The remote switch has become the biggest reality for businesses amid the ongoing pandemic. Even the organizations that could have never imagined letting people work from home are comfortable with the arrangement now. The truth is that WFH is here to stay, at least till the virus is strong. Trusting your employees to give their best even as they work remotely is the only option you have. Further, having a robust IT infrastructure that keeps your remote employees efficient, secure, and productive is the key to staying operational. Here are some ways you can go the extra mile with your infrastructural investment.

Provide adequate end-user resources

Ensuring success for a remote team is much beyond asking them to take their laptops home. You may also have to provide other resources such as a mobile phone or tablet, depending on their role and scope of work. If you let them use their personal devices for remote work, there should be a proper BYOD policy in place to take care of security and compliance. If employees do not have adequate internet access at home, consider providing wireless modems or hotspots.

Give access to requisite applications and tools

Fortunately, cloud technology comes to your rescue in the pandemic era. You can embrace a cloud-first model to provide business-line applications and collaboration tools to remote employees. Further, you can empower people to access data seamlessly and securely from wherever they are so that they can work without interruption. These tools and applications enable them to work without disruptions, so you must invest in them without thinking twice.

Pay attention to cybersecurity

While remote IT infrastructure keeps your business operations in a crisis, it is always at a risk of data breaches and thefts. Employees may expose confidential corporate data and applications to cybersecurity threats intentionally or accidentally. Training them and building a culture that prioritizes security can help. Choosing Mac devices is a good idea because they come with built-in security. You can educate users on the basics such as how to get ip address mac terminal command and how to change it by using a VPN. Also, encourage them to follow security best practices like using strong passwords, changing them often, and more.

Monitor user behavior

Another measure you must implement to fortify your remote IT infrastructure is to monitor user behavior consistently. When you have people working from home, managing their productivity is a challenge. With so many distractions at home, it is easy for them to waste time and your business has to bear the brunt. Safeguarding sensitive information is an equally big concern. You must monitor actions to ensure that employees access only data and applications they are authorized to use. Monitoring also keeps the employees alert about their productivity levels, even when managers aren’t around.

Doing a little more with your remote IT setup can make your business sustainable and successful in a crisis. It is something you should do without cringing because you need to make your organization ready to beat the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.

 

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.