With the Corona virus now firmly established in the UK, and been given the definitely less cosy sounding name of COVID-19, much has (rightly) been made of the need to delay the virus, namely by practising good hand hygiene. Disruption to businesses and the economy is now almost certain, and if this had been in any doubt, announcements made in the recent Budget further cemented this prediction. Yet despite the inevitable disruption, making sure that your business is prepared as it can be for virtual working will help to minimise any potential fallout. So just what can you do to prepare?

Research

If your business isn’t already set up to work virtually, now is the time to investigate different options out there. Web based communications such as Google Hangouts, Zoom and Skype are allgreat ways to have a team meeting or conference, with options such as video calling, screen sharing and more. If you time it right, you can do it all on a free plan.

Communicate

Think about how you would like your employees to behave if they are working from home and create guidelines. List the times you expect them to be online, timings they can take their lunch and expectations for when they are taking or making client calls (suitably dressed, dogs and children out of earshot! That saying, as an employer, accept that working from home is less predictable than working in an office; dogs may bark, children are likely to interrupt, and delivery men like to ring doorbells.

Think Brexit

We know! We thought Brexit was on a break too, at least until the end of the year! Joking aside, over the three years leading up to Brexit, much was written (including by us) on how to prepare for Brexit and minimise any disruption to your business. If you updated your business’s disaster planning as a result, have a read back through and see what can be taken away for COVID-19.

If you have any tips on working virtually, or any resources that you’d like to share, please drop us a comment in the box below.