The adoption of remote work has been steadily ramping up as employees discover the benefits of working from home (WFH), with some of them now seeing this as a must-have criterion when choosing where to work. Just a few of the perks include not having to commute, a quiet space more attuned to tasks that require intense concentration, and the time flexibility to pick up kids from school or take them to the dentist. Businesses are happy to keep up with the trend because they have the freedom to choose new hires or contractors from a global talent pool, are delighted to keep their workers satisfied and are keen to save costs for power consumption, cleaning and parking spaces. Many are even cutting down on office space by implementing a hot-seat policy.

One study shows that by early 2023, about 30% of work days were being done from home, usually as part of a hybrid WFH policy. 1

As companies define and refine better remote work policies, this trend is expected to grow steadily in popularity.

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But working from home opens up a whole new can of worms, with challenges that can stump even seasoned IT teams. Providing employees with the technology they need and making sure it works properly from remote locations can be daunting. It also brings with it added cybersecurity risks since home networks are typically less secure than office environments.

IT departments are not generally geared up to impose security measures on personal devices.  For this reason, many set up and send out a company computer to remote employees, with the understanding that all company work will be done on this company device—to help isolate and manage the security issues. 

If you’re wondering how to:

This blog is for you. 

Your Comprehensive Device Shipping Checklist

There are a lot of things to consider before you start shipping out equipment, especially because this involves safeguarding your organization’s assets and reputation while complying with data protection regulations.

Having a comprehensive checklist for shipping these devices can save you a lot of time and money. Following the checklist below can help you avoid glitches and snafus in advance. 

Step 1: Pre-Shipment Preparation – Decide How You Will Equip Your Remote Employees

You’ll need a clear equipment policy with guidelines on how to outfit your new hires—in terms of devices, hardware components, software installations and updates. This will let you optimize what you spend and how you spend it. What’s more, your employees will be happy to know in advance what they get as part of their WFH package. 

Step 2: Packaging and Shipping – How to Avoid Extra Expenses and Lost Productivity

Step 3: Post-Shipment Support – Proactive Planning Will Help Employees Get Up and Running Smoothly

Step 4: Returns –  Set Up a Secure Process to Minimize Risk and Maximize Device Lifecycle Management

Beyond these core steps, shipping devices to new employees is a never-ending cycle. The IT team will need to be prepared for managing a continuous flow of devices in order to support the hiring needs of the company and to be prepared for replacing laptops if they get damaged. 

Can You Avoid Shipping Devices? The Case for Venn

Following an effective device shipping checklist is vital if you want remote employees to receive their work equipment in optimal condition, ready for immediate use. But it also involves a lot of hassle and significant costs. The big headache stems from the need to coordinate multiple steps—from IT setup and security compliance through shipping and packaging logistics, to employee productivity and satisfaction—each crucial for a smooth and secure setup experience.

Why not forget about shipping devices altogether and take advantage of BYOD? Venn offers a simplified solution that allows new employees to work securely on personal devices, eliminating the need for separate corporate devices. This model reduces costs, simplifies logistics, and enhances security by isolating work data from personal use. 

Venn secures remote work on any unmanaged or BYOD computer with a radically simplified and less costly solution than shipping devices. Rather than turning IT into a non-stop logistics and shipping department, remote users use their own computer and can seamlessly switch between work and personal use. With Venn, work lives in a company-controlled Secure Enclave installed on the user’s computer, where business activity is isolated and protected from any personal use on the same computer.

With Venn, getting new employees set up to get started is much easier on IT teams and allows them to focus on more important tasks. 

Today’s IT teams are looking for solutions that satisfy three areas; and this is exactly where Venn comes into play.

Venn can simplify how you get new hires up and running while keeping your information safe and secure. Whether you leverage Venn to stop purchasing and shipping laptops for your employees or seek it as a VDI replacement, it ensures data protection, minimized IT involvement, and cost reduction. 

Interested in calculating how much it costs to ship laptops compared to Venn? Check out our ROI calculator and set up time with us to help you learn how much you can save.

1 Bloom, N., Han, R., & Liang, J. (2022). How Hybrid Working from Home Works Out (NBER Working Paper No. 30292). National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved from
Ronnie Shvueli

Ronnie Shvueli

Digital Content Marketing Manager

Responsible for steering Venn's digital narrative to new heights. I'm dedicated to crafting compelling content strategies that drive engagement and elevate brand stories.