How small businesses can effectively work from home

Traditionally, small businesses have been slow to adopt remote working. Company equipment limitations, proprietary data sharing, and network security are some factors that keep employees coming into the office. Now more than ever, all businesses need to effectively prepare for employees to work from home.

Many managers are asking themselves the following questions: How can I ensure all my employees are equipped to work from home? Will they be productive? Will our company data be safe?

Don’t worry, we’ve got the answers. Here are a few tips to help your employees do their best work at home:

Equipment
Before implementing a work from home strategy, check-in with employees to ensure that they are fully equipped to work from home. We suggest requiring the following personal materials at a minimum:

  • Laptop
  • Charger
  • Mouse
  • High-speed internet

Company portal access
Do you have company accounts for various platforms that help your business run smoothly? Make sure that employees have access to all passwords and portals. Store this information in an easy to find, secure place.

Meet via virtual platforms
Meetings are a great way to stay connected during the remote workday. To check-in with your team, consider downloading free meeting platforms. Some even offer video display, simulating the experience of in-person meetings. A few of our favorites include:

  • Blue Jeans
  • Skype
  • Zoom

Download productivity platforms
Though email continues to be the number one form of business communication, what happens when you need an immediate answer to a question? Instead of being able to walk over to your teammate’s desk, you’ll need access to fast, digital communication. Consider downloading free communication and productivity platforms. These also provide mobile versions, so you can be sure employees will see your messages. Some of our favorites include:

  • Google Hangouts
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Slack

Update your passwords
Protect your company data. Since you are using a new network, it is always best to update your single sign-on passwords for your company Ethernet, HR platforms, client relationship manager, and accounting portals. Though most of your employees are working on a trusted home network, it is still a good idea to refresh your passwords on a periodic basis.

Do you want more information on how to set your employees up for remote success? Contact us for a free consultation. We’d love to help you make IT work at home.