With more and more people starting to work from their homes to fight the spread of coronavirus disease, it is important not to forget basic work etiquette. Like attending office daily, working from home to demands discipline and responsibility. As your employer is trusting you with a lot of data and critical information, you just can’t be careless about how you work or do anything that embarrasses your brand. Here are 9 ‘tech mistakes’ you must avoid while working from home.
Don’t save official work on personal Google Drive or email accounts
Saving official work in your accounts may lead to accidental data leaks. This can have dangerous consequences both for you as well as for the company.
Not using a VPN service to protect your home internet connection can be dangerous
As more people are working from home, hackers are now targeting home networks to lockdown office systems with ransomware. It is highly recommended that you choose a VPN service to protect your home network from hackers.
Not locking your office laptop when you are away
Always remember to lock your system when you are not working as the last thing you would want is your kids sending a random email to your boss or turning on a video chat with a colleague.
Stop using the same internet browser for office work and personal internet surfing
Don’t use the same browser for personal internet surfing while working on the same system. This may lead to embarrassing search results and ads once you join office back.
Don’t share photos of your workstation at home on social media
Sharing photos of your home workstation on social media may create serious problems as most employers have strict policies against publicly revealing photos of office work or systems. Also, you could mistakenly reveal important information that is there on your laptop screen in the photo that you have shared online.
Don’t reveal details about work from home on social media
When chatting or commenting on social media, refrain from discussing work or posting work-related jokes and comments. These may not be appreciated.
Don’t share your office laptop with a spouse who works in a different company
Always use your laptop to work and do not allow your spouse or kids to work on your office system for whatever reasons.
Don’t mix personal files and data with work files on your system
It is highly recommended that you separate your work folder from your folders. Also, it is advisable not to save personal files on your office computer as there are chances that your company’s IT department might have the permissions to look through.
Stop using personal social media account on the same browser while working
If you are a social media manager, then the worst mistake you can do is to use your accounts at the same time while working. There are a lot of instances where social media managers have mistakenly liked or commented on something from the official company handle causing much embarrassment both for the brand as well as for themselves.
(With inputs from gadgets now)