2020 has already proven itself to be a tough year, particularly here “Down Under” in Sydney, Australia. We’ve dealt with widespread and devastating bushfires, floods, and now the global pandemic of the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus. Not just businesses, but entire nations are being shut down to contain the virus and minimise the death toll.
Many organisations may be forced to lay off employees to survive, or shut down entirely, which will hurt both the business and the employees. There’s a way for your organisation to continue operating amidst this crisis, and keep people employed, which is good for everyone involved.
Fortunately, there is a way to do that for many industries. Remote work has been a growing trend worldwide, and has now become a necessity. Social distancing recommendations given to us by our governments and the World Health Organisation disallow communal gatherings in the name of safety : in-person workspaces may be next. The answer, then, is to work from home. Facilitating a remote workforce gives more flexibility to both the business and the employee, and it keeps both safe in this time of crisis. Many companies may not have the infrastructure built up for this yet, but we’ve been helping organisations improve their technology for over 35 years; and is something we can help you with.
Modern IT Best Practices
Modern IT Best Practices make a huge difference in how a company will respond to this crisis. We’ve noticed that the organisations that follow seven specific practices are adapting to the current climate much more smoothly than others. The 7 modern IT practices are:
- C-Level executives directly engage multiple times a year with their business-savvy IT provider to ensure their IT systems properly deliver their business requirements.
- They no longer have onsite IT departments who are not geared for providing uninterrupted remote support.
- They have provided secure systems for their staff to perform all their major functions from anywhere
- They have already carefully migrated a large part of their systems to securely configured cloud based systems.
- They have migrated to cloud-based communication systems.
- Their IT Support team are already experienced in the (more complex) back-end world of the cloud.
- They have invested in regularly training their staff to properly use their technologies and measuring these productivity gains.
If you examine your organisation, how many of those seven things do you do or have done?
We can help you get these policies in place, and adapt to the current reality. Swift action might be the thing that minimises the damage to, or outright saves, your business in this trying time.