In the current climate, working from home is becoming the only option for many businesses. There are lots of tools and apps to make working from home convenient and productive.
Check staff have an internet connection at home. If not, consider issuing 4G mobile hotspots to ensure they stay connected.
Use cloud-based solutions like Office365 and Azure
Office365 provides cloud-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and so much more. Save and share files in OneDrive and SharePoint, collaborate with Microsoft Teams – all the Microsoft apps you could need to run your business from home.
Office365 can be run across multiple devices, so it can sync to your laptop and your mobile phone and always stay up to date, meaning files will automatically update if you’re working across a team of staff.
Use a VPN to access office network resources from home
When working from home, security is paramount. One option is to remote connect your staff to their office PC’s, but this can pose security risks. A VPN (virtual private network) creates an encrypted connection from the user’s computer to their company IT system. A company issued laptop or desktop will ensure all security measures are in place on staff devices.
Have meetings on Microsoft Teams
Communicating with colleagues, customers and suppliers is a key priority. Microsoft Teams is a group chat and collaboration software tool that will ensure you’re constantly kept up to date with all your contacts. It’s one of the best ways to work remotely without feeling cut off from your business. Video and voice calls, file sharing, screen sharing, chats and collaboration tools are all available through Microsoft Teams and it will become the hub of your remote business.
If you need help setting up your business to work from home, please get in touch. No matter the size of your team, we’ll get you up and running in no time.