Your newest hire is starting. Of course, you want them to come into a well-oiled machine and have everything prepared for them ahead of time. Upon starting all of the preparation, you realize that there are a lot of things you need to know in order to successfully onboard them — most of them are honestly non-technical, like.

A few things to consider:

Who owns the iPad?

What happens if they lose it?

Does your company have a plan to report stolen user data?

Are there password complexity requirements for your employee?

Can the employee install apps like Facebook (or use their own iCloud account)?

MDM can really help to tackle some of these problems, but it takes time to configure and configure correctly. Ideally, you’ll have MDM in place even before you buy the iPad so that the iPad can be shipped directly to wherever the employee resides.

Here’s what you need to know about multi-device management:

Distribute content

  • Think about what core apps your new employee will need in order to do their job well. Apps can be also be distributed remotely, using Apple Business Manager and your MDM. Don’t over complicate it, ABM and MDM are your friends.

Configure settings

  • Make sure network restrictions allow connections from both the employees home or a public Wi-Fi network. If you want to specify where they can connect or not connect, make sure that you communicate that information to them directly.
  • Configure all Mail, Calendar, and Contacts for your organization. Plus, apple devices work well with services such as Microsoft Exchange and Google Suite.

Adjust Security Policies

  • Security is always a must. Secure your devices with built-in security tools and MDM. Also, put a passcode policy in place for Data Protection on the iPad devices. 
  • Consider using MDM to configure necessary restrictions, like use of cameras, and usage of apps. 

Add Necessary Collaborative Tools 

  • Apps such asCisco Webex and Zoom Cloud Meetings allow employees to hold virtual meetings and share their screen. While Group FaceTime lets employees make audio and video calls with up to 32 people. 
  • Consider adding slack for further collaboration through real-time messaging or Microsoft Teams to share information.
  • Lastly, don’t forget Pages, Keynote, and Numbers (if applicable), or the Microsoft 365 apps. Another good option is Google Docs and Google Drive. Depending on what is standard for your company, decide which one would work best to fit the companies needs.

For more tips to get your new hire ready for the job or if you find yourself stuck, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Luke Kumanchik

Entrepreneur, programmer, backyard farmer & Dungeon Master Extraordinaire.