A global pandemic on the horizon?
As of February 28, 2020 – every continent except for Antarctica has reported at least one confirmed case of the coronavirus outbreak. With over 85,000 people affected so far, businesses around the world are painting a bleak picture due to disruptions caused in their supply chain, manufacturing and even not being able to come to work in affected areas. Consumers are also scaling back on their purchases further hitting the bottom line of many corporations.
What decision-makers do in response to this crisis could determine how much economic damage the outbreak inflicts on their companies.
Work from home – a viable solution?
The recent fears of a global crisis have made working from home more acceptable to a lot of organizations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), concerned about the possible spread of the disease in U.S. communities, is urging Americans to ask their employers about contingency plans. In New York City, many startups and technology firms already have the infrastructure and solutions in place to have their employees work remotely. However, there are many businesses – small and large – that are not prepared. If public health officials suddenly mandate that New Yorkers need to stay at home due to a potential escalation, it is simply good business to have your workforce be ready to work from home.
Essential Infrastructure Your Employees Need to Work from Home Productively
- Powerful Workstations
You need to ensure that your employees have access to all the business software, tools, and applications along with the appropriate licenses and log-ins. Their workstations need to be robust enough to handle all the tasks they regularly do at the office.
- Corporate Phone Services
Many businesses do not allow their employees to use their personal phones for work purposes. As such, you need to ensure they are equipped with softphones, VoIP connectivity and access to their work extension to be able to communicate without any interruption.
- Internet Connectivity and Access to Company Network
Your employees’ work from home environment needs to be set up with strong internet connectivity and they should also have remote access to company directories and folders along with shared drives. This will ensure a smooth work experience without causing delays.
- Other tools and accessories
If your company uses communication tools like Microsoft Teams, password managers, CRMs, and other cloud-based software, you need to make sure all your employees working remotely can access them without any hurdles.
Is your company prepared to deal with the potential turmoil that the coronavirus outbreak can cause?
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