Tips for Working at Home During the Coronavirus

Prepare to send your employees home. Learn how to support a remote team of workers. Get tips on helping employees stay productive when they can’t work in the office.  

As of Tuesday, March 24th, Fort Worth and the surrounding area is on a shelter-in-place order. This nearly unprecedented government mandates exempt critical businesses from shutting down and allow people to leave their homes for essential supplies such as groceries.

Whether your business has been forced to close or you simply want to take steps to safeguard the health of your employees, you may be shifting from an in-house to a remote team.

How do you help your employees work from home during the coronavirus? What does your team need to work from home? Is your IT environment ready to support this change? Here are some of the essentials you need to consider.

Fort Worth Work From Home Coronavirus

Consider Your Timeline

As you set up and manage your remote team, consider how long you anticipate this change to last. While the current shelter-in-place orders may only be for a couple of weeks, lawmakers are likely to extend these orders, and you may end up dealing with a remote team for several weeks for even months.

In some cases, the coronavirus may prompt you to make a permanent shift to a remote team. Your projected timeline can help you decide how much time and resources you want to devote to supporting your remote team.

Decide Who Is Going to Provide Equipment

Do you want to provide hardware to your employees or do you want to require them to use their own devices? Ultimately, this is a personal choice, and the right approach varies. If you do not want to risk sending hardware home with employees, you may want to require them to use their own devices.

On the other hand, some employees may not have reliable computers or their laptops may not be powerful enough to run your core applications, and to stay productive, you may need to provide them with hardware.

Set Up Work Accounts on Personal Devices

If employees are using their own devices, you may want to require them to set up new user accounts on these devices that are just for work. Most computers can host multiple users, helping to separate your employee’s personal and business computing.

Explore Cybersecurity Solutions

When your team is working from home, you face a new set of cyber concerns, and you need to look into solutions that can help protect you. A lot of cloud-based applications encrypt data in motion and at rest, providing you with built-in security.

In other cases, you may want to require your employees to access sensitive data through a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Additionally, you may want to look into tools such as YubiKey that help you set up two-factor authentication.

Choose Collaboration and Communication Applications

Facilitating group projects between people in multiple locations is easier now than ever. There is a wide range of collaboration and communication apps that can help to keep everyone on the same page. With products such as Microsoft Teams, GSuite, and countless others, you can create to-do lists, assign tasks to workers, and track their progress.

Multiple team members can also work together on spreadsheets, notes, documents, slides, and more. They can make changes in real time that all other collaborators can see instantly, and they can even hold conversations or leave comments directly in these programs without switching to another communication app.

With the right apps, meetings also become a breeze. High quality conferencing apps move intuitively between speakers and listeners, making everyone feel almost as if they’re in the same conference room. Take some time to choose collaboration apps and make sure your employees know how to utilize these solutions.

Give Employees Productivity Tips and Tools

Working from home ushers in new productivity challenges. Your employees are not used to juggling the distractions of home with their work life, and at the same time, they may also have kids out of school or maybe distracted by worries related to the coronavirus.

Give them tips or ideas on how to stay productive. Keep in mind that they also save time by not chatting with other employees, commuting to work, or dealing with in-office distractions, and ultimately, that can work in your favor. They may be able to tackle the same amount of work that they do in the office, in a shorter amount of time.

At Corptek, we realize that the coronavirus is bringing all kinds of new challenges to the table, and if you are moving your employees home, we can help. We offer managed IT and cybersecurity services to companies in Fort Worth, TX and the surrounding area, and we want to help you. To learn more, contact us today.

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20:01 30 Jun 22
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20:20 13 May 22
On 2/15/22 our IT company that we have used for a while and have been paying to back up our data and service our network was working on my business laptop. Long story short, they crashed my computer, blue screen of death, bit key encrypted the whole works.This was devastating for me because once this happened they discovered that they did not back our system up and flat out told me that they could not fix it. All of my business records for over 6 years were gone, my sons pictures of him being a baby, our wedding pictures, all of my quick books, everything was gone!!!! To say I panicked and had a major anxiety attack is mild to what I went through! After trying for hours to find someone to help me I received a message from a friend out of the blue and she asked me how my day was going and I told her. She said I have a great IT guy, Mr. Neil and that she would give me his number.I called Mr. Neil first thing in the morning. Mr.Neil made room in his personal schedule because all of his employees had a full schedule.I was planning on hearing the worst that they wouldn’t be able to save my computer and all was lost. However, I kept praying and hoping that it could be saved.Mr. Neil is beyond amazing. He jumped right in and saved my data, my pictures, everything!!!!!! It was like an albatross was lifted off of my neck as soon as he said he was able to start retrieving my data. He is a Rockstar with computers!!!!He has the best customer service that I can honestly say I have received in over a decade. He even allowed me to bring my son with me to his office so I didn’t have to find daycare! His whole staff was welcoming and comforting! If you need IT service for your business please call this company!!!
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14:08 16 Feb 22
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14:03 24 Mar 21
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23:11 13 Oct 20
The Corptek Team has saved me many times. I am so grateful for their service, experience and keeping me going. I would give them 50 stars! Thank you guys for all you do for me and my business. Thank your Trevor, Jason, Derek and Neil for always looking out for us at B&M Auto Specialists! I could not do it without you! Blessings to you all! You Rock!
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Tonya Davis
20:29 01 Oct 20
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20:29 10 Dec 19
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19:55 09 Oct 19
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21:22 27 Sep 19
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19:50 27 Sep 19
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17:11 26 Sep 19
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03:04 26 Sep 19
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17:29 18 Sep 19
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