The ongoing circumstances related to COVID-19 and the Coronavirus have necessitated many of us to implement sweeping changes throughout our organizations. One of the most significant changes many are grappling with, is how to navigate the risks associated with employees that are now working primarily or exclusively remotely from their own homes.
In this blog post, we’ll review four keys risks that each of us may face when requiring employees to work from home and the steps we can take to mitigate and manage the risks involved.
The cyber risks associated with having the majority of your office workforce working remotely can be significant. A few best practices that can mitigate the risks involved in this area:
Providing employees with the right equipment needed for the job can greatly reduce your risks by ensuring all equipment provided to the employee has the appropriate security measures installed, including virtual private networks, endpoint protection, password managers and multi-factor authentication.
Use of Company Vehicles
Many organizations are permitting or even requiring employees to drive home company owned vehicles. This ensures greater responsiveness for on call employees and mitigates the potential exposure that employees would have by going to a central fleet location where employees could congregate. It is important that even with these exigent circumstances that you follow the same fleet procedures you would ordinarily follow for any employee taking a vehicle home. Some of these include:
Remote employees are entitled to workers compensation benefits, if they become injured in the course and scope of their employment. Here are some tips to help you establish effective policies and best practices for your remote workforce.
By having a clear telecommuting policy and ensuring remote employee agreements are in place, you’ll be able to mitigate the risk and uncertainty associated with your off-site staff.