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Remote Working: Your Response To Covid-19. Tips and tricks

16 Mar
2020

Remote Working: Your Response To Covid-19. Tips and tricks

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Your Response To Covid-19: remote working. Tips and tricks

One of the solutions for businesses to cope with the COVID-19 (a.k.a. Coronavirus) is to start a practice of remote working. If your company already has this capability, you may find some useful points below. If there’s no such capability, you may have to think and act to be prepared for changes at any moment.
GTI Computers can help you with this, and we are ready to work remotely.

For a company of any size and industry, it’s vital to set up effective communications, a way to participate in meetings, access to necessary tools and data, and provide training in how to use it.

First of all, remote employees need a lot more than a laptop or a home computer connected to the internet. They need secure remote access to the company network on-premise or in the cloud. The access should be organised over a virtual private network (VPN) to ensure remote working is secure. The VPN gateway, if you already have it, must now support a greater number of connections, which means that the capacity of the gateway must be increased. You may need more licenses so that the VPN can be used.

Some companies are still not adopting cloud networking even partially, and remote working for them is quite a challenge. It might be a good reason to rethink and give the cloud solutions a try.

Communication. If you don’t have a phone system in your office (or in the cloud), it could be a nightmare to handle customer and partner calls. It’s quite quick, easy and inexpensive to get your cloud-based phone system nowadays. Otherwise, make sure you’ve planned what settings you need to change in your phone system to make call flow smooth as if everyone is in the office as usual.

Generally, all the processes should be virtualised as much as possible. You definitely need to pick a good collaboration tool. There are plenty of freemium services online, not only paid, so you can find the best one which suits your company size and needs.

On top of the above, if there are no company laptops and you expect your employees to work remotely using their home computers, you may need to start using Office 365 or G Suite to make sure employees have all the tools they require to do their tasks.

The critical and sometimes overlooked topic – cybersecurity. Significantly increase security protection measures of your network and users devices. Be prepared that end-user support will be in high demand.

You can always rely on support from the GTI Computers team. We are ready to start work remotely at any moment and can help you to achieve this vital capability.

Drop us a line or let’s have a chat over the phone.

To summarise, here is a brief checklist for your attention and changes for consideration which will make remote working less stressful.

1. Secure connection (VPN)
2. Cloud solutions
3. Phone system settings, or an alternative way to communicate (e.g. WhatsApp)
4. Collaboration tools (like Zoom, Teams, Google Hangouts Meet, Cisco Webex Meetings to name a few)
5. End-user equipment protection (antivirus, 2FA)
6. File sharing (e.g. G Suite)
7. Project management tools (e.g. Trello)
8. Note-taking/task-list tools, such (e.g. Evernote)
9. Collaborative whiteboard/visualisation software (e.g. Miro)

Stay safe and healthy!

GTI Computers (Portsmouth) team
t: 02393 790 001
email: admin@gticomputers.co.uk

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