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Is Your Home Office More Useful As A Closet? Boost Productivity At Home With These Tips!
I love working from home because it allows me to:
As an employer, you can save money by having your employees work from home. Many have found that their telecommuting staff typically puts in longer work hours than those onsite. Others say they’ve saved money on office space to the tune of approximately $2,000 yearly per employee. Plus, employees who telecommute often use their own computing devices, adding another level of cost savings for your business.
According to a recent report from Global Workplace Analytics, the number of telecommuting workers has increased by 115% in the past ten years. Their study revealed that work-from-home policies:
With Microsoft Office 365, your employees who work from home can securely collaborate in real-time with other authorized staff. Having everything on the cloud makes it easy for them to share information with team members. It makes collaboration smooth, secure and productive.
Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based solution, so you don’t have to rely on your own servers, worry about data loss, or other issues like that. It also offers:
Your telecommuting employees can use popular applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on their smartphone, laptop or tablet. They’ll be more productive with:
Because everything works in a secure cloud, Microsoft Office 365 makes working together easy.
Your telecommuting employees can also use OneDrive for Business with Microsoft Office 365, where they can store all their documents in the cloud and access them securely. You’ll also benefit from 1TB of cloud storage per user.
Furthermore, Skype for Business will come in handy for video/web-conferencing, secure messaging, audio and video calls, and online meetings.
If you’re worried about cybersecurity for your work-from-home employees, you don’t need to as long as you plan ahead. Both your onsite and offsite employees are vulnerable to phishing and spear-phishing campaigns. Here’s what they need to know:
Phishing is tech language for hackers who “fish” over the Internet for confidential information such as credit card numbers, personal identification, usernames, and passwords. They utilize social engineering techniques and computer programming to lure victims into believing that a fraudulent website is legitimate. When the phishing victim clicks the phishing link, they discover that their personal identity, business information, or even money has been stolen.
Spear-phishing emails target specific high-level executives with well-researched scams that appear to come from familiar, trusted sources.
It’s essential to train both your onsite and work-at-home employees on the strategies they need to know to prevent being a victim of cybercrime. You should contact your IT Managed Services Provider and ask them to conduct Security Awareness Training for all your employees. Some of the topics they should discuss include:
Also make sure the computer devices your telecommuting employees use contain up-to-date, professional security software that’s recommended by your IT provider.
Ensure your work-at-home employees stay productive and keep your data secure. The experts at Colorado Computer Support can help with these and other solutions. For a complimentary consultation, contact us at 719.439.0599.