Home working through the Coronavirus pandemic

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September 25, 2019

Working from home through the Coronavirus outbreak

The Coronavirus outbreak could change the way you and your teams work, how can you continue to manage your business during this outbreak?

UK businesses are preparing for immediate action and contingency planning in the event of a widespread UK outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

As the current outbreak approaches a global pandemic, companies will be faced with some difficult choices on how to best protect the wellbeing of their staff and to continue the smooth running of their business.

For many companies, preparation means putting a structure in place to enable people to continue working, when they can’t come to the office for a period of time.

Ensure you get your staff set up from home quickly and efficiently, with everything they need to kit out a home office…

  • Stationery – paper, books and pads, pens, stapler and desk accessories
  • Furniture – desks, chairs and storage
  • Technology – shredder, phone, printer, screen, webcam, speakers and mobile storage
  • Accessories – laptop case, laptop and monitor riser, surge protectors, keyboard and mice

What else should you be thinking of?

Health and Hygiene

Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water, for 20 seconds.  When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or use a tissue and then throw tissues immediately after use.  Avoid close contact with others and seek medical care early if you have fever, cough and have difficulty breathing.

Network Security

Staff will be forced to use personal devices and home networks for work tasks, which may not have strong antivirus software, firewalls and automatic backups.  Ensure you provide your staff with the correct safety measures and tools to manage their IT security.

Communication

Communication is the key to successful remote working, for your team and across the business.  According to one study, 38% of remote workers reported lack of information as one of the biggest obstacles of working from home.  Look at using instant messaging through Slack or What’s App, or video calls through Skype or Google Hangouts.

Managing Workflow

One risk of moving to remote working is keeping track of productivity. Staff may find working at home distracting and find it difficult to concentrate, while others could risk burnout due to the lack of structure and boundaries.  Try looking at the best ways of how projects are tracked and completed to deadlines.

Keep control of your expenditure

Ensure staff are using the correct ordering channel, helping you minimise them using suppliers that aren’t approved and escalating expenses.  It’s likely that online ordering will be essential, so ensure you have a process in place and this is communicated.

It’s not time to panic, but time to prepare.

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