Collaboration & Communication

Computer issues: working remotely

Working remotely has many benefits, but it poses challenges for managing a company’s network and ensuring digital safety.

A company should review its computer systems if it plans to let employees work remotely.

This includes determining whether employees have secure network connections and the needed technology. Periodic training is needed to remind employees of the importance of security and show ways they can protect the company and themselves from hackers.

Other considerations

  • How will employees communicate with supervisors and co-workers in various locations?
  • Systems such as Microsoft Teams can be invaluable, linking employees through chat, calls or video and providing apps that make collaboration easier and more productive.
  • Another question: Will the company send IT specialists to employees’ homes to install new equipment or fix problems that can’t be solved remotely?
  • Cloud security is especially important if your employees are “hybrid” workers, toting laptops between home and office. 

Mark Wiener


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Computer issues: working remotely