BNMC Blog

Bredy Network Management Corporation (BNMC) has been serving the Northeast area since 1988. BNMC works as a strategic business partner to provide organizations with proven design, implementation and support solutions.

7 Necessities before Sending Your Workforce Remote

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many companies are working from home to facilitate social-distancing and keep their workforce healthy. However, it’s not as simple as sending your employees home, firing up personal laptops and getting back to work. Here are seven things you need to have lined up in order to successfully deploy your remote workforce.  

  • Secure Remote Access: Employees should not have open access to everything on their work systems from their personal computers. This keeps company data protected. In order to be productive through this pandemic, however, employers will need to provide a secure connection utilizing VPN or remote access software. These solutions will mirror the employee’s work desktop without housing all of the data on the individual’s personal system, allowing them to seamlessly continue work.
  • File Sharing Capabilities: While people will be working in isolation, they must still be able to collaborate. File sharing/group editing software will be critical to moving forward creative or documentation projects through real-time editing, commenting, and versioning. Software like Microsoft Office 365 Teams / Sharepoint,  Google G-Suite Docs or Dropbox for Business fill this need securely.
  • Enterprise Level Antivirus: Basic home-level antivirus is not sufficient, particularly in secured industries. Extend your enterprise-level antivirus to home systems that will be accessing your network to create an added layer of protection. You may also consider deploying firewalls on top of individual’s home networks to create the same secure connection employees experience in your office.
  • Video Conferencing: Meetings must go on while people work remote; however, voice-only leaves much to be desired in terms of tone and context. We highly recommend putting in place video conferencing options. You can implement something as simple as Google Duo/FaceTime, or something more feature intensive, like Zoom or GoTo Meeting.
  • Messaging Software: You can’t just spin your chair around to talk to your co-worker when working remote, yet it’s not efficient to always pick up the phone. We recommend implementing a messaging software like Microsoft Teams or Slack to open communication channels and allow employees to continue to interact quickly and accurately. Utilizing these tools, you can set up one-on-one conversations or set up channels to facilitate team communication.
  • Phone: A strong VoIP solution will allow employees to take their phone numbers remote to their cellphones without giving out their cellphone numbers. Office calls will transfer seamlessly to the employee’s cellphones, voice mails will be sent via email, and the employee can dial-out using a phone application to maintain office functionality.
  • Remote Access Policy: Prior to providing access to your employees, put in place a clear access policy that acknowledges that your company monitors whatever they do while connected. Employees should be encouraged to act as if they are on site even while working remote and reminded that punishments for doing something illegal/against company policy will apply.

The COVID-19 situation is ever-changing. Schools across the nation have been closed and events have been cancelled. While it may make sense to keep your employees on-site for now, we believe it’s important to have a plan should you need to close your physical offices. Getting these seven pieces of the puzzle in line will prepare you to take your workforce remote. For assistance implementing these things, contact us at (978) 482-2020 or Sales@bnmc.net .

0 Comments
Continue reading

Subscribe to Our Blog!

