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With restrictions starting to be eased, we can finally turn our attention to preparing for staff to return to the office. But what do YOU need to think about to ensure everything is ready for them?
There is no doubt that many businesses and employees have adapted remarkably well to remote working and that a large number will continue with the policy, seeing it as a more effective practice for both employer and staff.
It is also true that some firms can’t accommodate remote working because of the nature of their business and there may be others who will seek a more cautious approach to an office return for the time being.
But for those actively working towards getting staff back in the workplace, here are some things to consider:
A lot of people will have been remotely accessing their office computers, working on personal laptops or those provided for staff for working from home during lockdown.
If office computers haven’t been switched on for long periods, they will almost certainly need Windows and anti-virus updates – which are a vitally important consideration.
Potential problems can occur when turning a PC on after a long time – if, for instance, it has been kept in an environment that has been very cold or very hot.
It’s also worth mentioning that IT networks can change, meaning we all might need a pinch of patience when going back into the office!
Other considerations include:
Where employees are still using personal equipment for work, it is also worth ensuring all relevant security updates are installed to avoid any costly systems breach.
It is possible that businesses and employees will want to continue working in a way that has benefitted all parties during lockdown. Make sure your IT support team is aware of the requirements and the policy can be continued in a safe and secure way.
And if you have any problems, use your IT support team. We are ready and prepared to help.