By now everyone has heard about the Coronavirus that started in China. It is rapidly spreading around the world. Governments in an effort to slow the spread of the virus have instituted travel bans and whole cities in China are in quarantine. Businesses in the US are just starting to feel the consequences of having the Chinese parts of their supply chain disrupted by government commerce shutdowns. So far, the direct impact of Coronavirus infection in the US has been minimal, but the supply side disruptions and potential for the spread of the virus in the US are real.
What can a business do now to be prepared to continue operations when the Coronavirus finally strikes the US mainland? The simple answer is to setup and/or expand the ability for people to work from home. It takes time and preparation to enable people to work remotely, especially for an extended period of time.
Here are some of the things that need to be considered for staff members working remotely:
At Beringer Technology we have a number of staff members that work remotely away from the primary business location. We’ve worked through the issues above to seamlessly integrate remote workers onto the Beringer team. Clients and vendors have no idea where the staff members are located. Our ability to support remote workers came from careful planning, and learning from the experience of supporting remote workers.
There is no one right way to setup and support remote staff members as the solution for a business will be based on their business processes, phone systems, IT infrastructure, security requirements and the mix of cloud and premise based systems.
Contact Beringer Technology today at (856) 325-2800 so we can help you prepare for the Coronavirus.
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