In the past weeks companies everywhere have had to rapidly shift their employees into a virtual workforce. Having been forced to do this quickly, not all companies have had a smooth transition. There are a few requirements that can help make the change easier though:
It may go without saying, but your employees will need the necessary equipment when working from home. However, accomplishing this can prove easier said than done. Much like moving, getting all of the necessary equipment to your employees can be easier if you make a list. Otherwise, you may forget key items. For example, make sure you have the right number of laptops, monitors, power cords, printers, scanner, etc.
It’s also important to remember that if you have to order equipment, it’s best to do it as early as possible because supply chain delays may impact delivery dates. You also don’t want to forget the appropriate security installed on whatever new equipment you have to order. Taking these steps can save you a lot of frustration down the road.
One of the most important aspects of making a virtual workforce more practical is UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) technology. This includes VoIP calling, instant messaging, video conference, presence, and team collaboration. UCaaS lets you do all of this from any location and any device.
One of the most popular ways of using UCaaS is through SIP Trunking. If you use SIP in conjunction with your existing PBX, you can incrementally transition to the cloud on a schedule that fits your particular company.
Again, don’t forget about security. In this case, you’ll want to make sure your network is just as secure as your devices.