The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of people to work from home in an effort to flatten the curve. Few events in the past have led to people to be encouraged to work from home, such as 9/11, the blackout of 2003 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
In order to prepare for the inevitable next major event, companies need to have a plan in place to be better prepared for these circumstances, beginning with implementing remote access.
Many systems used for remote working are not built to have millions of people using their programming. For instance, Microsoft Teams went down in Europe on March 16, which is why it is vital for companies to have a proper plan to navigate technical issues that are bound to arise when working remotely.
One way for organizations to prepare for disruptions is to go ahead and move workloads to the cloud. Using cloud software can allow workers to continue working and backs up any potential ongoing projects.
Keep all teams in the loop of what needs to be done during an emergency, including technology, management, legal and HR so response plans run smoothly.
Adopt a text-based notification system so it is easy to effectively communicate with the entire organization at once.