Smart tips to keep your Business running as usual during a Global Crisis
COVID-19 has turned over our day-to-day life upside-down, and from the looks of it, it will cause more drastic disruptions on a larger scale, on more than just people’s health. From cancelled meetings to severed supply chains, not even global businesses and economies are safe from it.
Over the past few weeks, the whole world has been reeling from the threat of the pandemic. Businesses, both small and large, are still to reach an acceptance of the consequences the global crisis at hand; and how this will come to affect their workforce, market and in some cases, continuity of operations.
Most companies around the world are still coming to terms on how to continue their activities for generating leads and closing sales opportunities. Bad decisions and policies could mean the difference between life and death of the business. We thought of making a list of the right technology solutions which can help you sail your business safely through these rough waters.
Make use of Technology and accept positive change
The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is such that travel and social interactions should be minimized to reduce the risk of spreading the disease to more and more hosts. And so, policymakers should be open to getting work done on flexible timings, setting-up the groundwork needed to practice "social distancing" for their employees at their homes.
The key solution lies in adopting technology and looking beyond age-old strategies, while incorporating methods, infrastructure and policies to compliment them. Countless smartphone applications, data analytics and artificial intelligence have allowed for more efficient ways to communicate and run everyday business functions with relative ease and better security.
Here are a few useful applications that would let you make use of the most of the quarantine.
- Communication/Collaboration Tools:
Most businesses have found, if not previously, that collaboration can be done effectively via video chat and a steady interent access. Such meetings and communication is as fruitful as the one-to-one meetings and presentations. Tools such as Slack, Zoom, Google Duo and even WhatsApp can be used to relay business communication effectively.
- Remote Acess/File Sharing Tools
Cloud services, remote desktops and servers have never been more of a necessity than in the case of the current crisis. Such services have always been usefull for business across industries and are more so now. Cloud services and tools like AWS, Azure can be integrated to existing systems quite easily.
- Worker Management Tools
Keeping track of your employees when they're working from home can be a hassle. You can find tools such as TimeDoctor and SecureTime to monitor your employees work patterns and to log them in day in and out. On a relatively side note, A Gartner study shows that the most important factor for sucess for remote-working is whether you trust employees to do their work even if you can’t see them. Read More...
The COVID-19 crisis is not going to last forever. And like any crisis, there are going to be newer ways that emerge of doing the things we knew. In Larry Dignan'sHow coronavirus COVID-19 is accelerating the future of work he writes "the coronavirus scare may just accelerate changes in work already in play."
Most knowledge workers can any way get their works done remotely. Cloud services can help store and load important data online. However, there are some servers due to privacy and licensing concerns only run on the on premise desktops. You can use TeamViewer or Remote Connect into your on premise desktops during this time. Collaboration can be reliably replicated on video chats.
"Simply put, the coronavirus scare may just show us a better way to work. How enterprises navigate the coronavirus and changes to work will be telling. One thing is certain: The coronavirus is likely to mean the definition of business, as usual, will change."
As for now, don't forget to wash your hands. And stay indoors!
IIM Alumni, Senior Growth Hacker and Digital Marketing Specialist