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How to start remote working during the coronavirus outbreak

The situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) is constantly evolving and, with many now being advised to implement remote working where possible, we have put together our advice on how to implement this during the outbreak. It may be a difficult transition period while the world adapts to this new virus, but there are steps businesses can take to ensure the smoothest move possible and employees can continue with business as usual while working from home.

VoIP systems

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems are brilliant when it comes to flexible and remote working. If you don’t already have a VoIP system in place, we highly recommend you invest in one. Being powered by the internet allows the devices to be moved and relocated, simply plug in, connect to the internet and you’re good to go.

Not only is a VoIP system flexible, it is generally the more affordable option when compared to traditional phone systems as they need very little set up and there is no need to purchase expensive equipment and hardware. They require very little maintenance and when they do, most can be carried out remotely.

Cloud storage

Good access is vital when working from home. All members of staff need to be able to access servers and files with ease. When it comes to storage of data there are two main options, on premises or the cloud.

Cloud solutions are ideal for home and remote working as they can be accessed from anywhere with the correct log-in credentials. This means the security of a cloud server may be called into question; however, additional factors such as multi-factor authentication (MFA) and stricter password measures will ensure your team can access files and data securely when working remotely.

Unified communications

Over the last decade, online communication has been adapted and integrated to form the new model of unified communications that companies are increasingly benefiting from when staff need to work remotely. Now employees can host conference calls and access documents and emails from any location on a number of devices, allowing work to continue from any location. Integrating a unified communications structure will allow all communications between both clients and colleagues to continue smoothly and efficiently.

While the situation with COVID-19 is continuously changing and uncertainty is rife, businesses need to be able to rely on IT more than ever. For more information on any of our services and how they assist remote working, please get in touch with our team here.

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