So COVID-19 is still hanging around, and now Omicron is on its way – thankfully no large outbreak here – yet.
So just in case you still have not sorted yourself out for working from home should an outbreak occur, here’s a handy checklist of what you should have on the IT side of things.
- Internet – I know, but some old school folk might not even think about it and still think its “magic”.
- Passwords – this is your email, login, wifi, databases, CRM etc etc. Make sure none are due to expire shortly.
- Cables – this includes power supplies for laptop, VGA/HDMI leads to connect to monitors, ethernet cable in case your wifi fails (recommend 10m), phone charger.
- VPN / Remote desktop connectivity – check with your IT department to ensure your remote access is working.
- Security tokens/tags/keys – in case you do need to duck into the office for anything.
- Check with your security/HR/management team for any restrictions on returning to the office even for a 2 minute item pick up.
- Communications – is your email working correctly, desk phone diverting to mobile or a message advising you are not in the office, Teams/Discord/Slack installed and running.
Long as you have the above, hopefully you should be pretty safe on the IT side of things to work from home.
If you do not have something above, talk with your IT team NOW to arrange it.