The telework kit: Regular vs. ad hoc home workers

Agencies might want to outfit frequent and occasional teleworkers differently. Here are a few ideas for how to do that, gleaned from agency and consultant interviews.

Type: Frequent teleworker.
Hardware:
Agency-issued laptop PC, often with hard-drive encryption software and docking station.
Other gear:
Printer or multifunction peripheral with printer, scanner, photocopier and fax machine in one device; full-sized desktop monitor.
Internet connection:
Broadband.
Network security:
Virtual private network with Secure Sockets Layer encryption.
Voice line:
Voice over IP.
Software:
Access to most, if not all, office applications.

Type: Occasional teleworker.
Computer:
Agency-issued laptop PC or employee-owned home computer.
Other gear:
Typically not issued peripherals.
Internet connection:
Broadband.
Network security:
Virtual private network with Secure Sockets Layer encryption.
Voice line:
Voice over IP or regular telephone line.
Software:
Access to a limited set of applications, such as Web-based e-mail.

About the Author

John Moore is a freelance writer based in Syracuse, N.Y.

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