Remote Work Essentials Checklist

Before leaving the office

  • Essential Technology Hardware
    •   Laptop with power cord
    •   Mobile phone
    •   USB or external hard drives, as needed
    •   Copy all necessary files to a cloud location (Box, Google Drive) so they can be accessed remotely.
    •   Forward office phone to home phone or cell phone
  • Optional Hardware
    •   Tablet/iPad
    •   Headphones/headset
    •   Printer/scanner/copier
    •   Surge protector with power strip
    •   Mouse
    •   3 prong to 2 prong outlet adapter
    •   External monitor
  • Software- ensure you have access to:
  • Work Items
    •   Reference materials or checklists
    •   Paper working files, as needed
    •   Emergency operations procedures, as needed
    •   Post-it notes
    •   Pens/pencils
    •   Notebooks with current information
    •   Headphones, webcam, and microphone for video conferencing; most laptops have an internal webcam and microphone
  • Other
    •   Print a staff phone list
    •   Take plants home


Here are some best practices when working from home

  • If your Duo Security notification is set to go to your office phone, choose one of the other notification methods to assure appropriate authentication.
  • If you use instant messaging, for example Google Chat, change your status to indicate your best contact information, such as a phone number or location
  • Keep current work hours while at home; make sure your supervisor and team members know your work hours.

Need Help?

For assistance with any technology product or service at Case Western Reserve University, contact the University Technology Service Desk at, 216.368.HELP (4357) or visit