How to Work Effectively from Home
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled coronavirus as a pandemic. As of March 20, 2020, there are over 730,000 cases of coronavirus around the world. The spread has taken root across the country, and as a result, alarm bells have been raised throughout the medical professional and across businesses everywhere. For those who need to continue operations despite being “non-essential” businesses, it’s critical to work remotely during this difficult time.
If You Haven’t Invested in Long-Term Resilience in the Form of a Business Continuity Strategy, There’s Still Time…
Businesses around the world are exercising their business continuity strategies to keep their business functioning, despite social distancing and shelter-in-place requirements. In general, a business continuity strategy is a form of investing in long-term resilience against natural disasters, human errors, and of course, pandemics that leave us with no choice but to embrace remote work. There’s still time to transition your workforce, even if you don’t have a plan in place. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Remote access solutions that enable secure anytime, anywhere access to applications and data from home.
- Communication solutions such as VoIP business phones, collaboration tools, and other equipment to keep.
- Cybersecurity solutions for home computers, including anti-virus software, spam filtering, multi-factor authentication, and more.
- Emergency procedures that outline how to recover equipment, emergency contact information for employees, and more.
- Virtual private network (VPN) technology to give your employees a secure, encrypted tunnel to connect to the network.
This Isn’t Your Typical Business Interruption – Pandemics Can Unfold Over the Course of a Few Months.
Keep in mind, a pandemic isn’t your typical business interruption as COVID-19 can unfold over the course of a few months. This means your efforts should resolve issues in the short-term while also helping you emerge from the situation stronger and more resilient than ever before. Rather than waiting out the storm, take this as an opportunity to revive your digital transformation efforts. Why? Because embracing digital transformation not only helps with business continuity, but also positions you for growth as time goes on.
Here’s two key digital transformation efforts that will help you now and well into the future once the pandemic subsides:
- Automate any manual processes and procedures: Once you’ve transitioned to a remote workforce, take some time to look at manual processes that can be automated, such as purchase orders, signing off on physical documents, timesheets, and more. This will minimize the need for human interaction while improving customer service.
- Implement redundancy into your internet connection: If your employees all have strong, fast internet connections at home, that’s great. But now is the time to consider safeguarding your internet connectivity now and into the future – ensuring backup lines, redundancy, and alternative connectivity protocols are in place to ensure a connection is available at all times.
A Business Continuity Strategy Will Help You Now And Well Into the Future…
Realistically, this isn’t the first and only time businesses need a business continuity strategy. A business continuity strategy will ensure that next time something happens, you’re prepared and able to:
- Minimize the impact on your staff
- Reduce the impact on service delivery to your customers
- Protect your corporate reputation
- Return to normality sooner rather than later
Contact SureTec for Help Setting Up Your Business Continuity Strategy Right Away…
SureTec is more than familiar with creating proven contingency plans for situations like this. You don’t have to handle this difficult situation alone. We can help you get prepared and make sure your employees are accessing corporate information in a safe and secure manner. Our business continuity experts have already helped many of our clients transition to a reliable remote work environment. Let’s do the same for you.
Call (503) 389-8015 to Talk with One of Our Business Continuity Experts Now.