Spending a couple of extra hours answering emails while commercials are on the TV is one way of “casually” working from home.  It accomplishes productive things without much interruption.  This is not, however, Working@Home.

What does it take to really work from home?

  • Before anything else – reliable power and bandwidth
  • Either a secured reliable fast wireless or wired connection
  • Reliable and up to date endpoints – computer, tablet, mobile
  • Access to your own protected and shared data
  • Remote access/authorization to corporate, company and team data
  • Data and computing security – antivirus, full system backup (local and cloud), managed services
  • Social networking (email, chat, social media, etc)
  • A comfortable workstation and chair; remember you might be there 8+ hours per day and holding a hot laptop on your lap is not a good long-term situation
  • Generally, UPS, 2 monitors / computer, external keyboard/mouse, docking station, external storage, web camera, and noise cancelling headphones
  • A cable lock to lock your computer to an immovable object to prevent theft
  • All the software you need to perform your function
  • A door between you and the rest of the family
  • A ton of patience; when everyone is working from home and downloading movies, bandwidth will be negatively impacted
  • Great electronic hygiene – if everyone is a data hog – network performance will be greatly impacted – close browser windows when you are not using them and do not face large screens toward a window for thieves to see
  • Telephone number and email addresses for your “support team”
  • Good lighting and a good work surface; remember you probably use public spaces at your office for some function so you have more room to “spread out”
  • Auto screen locks to prevent accidental data manipulation when you step away (pets and kids)
  • A reputable managed service provider that can remotely assist when things just don’t work right; it is amazing how many things can happen at home and how many times you might normally rely on the person that sat next to you in the office
  • Be extra careful with your technology; there is little if any replacement equipment available
  • Keep a lessons learned log so the next time you work@home you have addressed any annoyances or deficiencies
  • Call us – we can help!

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