Does It Matter What Kind of Hardware My Staff Uses When Working from Home?

Does It Matter What Kind of Hardware My Staff Uses When Working from Home?

Usually the first concerns that companies have when it comes to their remote team are ensuring they have the software that can keep them connected to their work and that those connections are secure.

The type of computer a remote employee is using, may not be at the top of the list of those considerations, until a problem happens.

That problem could be:

  • Slow computer that decreases productivity
  • Inability to use certain business software
  • Security issues due to an older operating system
  • Problems running certain programs
  • Inconsistent video call experiences

Approximately 48% of employees working from home use their own personal computers for work. 

Roughly half of remote working employees are using their own computers rather than a company supplied device. Yet, they’re expected to do the same type of work that they do when working in an office.

All computers are not created equally, which is why it does matter what types of hardware your employees are using whether they’re working at the office or remotely from home.

What to Look for in a Productive Employee Device

One computer can make all the difference when it comes to employee productivity, morale, and data security. If your Colorado company hasn’t considered the devices that remote workers are using to work each day, you could be setting yourself up for problems.

While a personal laptop may be able to technically access cloud resources, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be suitable for business use.

Here are some reasons you should equip remote employees with professional business computers, just like you do when staff are working in-office.

Operating System Security

There are still about 23% of computers running Windows 7, which lost support back on January 14, 2020. That means it no longer gets vital security updates, leaving any device that uses it a sitting duck for hackers.

Employees that have older devices may still be running Windows 7 and devices may not meet requirements to upgrade to Windows 10, leaving your business data at risk of being breached or suffering a ransomware attack.

Productivity & System Performance

There are several differences between consumer-grade PCs and business-grade PCs and one of them is the performance and resulting productivity, or lack thereof.

Consumer grade PCs are typically designed for competitive pricing first, rather than performance. They also designed for home use, not 40-hour per week business use, which is much more demanding.

If employees seem to take longer to get work done than they did at the office, it may not be due to the change in working environment, but the change in computers, from a faster business PC to a slower home computer.

Capability to Run Software Properly

Businesses will have a certain set of tools and software that employees need to access. These may have been chosen based upon the types of workstations and their operating systems that are located at your office.

Now, the landscape has changed when it comes to remote work, and an employee’s home computer may not be compatible.

For example, what if you use all Windows compatible programs and your employee owns a MacBook that they’re working from remotely? You could run into problems with the software you use and the ability to apply network-wide security due to the difference in operating systems.

Ability to Multi-Task

Today’s offices require multi-tasking and having several apps open at a time. For example, an employee may need to have their email, team messaging app, video conference app, and productivity app they’re working in all up and running simultaneously.

Consumer-grade PCs can often run into memory issues, because they’re usually loaded with less memory than business-grade PCs. Computers that are on the lowest-priced side (like those purchased during holiday sales), also may not have the ability to add more memory.

This can lead to employees not getting Slack notifications because the program has frozen or having issues with crashing during video conferencing because their computer lacks the memory needed to multi-task.

Dedicated Work Use 

One other problem with expecting remote employees to use their own computers for work is that their home PC may be used by other family members. It may be the “main PC” for their home and be used for gaming or homework on the weekends and evenings.

This leaves a big security risk for any business data on the PC that may be accidentally shared or deleted, because others in the family have access.

When you issue a work device to a remote employee, you can require that it is used for work only, solving this big potential cybersecurity issue.

Find the Best & Most Cost-Efficient PCs for Your Remote Team

Trust the experts, not the salespeople! B-Comp Services can help your Colorado business find desktop computers and laptops that cost less to maintain, increase efficiency, and reduce stress. 

Contact us today to discuss your hardware needs. Call at 303-282-4934 or contact us online.