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Technology Productivity Business Computing User Tips Email Privacy Cloud Microsoft Network Security Efficiency Business Hosted Solutions Hackers Data Software Computer Malware Communication Workplace Tips Google IT Services Hardware Small Business IT Support Mobile Devices Cloud Computing Internet Smartphone Tech Term Data Recovery Managed IT Services Users Backup Android Ransomware Mobile Device Innovation Outsourced IT Windows VoIP Phishing Upgrade Saving Money Information Smartphones Miscellaneous communications Data Backup Disaster Recovery Facebook Windows 10 Social Media Business Continuity Cybersecurity Network Browser Office 365 Business Management Server Microsoft Office Passwords Productivity Managed IT Services Quick Tips Windows 10 Internet of Things Data Management Managed Service Apps Word Analytics App COVID-19 Gmail Vulnerability Remote Monitoring Gadgets Save Money Artificial Intelligence Remote Work Encryption Money Mobile Office Infrastructure Chrome Managed Service Provider Conferencing Collaboration Tip of the week Remote Workers Website Employer-Employee Relationship Networking Paperless Office Virtual Reality Applications VPN IT Support Access Control Router Government Settings Information Technology BYOD Google Drive Company Culture Firewall Maintenance Display YouTube Apple Document Management Education Storage Risk Management Avoiding Downtime Development Antivirus Robot Office Tips HIPAA Automation Hacker Data storage BDR Big Data Spam IT Management Data Security Operating System Business Technology WiFi Unified Threat Management Virtual Private Network Computers Employee-Employer Relationship Content Filtering Bandwidth Augmented Reality MSP Going Green Managing Stress Two-factor Authentication OneNote IT Data Breach Social Network Vendor Management Managed IT Service Monitors Wireless Printing Solid State Drive Customer Relationship Management Scam Chromebook Windows 7 Software as a Service Password Break Fix Training Laptop Search Hard Disk Drive End of Support The Internet of Things Mobile Security Remote Computing Computing Outlook Server Management Bring Your Own Device Downtime Compliance Business Intelligence SaaS iOS Touchscreen LiFi Marketing Wi-Fi Data loss Social Telephone Systems Hosted Solution Managed IT Holiday Humor Virtualization Administration Tablet desktop Best Practice Regulations How To Retail Alert Mouse Managed Services Mixed Reality Halloween K-12 Schools Shortcut Distributed Denial of Service Politics Device Reducing Cost Cryptocurrency Management Cookies VoIP Unified Threat Management IT solutions Computing Infrastructure Professional Services Bluetooth Comparison Work/Life Balance LED Threats Google Docs Gamification Social Networking Firefox Customer Service Superfish Migration Consulting Star Wars Office Samsung PowerPoint Uninterrupted Power Supply Chatbots eWaste Address Health Permissions Private Cloud Laptops Spyware Hacks RMM File Sharing Google Wallet Scary Stories Wearable Technology Network upgrade Patch Management Tech Support Mobility Batteries Computer Care IBM Bitcoin Policy Nanotechnology User Error Running Cable Alerts USB Specifications Co-Managed IT Business Growth Motherboard Cables Banking Fraud Cost Management Heating/Cooling Social Engineering Multi-Factor Security Onboarding GDPR Legal Holidays Buisness Identity Continuity Managed Services Provider Identity Theft Slack Hard Disk Drives Unified Communications Drones Distribution Sports Smart Office Websites Print Toner Myths Corporate Profile Windows 8 Procedure Virtual Desktop Screen Reader Time Management Charging Printer Twitter Automobile Licensing Dongle Black Friday Content Huawei G Suite Wires Messaging Assessment Servers Safety Google Calendar Digital Signage Data Warehouse Dell Deep Learning Payment Card Solar Emergency Entertainment Vendor Mobile Device Management Monitoring Solid State Drives Cabling Logistics Work Dark Web Shortcuts Mobile Management WannaCry PCI DSS Smart Tech Network Management Employee-Employer Relationships Google Maps Cooperation Service Level Agreement Cyber Monday Streaming Processor Alt Codes Network Congestion Voice over Internet Protocol Cybercrime Hotspot Internet Exlporer Legislation Troubleshooting Business Analysis Inventory Hybrid Cloud Connectivity Writing SharePoint Spying National Security Budget Asset Management IT Technicians Optimization Microsoft Excel Security Cameras Profiles Battery Analysis Students Staff Leominster Smart Technology Human Error Memory Typing Peripheral Modem FinTech Techology Current Events Language Value Statistics Virus Shadow IT Dark Data Lenovo Update Scalability Digital Payment IoT Downloads Updates Meetings Disaster Memes Mirgation Recycling Mail Merge Blockchain Utility Computing Digital Files Mobile Data Cleaning How To CCTV Recovery Webcam Black Market Law Enforcement Financial Error Notifications Point of Sale Ben McDonald shares Electronic Medical Records Travel Physical Security Upgrades Gadget Emoji Crowdsourcing Supercomputer CrashOverride Motion Sickness Personal Information Botnet Staffing Regulation Administrator 3D Printing Taxes Cortana Web Server what was your? IT Budget Mobile Computing Processors Machine Learning GPS Unsupported Software IT Consultant Printers Cameras Computer Repair Relocation Tracking

What Our Clients Say

  • BNMC has provided us with nothing less than outstanding service and results for all of our IT needs for the past few years. Every member of their staff is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and eager to solve any problem...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3