A question every business, small or large, has asked themselves in recent times. As a business owner, it is essential to maximize productivity, bring in revenue, and continue to grow your business during these difficult times. How can you accomplish these goals when your office is now a ghost town, and productivity has fallen off a cliff?
The answer lies in your office to functionality while being remote. If you have yet to implement a work-from-home policy, it may seem like a new world. Managing an entirely remote workforce goes far beyond giving your employees a laptop and reminding them to check in every once in a while. After all, there are many factors most business owners haven’t ever had to consider, such as:
- What technologies do I need?
- How can my employees work from home without compromising the security of our network?
- How can I make this new work environment as easy, comfortable, and productive as possible?
We understand these are different times. We know that “business as usual” is going to be quite different for an undetermined amount of time. But together, we can help you adjust to today’s new normal by giving you the tools, technologies, and insights to create a secure and productive work-from-home business environment. Here are three crucial considerations to getting you set up and running a successful work-from-home business:
1. Don’t allow employees to use home computers or devices. Their mindset may be, “Well, I’m working from home, so I may as well use my home computer.” This practice is a dangerous mistake. Our team works hard to ensure your company computers and network are secure and protected from malware, viruses, and cyber-attacks. Their home computers and devices could be filled with tons of downloaded music, videos, images, and more. Because it’s more exposed, it can invite malware into your network. Instead, provide a company-approved and secured computer/laptop for employees to use at home.
2. Secure employee’s WiFi access point. Without a secure WiFi access point, you’re essentially leaving a back door open to hackers. Safe WiFi is crucial because WiFi signals are often broadcast far beyond your employees’ homes and out into streets. Yes, drive-by hacking is widespread among cybercriminals today. A few tips for securing your employees’ WiFi access points:
- Use stronger encryption and a more complex password
- Hide your network name
- Use a firewall
These security measures are not difficult to set up. If you have any questions or need assistance, we will be happy to help get your employees set up remotely.
3. Use a two-factor authentication VPN. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is an essentially private, encrypted tunnel that goes directly to your IT network in your office. Ideally, you’ll want your VPN to support two-factor authentication. This practice means your VPN is double secured because your employees will need to call in to access the network. If you don’t have a VPN for your employees to use, you can consider other services, such as GoToMyPC or Zoho. While these products are not as secure, at least they keep your home network from being exposed.
As business owners ourselves, we, too, are having to pivot and work differently than never before. However, because we have the technology and infrastructure in place, we are surprisingly productive.
Our team wants to help your business survive and thrive during today’s unique environment. If you and your IT team need extra hands right now or solutions to help your employees work SECURELY from home, we have software tools, expert staff, and resources we’d like to offer you to keep your business as productive as possible.
Here’s a link to my calendar if you wish to book a quick 10- to 15-minute call to discuss ways in which we can set up your company for success: Schedule.
Please know that this is not a sales call but only an outreach to help a fellow CEO stay afloat.