Normally, I advocate telework and telecommuting as a great green business strategy. But now Swine Flu is thrusting the concept of working from home into the spotlight.
CIO.com offers 10 tips to prep your IT shop should the situation get worse. Numbers 5-7 best sum up how your business can accommodate workers that can’t make the trek into the office. But before you can even consider the prospect of letting your employees work from their jammies (fuzzy slippers optional), make that you sure heed tip number 6:
Ensure key employees have broadband access. Dial-up access won’t cut it for employees who need to use enterprise applications for an extended period of time. Make sure key employees have broadband access from home as well as mobile broadband access. Mobile data cards are a good solution, Hochmuth says. “In a worst case scenario, people may not be working from home. They may be leaving the area for health or safety reasons, and they may need to take their laptops with them.” Hochmuth recommends buying mobile broadband cards from multiple carriers. “If you get a lot of those to your most important employees, that’s another high availability, load balancing tactic on the end user side,” he says.
A cache of mobile broadband cards is one idea that I didn’t even consider, but good to keep in mind. And if some of your workers do a fair amount of traveling, the cost of the cards and service will likely be offset by not having to expense those exorbitant hotel Wi-Fi fees.