Aspect IT: Will you need to work from home because of the coronavirus?

By Peter Dorotiak, Director

As the world gets to grips with the spread of the coronavirus, or Covid-19 as it is now called, could your employees work from home if your business is affected by the virus?

The number of employees working from home is increasing year-on-year. According to the Office of National Statistics, 17 per cent of the private sector worked from home in 2019 and 3 per cent of the public sector.

Many online sources believe the total number will rise to 50 per cent within the next few years, an increase of 30 per cent.

However, with the coronavirus spreading and Italy locking down whole cities, the UK government may be recommending that more businesses allow their employees to work from home to stop the spread of the virus.

With this at the forefront of the news, we look at what a business may need to provide their employees if they were to work from home. Of course, it does depend on the type of job you have, but we’ll concentrate on office-type jobs.

  1. Computer: One of the most essential items is a computer or laptop. You’ll also need to decide if you are supplying the computer or expecting your employees to use their own.
  2. Internet connection: An obvious requirement but the speed of the connection will be a key aspect if you need a reliable and fast connection for transferring files, VoIP, and video conferencing.
  3. Security and anti-virus: Homeworkers still require adequate security to protect their computers and your data.
  4. VoIP: The most cost-effective communication method for home workers is to use VoIP.
  5. Employee support: One of the most important things to consider is support for your employees. Working at home can be lonely and employees could also have long periods without team-working or supervision. Setting up a homeworking policy is essential.

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