The IT infrastructure your business needs
Thanks to COVID-19, 2020 will forever be the year the world shifted to working from home. Within a matter of days, business owners went from suit jackets and meeting rooms to track pants and virtual calls – and it’s been a rapid change in the way many businesses operate.
Even though working from home isn’t a new concept, many businesses struggled with the sudden shift – because they didn’t have the right IT strategy for an effective remote workforce. With the world still unsure about what life will look like post-COVID, it’s a significant move that businesses must consider to maintain their usual operations and keep employees productive and connected .
Here’s what your business needs to think about when moving to remote work:
Investing in the right hardware
Over the past decade, there’s been a significant focus on accessibility. Businesses have moved their systems to the cloud and invested in corporate-owned devices, so their employees can access those systems from anywhere if they need to. But in the recent situation, with entire workforces going remote overnight, more than just a laptops were needed by employees working from home. Peripheral equipment – additional monitors, desks, chairs – were also important to reach the same levels of productivity.
Cloud computing and mobile applications
Gone are the days when employees were restricted by on-site servers and systems. Cloud technology has enabled them to access data through their phones, manage ongoing projects from around the world, and collaborate on live documents with their colleagues. Cloud computing is a valuable asset for most small businesses, even on a tight IT budget, and especially when it comes to remote work. To maximise the benefits of cloud computing, you need the right cloud applications for the devices you use – and a review of your workflows for optimal productivity.
Switching to a fully remote workforce brings security challenges because the home environment lacks in-office safeguards. All aspects of security need to be considered – home Wi-Fi doesn’t offer the same control as a managed work network, so employees are more susceptible to phishing scams and passwords being hacked. Address what makes up your security toolbox, substitute where more mobile approaches are required, and ensure you have robust policies in place to secure business transactions and workflows. Finally, educate your staff about the security risks of working from home, and what best practices they can follow around password management and device safety.
Arguably the hardest part of shifting to remote work is creating a virtual connection between your business and your employees. The technical issues can be worked through, but connectivity is more than speaking or video chatting with one another. Changing the way you interact with your staff and leveraging technology to foster collaboration and worker productivity creates a culture specifically designed for your online ‘office’ environment. New and existing technologies can offer the same problem-solving and team-building opportunities employees formerly had at work.
Prioritise remote work strategies for business continuity
Many small businesses have seen great results from employees working at home during COVID-19. But many businesses are working remotely for the first time. With an IT strategy that considers hardware, cloud solutions, security and connectivity, your business can experience the same productivity whether you’re in the office, sitting in a coffee shop or on the couch.
Isometric is here to help you find and implement the right tech solutions for your business. Whether you have two or 200 employees, we’ll sit down with you and discuss what options will suit your business needs.
Get in touch with the Isometric team today!