Returning to the office doesn’t necessarily mean you will be abandoning all of your working from home (WFH) set-ups. In fact, remote working will likely continue to play a big part in your daily operations for some time.

In addition, workstations in the office may have been sitting idle while everyone worked remotely. This means there will be some work required before employees are able to fully resume in-office work.

Ultimately, your technology goal should be to ensure your employees have what they need to do their jobs effectively. Of course, you must also ensure and maintain a safe and secure work environment.

Below are a few essentials to check off your list before getting your office IT fully up and running again.

Audit and upgrade your IT equipment

Cut your upfront costs with IT equipment leasing for office and remote working. If your team have been working efficiently from home using their own devices, it may even make sense to adopt some form of BYOD (bring your own device) policy. Likewise, since some months will have passed since their last use, some devices may need upgrading.

Evaluate your IT Service Providers

If your IT service provider struggled to get your business WFH-ready when lockdown began, maybe it’s time to look at a more agile and responsive partner. Additionally, as the general business landscape has changed dramatically post-Coronavirus, your business needs will likely have changed as well. Remember, trying to save money by going for the most basic provider will end up costing you more in the long-run.

Fine-tune your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan

Having a secure, cloud-based backup solution is essential in the modern business world, regardless of company size. This not only protects your valuable documents and data against cyber attacks, but also makes it easier for you and your team to access resources remotely. If you don’t have an up-to-date BCDR plan, now is the time to get one.

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, IT Essentials for SMBs: Returning to the office after Covid-19

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