On January 30, the World Health Organization labeled coronavirus (COVID-19) “a public health emergency of international concern”. As of March 6, the coronavirus count has surpassed 100,000 confirmed cases, worldwide, raising fresh questions about how companies and individuals plan to adapt to growing public health concerns around travel and working in close contact.
As these global coronavirus fears intensify, businesses are seeking solutions to manage their increasingly remote workforce. In response to the rapid spread of coronavirus and subsequent public health concerns, some companies have canceled events, suspended non-essential travel, and many are asking their employees to work from home.
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Linkedin, and Twitter are among the companies asking employees to work from home, if possible, during the outbreak. While working remotely is obviously not a possibility for all industries and professions, it can be a smart solution for those able to work in flexible, digital environments.
Tips for working remotely as a coronavirus precaution
Teams are working remotely during this time as part of the precautionary measures that many hope will curb the impact of coronavirus. Although remote work flexibility has been a sought-after career perk in recent years, teams still need the right tools and resources in place to ensure they can adapt to new challenges around collaboration, accessibility, and logistics.
If you or your team will be working remotely in the coming weeks, here are some tips for working remotely that can help ensure productivity, efficiency, and minimal work disruption.
- Eliminate the need for meetings by creating a digital hub accessible to all team members
At a time when face-to-face meetings are unrealistic or even impossible for some teams, a software solution that houses documents and tasks in one centralized, digital location can make working remotely more productive.
- Build-in new routines that involve checking in via video conference and team chat software
Your weekly status meeting or 1:1s can be conducted as efficiently via a video conferencing tool like Zoom. Collaborative work can also be hammered out through applications like Slack.
- If employees require a VPN to access the company’s private networks remotely, make sure to set that up sooner rather than later.
Your teams may need to access your company’s private networks from home. Speak to an administrator about setting up a secure VPN, so no one misses out on important tasks while working remotely.
- Make sure you have access to a strong internet connection
A spotty or unreliable internet connection can be a significant challenge for remote workers. Ensure your internet connection is solid and there is a contingency plan, if not.
- Take regular breaks in the same way you would in the office
When working from home, it can be tempting to work through lunch or through coffee breaks. Take the time to eat away from your computer, stretch, or regroup as needed. A recent survey found that taking regular breaks can lead to increased productivity and improved well-being.
- Take advantage of webinars and virtual events
If your job requires you to attend conferences, keep an eye out for opportunities in the virtual space. These can include webinars and other virtual events.
- Make use of collaborative software and cloud-based apps
Working from home has become more efficient thanks to cloud-based tools that allow for collaboration and remote access to documents and assets. Make the most of these tools as your teams navigate changes to their work schedule and environment.
Choosing the right work software solution for teams while working remotely
One of the challenges of managing and working within a remote team involves choosing the right software solution to increase collaboration and productivity.
Collaborative tools like Wrike are a practical solution for teams who are:
- Encouraging some or all of their workforce to work remotely during the coronavirus outbreak
- Looking for ways to create a comprehensive and easy-to-use digital hub for their remote teams
- In search of customizable end-to-end work management tools for their busy teams
Working remotely? Try a free two-week trial of Wrike
Companies asking employees to work from home can ensure their teams are equipped with the tools and resources needed to collaborate effectively and productively.
Wrike is a flexible and intuitive cloud-based work management solution that teams can rely on no matter where or when they’re working. Features like sharable and customizable team dashboards, real-time status updates, and 400+ app integrations empower teams to do their best work — even while working remotely.
Wrike teams have reported 90% fewer emails and a reduction in meetings by as much as 30 hours per week. This means that Wrike is a proven solution that successfully creates collaborative digital spaces for busy teams.
Globally, teams have turned to remote working as public health concerns remain top of mind for many. If you’re looking for ways to make this transition as smooth as possible, Wrike offers the work management tools to do that and more. Try a free trial and learn how teams can work powerfully from anywhere.