The current circumstances have impacted almost every area of people’s lives – from their social activities through to how they operate and work remotely. Technology has been crucial to handling these shifts positively. It’s allowed employers to communicate with their workforce and ensured employees can collaborate with one another.
Yet, logistical challenges have arisen. There are new issues which people might not have addressed before. How are employees accessing sensitive business data? Should employees be using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)? How do individuals navigate working from home if they live in an area that’s poorly connected? With working from home becoming the ‘new normal’, it’s vital that businesses find answers and solutions to these kinds of questions.
Tackling all these questions at once can be difficult, especially when working remotely or without wider team support. However, it is possible for businesses operating within all sectors to make remote working a success, providing they plan around four specific areas of their day-to-day operations.
Access all areas
Working from home can throw up all kinds of disruptions, from limited bandwidth with children streaming videos to poor video quality due to connection issues. But productivity will really suffer if employees are unable to access the resources they need. Especially those which were commonplace before the need to work remotely.
Businesses need to focus on keeping the things they can control easily accessible and secure. Employees must have immediate and easy access to all files, tools, applications and data they are accustomed to in order to minimise loss of productivity.
It’s a learning process
Once employees can access data remotely, risk is the next challenge to address. It’s an inescapable fact that working from home increases the potential for both malicious cybercriminal activity and accidental data loss. Especially when employees aren’t protected by the full array of protective

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