As concerns over coronavirus ramp up, companies must be ready to adopt flexible and remote working.
“Disruption to everyday life may be severe,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “Schools could be closed, mass public gatherings suspended, and businesses forced to have employees work remotely.”
Beyond this, how can companies use this forced shift to flexibility to reimagine the workplace on a broader scale?
First, companies should plan for flexibility as if it is the only way to continue operating. Create a cross-functional team that includes IT, HR, communications facilities and business-line leaders and plan for various scenarios that could impact the company.
Additionally, reevaluate whether certain jobs can actually be done remotely or not. For example, while administrative assistants sometimes need to be physically present to get work done, many of their everyday tasks can be done outside of traditional offices.
Incorporating the proper technology, such as video conferencing and collaboration tools, can make the transition to flexible working seamless. Equally important is making sure workers have mastered such technology to ensure efficiency.
Overall, preparing for potential emergencies like coronavirus keeps your employees safe and if nothing happens, you have a shot at having an organized flexible work plan in place.