For UWM faculty and staff members, this webpage highlights useful resources for telecommuting and remote work. You are encouraged to communicate with your units (schools, colleges, divisions, departments) about any unit-specific “best practices” or guidelines.

Which Computer to use while Working Remotely

What device should you use at home? When feasible, we recommend the first option (using a UWM-issued laptop) because it is the most secure for you and for UWM. Since this alternative may not be feasible for every prospective telecommuter, please review the other options to determine which best fits your particular needs and circumstances:

Using a UWM-issued laptop at home

If you have a UWM-issued laptop you can take home, that would be the best option for working remotely and accessing UWM resources. You may need to connect to UWM’s GlobalProtect VPN to access some resources such as network stored files.

Remote Desktop

You may be able to use a computer at home to connect remotely to your UWM computer that is physically located on-campus. “Remote Desktop” allows you, from home, to access your files and software just like when you are on campus. [From usability and capability standpoints, this option is preferable to simply using your personal computer at home.] You will need to stay connected to UWM’s GlobalProtect VPN to use Remote Desktop.

Using a personal computer at home

If you lack access to a UWM-issued laptop you can take home, you can use a personal computer to perform many work-related tasks. Tasks you can perform include:

    • Using Office 365 email, calendar, and other apps.
    • Viewing and editing documents that are stored on OneDrive, SharePoint,Teams or UWM file servers.
    • You can install Microsoft Office on your personal computer at no cost using these instructions: or by viewing this video: How to Install Office 365
    • You can install Adobe Creative Cloud apps using your UWM license and credentials using these instructions:
    • There is now special access to MATLAB and Simulink for personal computers; install using these instructions:
    • You may need to connect to UWM’s GlobalProtect VPN to access some resources such as network stored files. Please note: only connect to the VPN if you need to access these resources and disconnect the VPN when you are done accessing them.

Please note: UWM files should not be stored on personal computing devices.

Preparing to Work Remotely

You can use these steps to make sure you are prepared to work from home.

Preparing your UWM ePanther account
  • If your password will expire before you return to campus, consider changing your password in advance. You can check the time until your next password expiration here. If you do change your password, be sure to sign into any computers you might take off-campus using your new password before you leave.
  • If you have a hardware token for Duo multi-factor authentication, bring your token with you to make sure you can sign in.
Preparing your UWM computers
  • Be sure the GlobalProtect VPN is installed on any computer you might use from off-campus. Connecting to the VPN is required to use Remote Desktop or to access UWM file servers from off-campus.
  • If you plan to use Remote Desktop to access a UWM computer that is located on-campus, you can take these steps to prepare:
    • Find and record the computer name of the computer that is on-campus. See instructions for Windows PCs and Macs. You will need this information to connect.
    • Leave the computer that is on-campus powered on. If the computer is shut down, you will not be able to remotely connect. Contact the UWM Help Desk if your on-campus computer is not powered up; do not go to campus to turn on the computer.
  • Remember to bring power adapters and any other accessories you might need with you.
Preparing your files

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams offers so many features, including instant messaging, videoconferencing, conference calling, and file sharing. These tools allow you to collaborate with colleagues from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Teams Resources

Forwarding a Phone

To forward your campus phone number, please follow the below instructions:

Phone Forwarding
  • Lift handset
  • Hear the dial tone, dial 121
  • Hear second dial tone
  • Dial 8 plus the full 10-digit phone number to which calls will be forwarded (Ex: 8 414-XXX-XXXX).
  • Hear the confirmation tone followed by ringing or busy.
  • If there is no answer or busy, hang up.
  • Your calls will now be forwarded.

Best Practices

To help work remotely in a secure manner, please keep these best practices in mind:

Best Practices
  • Please review the Ergonomics for Telecommuters Guide; this includes tips on setting up your work area and best practices to keep your mind and body healthy.
  • Password and account credential sharing is strictly prohibited, including sharing with other members of your household. All passwords and login information for devices and system logins are required to be kept private.  
  • Lock device screens when not in use and keep devices secure from theft by not leaving them unattended in public areas.  
  • Be aware of phishing emails. Many online threats come from phishing or online scams, urging you to click a button or follow a link and reveal sensitive information. Always double check who the request is from and look for indicators such as spelling errors and language of extreme urgency. 
  • Report any loss of device, suspected compromised account or other suspicious activity to UWM’s Information Security Office.

Getting Help

If you need support to help you work from home, please do not hesitate to contact the UWM Help Desk!