According to the World Health Organization, the coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan City, China is still mostly affecting people in that country with outbreaks in others, including 33 confirmed cases in Canada as of March 3 (10 a.m. CST).
While we don’t yet know a lot about how the coronavirus spreads, it’s a good idea for all organizations to have a standing plan in place to minimize business workflow should it ever become necessary for employees to work from home – for everyone’s health and safety.
The first step is to create an emergency remote-work plan in advance of needing it.
In the plan:
Here are some IT questions to ask yourself to ensure your employees have the right hardware, software, and communication equipment to work from home:
1. How will your employees access their work remotely?
2. Do you have the right communication equipment?
3. How will meetings take place?
This kind of plan might seem like a low priority on your list, especially since Canada’s coronavirus cases are in the low double digits; however, keep in mind that a crisis plan is for “the worst-case scenario,” and may never be required. Like an “in case of emergency, break glass” case, it’s there if you need it.
As your IT professionals, we are here to ensure that your organization and staff have the right technical hardware, software and protocols to allow your staff to work from home seamlessly. For more information, contact Steffyann Bisnauth, Business Development Coordinator.
For the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak, symptoms, travel advice and prevention, visit the Government of Canada’s Outbreak Update page.