Migrating staff back to the office – is everything working?
With the recent announcement of the start of relaxation of lockdown rules, a lot of businesses will be considering bringing employees back into the office. After a year of mostly working from home or on furlough, systems that remained at the office may need extensive updates and synchronisation. You would be surprised how many small and big updates can accumulate if PC’s and laptops have not been used for 12 months. Microsoft alone has released 102 updates, plus 2 major releases just for the latest versions of the Windows desktop and Server operating systems. On top of that, there are office updates and updates for hardware drivers and other software such as Adobe.
These updates close security vulnerabilities and fix bugs as well as adding additional functionality, so it is important they are completed but it is equally important that your
Office managers and executives need to consider how staff worked pre-covid, as these ways might not be feasible. There may not be space in the office to allow all staff to return and keep socially distanced or the company may be looking at making cost savings after difficult 12-month trading. Some Companies may consider moving to larger premises to create more space between employees or moving desks around within the office space. Others may consider moving to smaller offices to cut back on unnecessary costs. If employees had no problems working from home or turned out to be even more productive than before, Companies may consider letting them continue to do so. This will result in a happier, more efficient workforce.
If looking to make working from home the norm for some staff, businesses may require a few adjustments to their IT systems to ensure all devices are secure and connected with servers and data, wherever the employees are. This is a relatively small investment comparing to the savings you could gain in the long run.
If you have a larger number of devices to get back online, it could be very time consuming for someone who is already trying to organise the whole migration back to work. Our team of very experienced engineers could get all of this done for you and ensure it is done properly so that your employees can just get back into the flow once they are back in the office!
The ACS Technologies team are not only experienced with PC’s and laptops but printers and servers too. Printers can collect a lot of dust whilst not being used, which can cause paper jams and degradation in print quality. We can make sure that all your equipment is up to date and ready to use and you may also gain some useful hints and tips from our engineers!