Welcome to our blog on working from home or in a remote location. The purpose of this article is to identify the purpose or need for remote working, what we need to think about when working in such areas and also what we need to keep working.
The world has changed dramatically over the past few weeks and remote/home working has become “the norm” in many areas of the world. Normally remote and home working is carried out because there is a specific requirement such as being able to have a “mobile work force” that can log in to businesses services where ever they may be such as sales and surveyor teams which means rather than having to return to the office after every trip they can carry out all tasks from anywhere. In some cases people work from home either because they have a business need to due to a meeting being close to home in the morning or because they have family commitments and it suits their lifestyle, either way having the flexibility to work from home or remotely not only improves well-being among staff but in some cases removes unnecessary travel time and reduces your carbon footprint.
Working from home and remote locations does come with it’s challenges however such as distractions or lack of broadband connectivity and including things like teamwork and being able to bounce ideas around. With this in mind it is good to know what options are available for you to stay connected and keep your productivity up, so below are a few examples of solutions to help you whilst working from home or anywhere in the world.
- Broadband connectivity (It’s a must!) – If you are part of a mobile work force then you need some form of connectivity “hotspot” this can be your company issued mobile phone ot some form of “mifi”. Working from home can be easier however as most of us have a broadband line and a wifi router.
- Communication via phones (Mobile or Voip) – Being able to communicate via telephone is a quick way to pass and receive messages, make sure you have a back up for battery power. (As you know batteries don’t last long this day in age) In some cases we cannot use mobile phones due to facts such as “only landline numbers” being used for a business, this would then require a form of voip solution so make sure you havethe relevant applications and systems in place to be able to make and receive calls.
- Video calling – Video calling has become a big part of our business life recently due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak and should still be widely used once we have come through on the other end of it. Solutions such as “ZOOM” and “Microsoft Teams” are great for business connectivity and continuity and can be used as long as you have a decent broadband connection.
- VPN’s and business file access – The fourth and final point here is going to be, do you have access to all the files you require? … Make sure you have a VPN system in place for staff to access specific files securely or use a secure cloud platform such as Office 365 to share company files and apply policies so staff can only see the files they need.
Having the four points above in place will help greatly should your team need to quickly adapt to remote and home working, with these in place such as a VoIP telephone solution you know that should you have to move quickly then calls will still be answered no matter where you and your team are.
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