The shift to working from home: why you need ITAD now

The outbreak of COVID-19 — a novel coronavirus — has affected individuals and businesses worldwide. Some of those effects have been unprecedented, including the blows dealt to financial markets and companies of all sizes.

One of the other major effects of the epidemic has been a major shift to a working from home, sometimes referred to as “WFH.” Businesses of all sizes have closed the doors to their physical offices, encouraging workers to perform their duties at home. This jarring shift comes with implications for every business when it comes to IT assets.

Here’s how partnering with Sipi can help your company not only see through the challenges of today, but control costs and recover value when the working world returns to normal.

If you are purchasing equipment for office employees that are now WFH

Many companies have experienced the sudden need to equip employees to work remotely — especially those who normally work in the office — and have already purchased new equipment. This includes data-bearing devices such as laptops with integrated SSD storage. Of course, the immediate costs for this are significant, but have you considered what happens when restrictions ease and employees return to the office?

In this scenario, your IT department will experience a massive influx of IT assets. All these assets must be accounted for. Furthermore, they may no longer be needed post-quarantine; they could provide a higher value if recovered right away as opposed to sitting in storage, losing value over time. Engaging in a comprehensive inventory-as-a-service program can help to alleviate the staff and hours required to log these assets, and help your company quickly choose the proper course of action. If your organization no longer needs the assets, Sipi can help uncover the best value through our extensive, unique remarketing program.

Putting these services in place ahead of time will reduce costs and increase recovered value from this new equipment in the long term — not to mention ensuring that the influx of new equipment is fully trackable.

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If you are renting or leasing IT assets for WFH

Some organizations have chosen to rent or lease the necessary equipment to allow employees to work from home during the pandemic. Leasing equipment comes with advantages and disadvantages. It can be an optimal choice to stretch IT budgets in the short term. But it also creates a problem with data security.

Depending on the agreement with the leasing company, it may be within the organization’s responsibilities to ensure that data is securely wiped from these devices before they are returned at the end of the lease. Simply formatting the drive isn’t enough to achieve compliant, secure erasure. In other situations, this may be handled by an outside provider, but it calls into question their practices and whether your company can truly be assured that your data has been securely wiped. Are they using a quicker, cheaper solution just to “get the job done,” risking exposure?

Working with a certified ITAD partner gives you and your company the peace of mind that comes with being held to regulatory and industry-wide certification standards for data sanitization on these devices once they leave —  or, with on-site ITAD, before they leave — your premises.

If your workforce has outdated WFH equipment that needs refreshing

Other organizations have already embraced the work from home culture, with employees already equipped to work remotely. However, some workers who don’t usually work from home are discovering that in addition to the challenge of the mental shift, it’s putting a strain on those outdated laptops they once only used occasionally. Packing up a desktop PC not designed to operate outside of the corporate network isn’t always the best solution either.

In situations like this, an experienced ITAD partner like Sipi can help you quickly dispose of outdated equipment and achieve the maximum value return possible. In turn, these recovered funds can be utilized to equip employees with the new equipment they need — fast — to stay productive until quarantines are lifted.

Furthermore, Sipi’s Box Program brings asset recovery to remote employees. It’s a perfect solution for securely disposing of the old IT assets that are off-site. In this program, a kit is sent to the location specified. It contains a return shipping label, packing materials, and a full set of instructions. The remote worker can then call for pick-up; this makes asset recovery not only seamless and efficient but also reduces personal contact while social distancing orders are in place. Once the assets arrive to our facilities, they then become part of the larger ITAD program and are classified for remarketing, recycling, or secure disposal.

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When the restrictions are lifted and employees return to the office

With the pandemic raging across the globe, many of us are focused on the “here and now,” with rapidly shifting demands pulling us all in multiple directions. But looking to the future can help companies control the costs and impact of this crisis and pay dividends in the long term.

Engaging with a trusted, experienced ITAD provider now can help your company recover value from assets that need to be refreshed with a very quick turnaround for your mobile workforce. You’ll ensure that outdated devices are securely wiped and handled, plus that your company can recover the maximum amount of value to the bottom line. And your company will be prepared to focus on what matters most when offices re-open, as opposed to playing catch-up with the influx of work-from-home devices re-entering the network.

Contact Sipi to learn more about how a customized ITAD or INVaaS program can help your company through the difficult challenges of today.

Topics: The Asset Lifecycle, Risk Management, Data Security