Another lockdown has left many businesses unable to open their doors for at least a month, but for some, a return to working from home or having reduced members in the office is what the foreseeable future has to hold. .
Reliable IT is essential for every business so we’ve compiled a guide on how to keep your tech running over the lockdown period….
Working from home
For some, working from home is the norm and for others it still feels new, strange and difficult.
IT plays potentially the most crucial role in smoothly working from home so here are some tips on how to make working from home a little easier.
If using Teams, ensure you understand and are using all the useful functions Teams offers.
Calendar tool – put your plans and timetable into the Teams calendar tool, and it will show your colleagues when you are free and when you are concentrating on projects, therefore this will prevent calls interrupting important work or downtime. This status can be toggled from ‘busy’ to ‘do not disturb’ as well as a host of other settings… you just need to ensure people pay attention to it!
Create smaller Teams to aid with clear communication between set groups and teams.
Be clear with how your team is expected to communicate through their IT, including which platforms to use and when or when not to contact colleagues.
At Syn-Star, to ensure important tasks are not forgotten, email chains are maintained for tasking while Teams chat can be used for quick questions.
Keeping your IT going
Without a current end in sight and the possibility of the national or local lockdowns being extended, be certain your business has no extra downtime.
Make sure your business IT doesn’t develop problems unnecessarily – here’s some tips.
This may seem like a really obvious one but if you press ‘remind me later’ too many times (and we all know we can be guilty of that) this can have serious repercussions.
Updates repair holes that hackers can enter through and access private documents or release viruses onto your system. This means downtime, so keep updating!
Ensure your IT is well protected so if something does go wrong, your IT provider will be hot-on-the-pulse with addressing the issue.
What we can do
If your business has struggled managing IT during lockdown previously or would like to make things easier then talk to our team today.
We are an essential business and will be open to support you and keep you running throughout the lockdown.