Whether you’ve been a nervous nelly from the get-go or are now just realising that coronavirus (COVID-19) is going to impact each and every one of our lives in some capacity, it’s imperative at this point that we prepare ourselves for a range of socio-economic effects.
- Hospitality and travel (89%)
- Education (87%)
- Media and entertainment (80%)
No-one can guess the full extent of the economic impact as a result of this virus but the show must go on. There are many businesses that have and can empower their employees to continue as normal from the comfort of their own homes should the prospect of mass self-isolation become a reality Even beyond this current crisis, organisations that are set up to provide flexible working arrangements have a much better chance of withstanding unexpected disasters from basic power outages to bushfire emergencies and any further global pandemics.
Managers who once lived or died by how many bums they could see on seats in the office are learning to oversee remote workers and manage the digital tools that manage their time. Suddenly, names like Teams and Webex are tripping off the tongues of executives who, three months ago, came out in a rash when someone mentioned 'digitisation'.
For an organisation to manage this, at a minimum, all employees should have access to the files and folders they need to work with, saved within an online cloud platform, and with the opportunity to conduct meetings from the safety and comfort of their own homes.. While it won’t work for every type of business, focusing effort on a digital workplace now, rather than physical operations, will enable many different types of companies to ensure they can continue business as normal and eliminate the risk of uncontrollable employee downtime. If you would like read about our recommendation on how to get started follow this link.