What to Do With Excess Hardware Devices After Transitioning Back to the Office
Although there are still many uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, American businesses and government agencies are beginning to prepare for the likely return to the traditional office work environment. However, the question remains: what will companies and agencies do with the devices that were put into employee homes during state-imposed stay-at-home orders? In a recent press release, the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) outlined some key steps that employers should follow to protect their data and investments once returning to the office.
- Organizations should identify all their new assets now, before we officially make the transition back to a traditional work environment. If the transition to remote working was completed rapidly, now is an opportunity to ensure that all necessary details about what is in your environment are gathered.
- Assets need to be tracked and remote users need to understand the transition process. Ensuring that users know how remote assets will be collected and processed will be helpful when streamlining the transition back into the office.
- A plan should be set now to deal with excess hardware once returning to the office. Organizations should have a plan in place of what to do with laptops and other devices that may no longer be needed once transitioning back into the office. In order to reduce potential financial burdens, it’s critical to discuss how the organization will recoup the costs of excess hardware. Whether the plan is to resale the hardware or donate to charity, company and agency IT managers will need to ensure that all devices are disposed in a secure fashion to avoid breaches.
Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, president and CEO of IAITAM, said: “Tracking, collection, and disposition of assets during the transition back to the office are going to be key. Having a plan for each asset now will help everyone buy-in to the process and make it possible to best meet the needs of the organization.”
To see the full press release from IAITAM, visit https://iaitam.org/after-working-from-home/