Coronavirus and remote working
Recently, doctors and medical professionals warned that the London Underground could become a “hotbed” for coronavirus disease, official name COVID-19. The UK Chief Medical Officers have also raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. As fear and uncertainty lingers, more organisations are starting to consider the effect on their working practices.
Remote working is a way to reduce the risk of daily commuters falling ill with coronavirus and is already being adopted as a solution in business hubs, such as Silicon Valley. The merits of remote working are well understood, but the seriousness of COVID-19 means it could be a key tool for businesses to ensure employee safety.
William MacDonald, Chief Strategy Officer at StarLeaf says: “Many organisations already have the systems and processes in place to support remote working. But as the seriousness of the health crisis rises, remote working is something that every company is going to have to consider now, even if they’ve previously haven’t.
“Organisations will firstly need to establish their remote working policy, outlining what is expected when working outside the office. Depending on your culture, it might go into detail about all aspects of remote work, including expectations of working hours, legal rights, and privacy/security requirements.”
“To ensure employees can carry out their jobs to the best of their abilities, the right collaboration tools need to be in place. Emails and voice calls are no longer the best way to communicate and can easily eat into an employee’s working time, damaging an organisation’s productivity. It is critical for organisations to have an effective video conferencing solution in place, for instant collaboration and content sharing.”
Unfortunately, the situation surrounding coronavirus remains critical and doesn’t show signs of easing. Organisations which have traditionally not offered remote working are going to have to rethink their approach, to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum. They will need the right policies and processes, underpinned by the right technology.