Although COVID-19 upended many aspects of our lives, it also forced some long-overdue and necessary changes to the way we work. Now, even as the situation improves, many companies are announcing that they have decided to ditch their office space entirely and allow employees to work remotely. Many others are incorporating more flexibility into their policies. It’s becoming increasingly clear that, in order to attract and retain high-quality employees, companies must develop and implement a ‘work anywhere’ solution.
According to Evolve IP, there are five components that companies should include in a ‘work anywhere’ plan. Having all these pieces in place will improve clarity, avoid confusion and wasted time. In addition, it will ensure that your company’s systems and data remain secure and protected.
Define and Secure Employee Identities
Generally, employees fall into one of three categories:
- Employees that rely on web-based tools (SaaS users)
- Employees that need legacy line-of-business applications
- Employees that require a full desktop
Determine which employees or positions fall into which categories to make options and needs clearer from the start.
Establish Device Management and Remote Work Security Policies and Procedures
Companies were forced to quickly send employees home last spring, resulting in many people using their own devices for work. As businesses move to remote work long-term, it’s important to get employees onto secure, company-owned devices. If not, establish clear security procedures for personal devices.
Choose a Collaboration Tool
When most or all of your team is working remotely, it’s more important than ever that they’re able to collaborate easily and effectively. From Teams to WebEx, Google to Zoom, there are a variety of collaboration tools available. If you need help selecting the right tool for your team, give Vaultas a call.
Create Contact and Support Center Teams
When a crisis occurs, the way a company responds to clients, partners and employees can have a huge impact on the brand’s public perception. It’s essential to establish robust contact and support center teams that can respond quickly and effectively.
Implement Remote Hiring and Onboarding Processes
If your existing employees are working remotely, you’ll need to acquire new employees remotely as well. In addition to remote hiring, it’s important to have technology and training procedures in place so new employees can get started with ease.
Are you experiencing challenges as you shift to a ‘work anywhere’ program? Vaultas can help! Contact us to learn how we’ve developed partnerships with a variety of IT solutions providers, and how those partnerships could save you time and money.
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