Working remotely from home is on the rise, with flexi-time rising by 12.35% between 2012 and 2016.
In fact, an estimated half of the UK workforce will work remotely by 2020.
Working away from the office can boost productivity, allowing your team to fit their schedule around family and home life. But, there are risks to consider for your business, especially if you jump into remote working blindfolded.
We’re here to give you some starting points to help your team stay secure and productive.
Strengthen your security when working remotely.
Invest in security.
Antivirus, firewalls and backups – even if no one in your team works remotely, you should have quality software to protect your data and applications.
Moreover, it’s essential to push cybersecurity to the forefront of your employees’ and colleagues’ minds. Humans are often the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain and can easily undo any hard work put in by security software and systems.
Raise awareness about cybersecurity. Stop sharing passwords, think before you click on a link in an email and think twice before you hook up to the dodgy free Wi-Fi in your local coffee shop.
Keep your software up to date.
Viruses and ransomware are becoming smarter by the day, with new versions of the malicious software being released all the time.
Your antivirus and security software is only as reliable as its last update. Keep on top of updates and make sure you have the latest release installed so it can battle the most advanced threats.
Set up a VPN.
If your remote workers wish to work on-the-go, you need to consider investing in a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
This creates a secure tunnel between the user and the internet, preventing prying eyes from (notoriously unsecure) public Wi-Fi hotspots peeping in on your connection and data.
Read our blog on how to use public Wi-Fi safely.
Increase productivity when working remotely.
Manage your projects seamlessly.
It’s challenging to stay on the same page when you’re not all in the same office. But, with advancements in software, it is possible to keep everyone on track when they’re scattered around the world.
One simple way to keep on track with deadlines, meetings and dates is to put them in a shared calendar on Outlook or Google Calendar. Meanwhile, project management tools like Trello, Asana and Monday are brilliant for assigning tasks and moving projects forward, quickly.
Communicate and collaborate.
Again, it can be challenging to get everyone in the same room when you have a team of remote workers.
Instant messaging tools Microsoft Teams and Slack are built for businesses like yours. What previously would have been a quick (potentially unnecessary) meeting or long-winded email thread, can now be a five-minute group chat.
Thinking of remote working, but not sure where to begin? We can help you and your team get off to a great start, give us a call today.