As the number of UK coronavirus (or Covid-19) cases continues to rise, and amid warnings from Public Health England (PHE) that the widespread transmission of the virus is now “highly likely”, Boris Johnson has chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee.
One of the steps that is expected to be recommended as part of the government’s battleplan should the spread of the virus worsen, is for UK workers to stay at home wherever possible. Already oil giant Chevron, Crossrail and media firm OMD have told their workers to stay away from the office and work remotely, whilst Twitter have announced that they are strongly encouraging their 5,000 employees around the world not to come into work.
The global spread of Covid-19 may mark a watershed moment that reveals just how well-prepared businesses of all sizes are for unexpected workplace changes. Travelling for meetings, or even just commuting to the office may be greatly decreased. As has already been seen across China and closer to home in northern Italy, entire towns and cities are now under quarantine.
However, just because your office may be closed it doesn’t mean that your business must grind to a halt too. At Meetupcall, we have over 10-years’ experience in the field of remote working. Indeed, as a conference call provider, remote working is what we do. We understand that the biggest hurdle to effective remote working is keeping in touch with people – both your employees and colleagues, as well as your customers and clients.
In this guide, we’ve used our expertise from working with thousands of customers who regularly work remotely, to give you five simple steps to follow should your employees have to stay away from the office and work remotely.