As more and more employees work remotely, it’s important for everyone to understand the basics of using company-owned electronics at home. Each company’s policy will be different but there are some general good rules to follow for both parties. Here is what you need to know, whether you are an employer or an employee.
Secure All of It
One of the biggest concerns companies have about using remote workers is the security of sensitive data. This is a very valid concern as data breaches can be catastrophic for companies and remote workers offer unique cybersecurity challenges. This is the reason many companies mandate the usage of company-owned electronics. Employees may also be subject to restrictions of what purposes the devices can be used for and what software products can be installed.
Remote workers should not put off an important update when one becomes available. This can be difficult to do as notifications might come up during an important task. But these updates provide needed security patches and functionality features that can drastically improve the device in multiple ways. Remote workers should ask for permission to update the device if they have otherwise been told to return it in its exact present condition.
Replace Broken Equipment Occasionally
Tech changes at a rapid pace and companies will need to upgrade and replace their existing electronics every several years, if not sooner. Mobile device life cycle management is important for all businesses to practice with their devices. Companies can do this by monitoring usage and performance, as well as by watching the latest innovations in the industry and planning for upgrades.
Employers Can Monitor Employees More Easily
Company-owned electronics allow employers to monitor their remote workers very easily. This can be used for useful purposes, such as evaluating employee performance to continuously help them improve. It can also turn into a problem and a point of contention, which should be clearly negotiated and discussed between the two parties. Usage and history will be viewable when the device is turned back in, so remote workers should simply strive to only use company-owned devices for work purposes.
Remote workers are becoming more common, along with the usage of company-owned devices at home. Companies are best served by having clear usage policies in place and managing the devices well on their end. Remote workers need to respect policy, offer suggestions for improvement and be effectively productive in their own environment.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.