The first step for preparing your staff to work remotely from home is setting clear guidelines for responsibilities and expectations. It’s essential your employees know what needs to be accomplished while they are out of the office and how they will do so. Provide them with clear expectations for work hours, as well as defined and measurable goals that create expectations of their responsibilities and a timeline for them to work within.

Once your employees know what is expected of them, they need the ability to handle those responsibilities from outside of the office. For starters, they’ll require a secure, high-speed internet connection and a reliable desktop or laptop computer. Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Remote Desktop (RD) are two ways to connect remote users to networks and other computers. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) allows employees to bring their desk phone with them and use it as if they were in the office. There is no shortage of options for software to facilitate team chats, screen sharing, video conferencing, and file sharing, all essential activities when working remotely.