[BLOG] COVID-19 contingency plans require remote working. Is your business ready?

By Michelle Cope, Sales Director at Trustco Plc.

In light of the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, remote working for long periods has suddenly become an overnight requirement. Do your staff have the necessary tools in place to get their job done outside of the office?

The rapid spread of the Coronavirus has already delivered a blow to the business sector, triggering the biggest plunge in global stock markets since the financial crisis.

Google this week led the tech charge to work from home when the company ordered its 8,000 staff to stay away from its European headquarters in Dublin.

Speaking with my customers, many agree that the time is now to activate a business continuity plan for remote home workers. I am concerned that many companies are not prepared for employee self-isolation and large-scale remote working, especially with the presence of unsecured IoT devices in houses, raising further security concerns.

The good news is there are small steps you can take now to help stay operational if the outbreak worsens.

Technology has evolved so much in recent years that working remotely doesn’t necessarily have to impact your day to day business. However, the widely reported Intel processor shortages have caused delays in shipping laptops, and the factory shutdowns across the globe are delaying replenishing these stocks, so it is worthwhile ordering now as lead times are longer than usual.

Trustco has full access across multiple warehouses for stock and can advise you on what technology is available across all the vendors, to meet your needs. We can also help health check your systems by observing processes and metadata (only) to ensure your estate is in the best of health to support this changing workload.

Trustco can help you take steps to make the experience of remote working as productive for both employees and your organisation as possible. Please contact us on sales@trustco.co.uk 0344 880 1999 or visit trustco.co.uk.

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