Making the most of working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Published: March 18, 2020
- Author: Asparq
Many businesses are encouraging their staff to work from home during the COVID-19 outbreak to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus.
So here are some tips to ensure your business and your team members remain on track during the crisis.
Check your cyber security policy
Staff working remotely using their own or company-provided laptops or smart devices increases the threat of cyberattacks affecting your organisation. There are a number of mitigation steps businesses can take to deal with this.
First, make sure your anti-virus and anti-spam software is totally up-to-date and set up to update automatically as patches come through.
More importantly, re-iterate to staff how to recognise phishing emails so they don’t inadvertently open one at home and expose the business to a cyber threat. Also remind staff to immediately flag to the IT team if they do open a phishing email. This will allow the business to contain this threat.
It’s essential to keep the lines of communication open when staff are working remotely to ensure the team remains connected and to maintain productivity.
So schedule daily conference calls and WIP meetings to ensure staff can talk through any issues they have and so management has good oversight of work being done and work that needs to be done to keep the business on track.
Also encourage staff to pick up the phone and use collaboration tools such as Zoom and Slack. See this as an opportunity for the firm to improve its use of technology and become more productive.
Take a business as usual approach
Encourage staff to work at home in the same way they would at work. This involves getting dressed in smart casual attire, rather than spending the day in a tracksuit. It’s also important to keep regular business hours. If staff have meetings scheduled with clients, encourage them to keep meetings but conduct them virtually over Skype.
The information contained herein is of a general nature only and is not intended to be relied upon nor is it a substitute for appropriate professional advice. Whilst all care has been taken in the preparation of the material, it is not guaranteed to be accurate. Individual circumstances are different and as such require specific examination. Asparq cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any kind arising out of the use of or reliance upon all or any part of this material. Additional information may be made available upon request.