon as possible. This will help us recover from an already dwindling economy and it will help encourage remote work in companies that had yet to consider this as a viable option.
Have more questions? We can help! Our Eggsperts are highly trained and experienced in moving small and medium sized companies to a safe, secure, and cost-effective remote operation and workforce solution.