Does Your Team Have the Tools They Need to Collaborate?

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3 must-have tools for secure, effective remote work

Last spring, when on-site employees suddenly became remote workers, it was an eye-opening experience for a number of employers.

According to an April interview with Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith in Forbes magazine, nearly half of the new remote workforce could say that their employer had been able to provide necessary tools for them to successfully work from home. Nearly ten percent did not receive a company-issued computer to work remotely.

If 2020 has taught us anything about the work environment, it is that the ability to work collaboratively from home is the name of the game for many employees. For employees to succeed, though, their employers must provide the necessary resources.

We are proud to have partnered with the experts at Alcatel Lucent Enterprises, who have been building collaborative work-from-home environments long before most. In fact, as early as 2008, half of ALE’s 2,000 employees worked remotely.

So how do they do it? If these past few months have inspired you to improve your company’s remote working capabilities, you are not alone. Here are a few key considerations Alcatel suggests:

Network architecture that supports secure access and enhanced, proactive security.

ALE implemented a Service Defined WAN network architecture. This included security in the cloud with virtual access points, real-time tracing, and threat detection via behavior patterns.

In addition, the architecture increased bandwidth to serve larger numbers of remote connections from employees.

Business-owned Personal Computers (PCs)

Business-owned PCs allow the ability to manage automatic software downloads and updates, as well as provide access to company VPN and conferencing software.

Security protocol for remote employees

Proxy servers help protect from major security issues, but in addition to proxies, developing and communicating must-do security protocol for all remote employees helps reduce security risk.

For example, communicate and remind employees to:

  1. Change passwords on a regular basis
  2. Backup data to the cloud each day
  3. Shut down their PC at the end of every workday
  4. Keep food and drink away from their PC
  5. Keep power cords away from pets and children
  6. Report suspicious emails/links and do not open or click

If you are exploring ways to increase your team’s ability to work remote, Dice is ready to help. We have helped clients across several vertical industries, including education, government, and health care. Contact us today to find out how we can help you improve your employees’ remote work environment.

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