As we navigate through these unprecedented times, a majority of the workforce now finds themselves working from home. For some this might be an easy transition, but for others who have never worked remotely before, it can take some getting used to.

First, you need to make sure you have the proper set up. Your employer should be able to provide you with the information and logins needed. Employers should offer tech amenities like VPN, Virtual Desktops, SoftPhones, OneDrive, etc. If you don’t hear these words buzzing around your office – your employer may not be ready, but here are some helpful guidelines:

Have a go-to collaboration platform ready to go: Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, whatever suits your needs. Now is a good time to check your webcam set up and make sure your audio works for group calls, etc. Have a HEADSET! Many headsets are now on backorder and shelves cleaned out due to the sudden surge in demand for them. In a pinch, you can use your headphones, as long as they have a mic.

Remember some networks and services may be overwhelmed by the recent surge in traffic, so quality may not always be the best from home. You may need to practice some patience since a lot more people are using networks that don’t normally see this much use.

Now is a good time for organizations to embrace the remote working culture.  If it’s interwoven into their daily fabric then everyone can be ready for any situations that may require people to work from home. Conduct routine training and tests and document everything. Many companies are stepping up to the plate and offering countless FREE tools to help with collaboration during this time of need. If you need more information about any of these services or need guidance, you can contact Verity at 800-870-7860.