1. Check your business continuity plan and communicate it. And test it proactively. If you haven’t got a plan or it needs updating, this is the first place you should start.
2. Do your employees have the laptops, mobiles etc. they need to set up shop at home?
3. Remind staff to take laptops and any other equipment they need home daily so they are ready should the need arise.
4. If your business uses VPN, do you have the right number of licenses? It’s time to take stock of how many people you want to work from home and purchase additional licences as necessary.
5. It you’re not currently using Office 365, you may wish to consider activating this to provide easy access to email without the time-consuming task of configuring multiple mail profiles.
6. Make sure any shared documents are available from a remote location.
7. Using cloud-based file services such as SharePoint, OneDrive, Egnyte means you don’t necessarily need to be using a works laptop/tablet to access data.
8. If you work in an environment where there are a lot of fixed desktops, using RDS/VDI services can enable staff to connect remotely to a virtual desktop.
9. Microsoft Teams and Zoom are popular options for remote meetings, chat and collaboration.
There’s a lot to consider and we hope this checklist provides a useful starting point. As always preparedness is key.
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