Working from home may be comfortable, but it also poses a number of security dangers and productivity knocks. If you’re like many American businesses, you were probably unprepared when social distancing measures were put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus. One day, it was business as usual and the next, your business needed to adapt or get left behind.
The transition to a remote workforce needs to be a swift adaptation, not a roadblock. As some states ease restrictions this month and employees make the journey back into the office, it’s important to reflect on mistakes and plan for when this all surely happens again.
We’ve put together an eBook full of practical advice and tips on how to make working from home work for you and your employees, now and into the future.
What you’ll learn:
- How to protect your devices, data, and customers while working from home
- How to properly clean and sanitize your technology
- What tools and tricks you can use to become a productivity whiz
A Sneak Peek at What’s Inside Our eBook:
Here’s a condensed look at some of the things you’ll read in our eBook. Interested in learning more? Just sign up for the full and portable version!
It’s important to protect your devices, company data, and customers by taking these precautions.
Keeping things private:
- Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication.
- Use a VPN to encrypt your online data.
- Ensure all confidential business conversations are, well, confidential.
- Make sure you lock your computer when not in use.
- If possible, avoid using personal devices for work.
Protecting your devices & data:
- Keep your devices updated.
- Don’t use an outdated, old device.
- Know the signs of phishing.
- Make sure you’re aware of your company’s cyber security policies.
Safeguarding your WiFi:
- Change your default router password and make sure your WiFi network password is strong.
- Enable WPA-2 or higher encryption on your WiFi network.
- Purchase a next gen firewall for an added layer of superior protection.
- Segment your personal and business networks.
Keeping Things Clean
Here are few tips that we recommend to keep your technology clean.
- Touchscreens. Use proper screen cleaners that are lightly alcohol based.
- Smartphones. Sanitize your phone often and with the appropriate phone cleaners. Use Bluetooth devices, when possible.
- Keyboards. Keep the keyboard clean on your desktop and laptop with disinfectant wipes or isopropyl alcohol. Never spray water directly on any device.
The strategies and tools below are a great way to stay productive while maintaining accountability and collaboration.
Sanity saving strategies:
- Create a dedicated office space. By creating a separate space solely for work, not only will you get more done but it’ll be easier to transition from work life to home life once the clock strikes five.
- Keep your routine. You’ll be productive if you stick to your typical work routine. Stay focused throughout the day by sticking to the same structure you would have while at the office.
- Understand expectations. Make sure you know your company’s working hour policies.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate. Stay accountable by letting everyone you work with know what you’re doing and when you’re available.
- Take breaks. Breaks give you time to step back and recharge, which leads to super powered productivity.
One of the best tools to get stuff done:
Practical and easy to use communication tools are needed now more than ever. Microsoft Teams is our go-to.
Here are some of our favorite features:
- Instant messaging
- Interactive meetings
- Helpful apps
- Quick file sharing
- A+ security