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Remote Workforce Considerations

News | March 23, 2020

As a small business owner, we all know that this is a very trying time. As businesses are required to send their workers home or stop working completely, we’re all trying to figure out how to navigate these uncertain times. When it comes to your employees working from home, there is a lot to think about.

Employee & customer safety

  • Safety is our ultimate concern. During this pandemic, we encourage you to practice social distancing and to utilize the available technologies to continue with your day to day.

HR Policies

  • This can be tough as many companies may not have an established work from home or flextime policy. There may be concern about employee productivity, data access and communication. As part of our business resources, there are policies provided by a top-notch HR Company and communication options.

IT/Data Security and Access Policies

  • Making sure your employees are able to access what they need can be tough. Your IT partner should be able to assist you in creating policies and making sure your employees have ONLY the access they NEED.

Business Continuity Planning

  • During an emergency is not when you should be thinking about business continuity. Your IT partner should have been having these conversations with you about making sure your data is safe and backed up.

Physical security for your office if you’re not there

  • While you’re away from your office, are you confident that your space and equipment is safe? Physical security, cameras and alarm systems are vital in protecting your company. Knowing who has gained access to your company and when is a large part of keeping your data safe.

The bad guys (hackers) taking advantage of the current situation to gain access into your systems

  • Unfortunately, hackers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are using fear to their advantage. One example of this is the John Hopkins COVID-19 map. Hackers have duplicated this and created a map that allows them access to your computer once you’ve clicked on it. Making sure you are getting information from credible sites and that you have virus protection on your computer is crucial. Some hackers will also call impersonating your IT partner, the IRS, etc. Do not allow anybody access to your computer unless your are expecting them and make sure you know who is calling you. If you are unsure, you can always hang up and verify.
  • The FTC has provided a list of Coronavirus scams – click here to view

 

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