Coronavirus and working from home
With more people becoming infected with the coronavirus in the UK and its prevalence increasing, it’s probably a good idea to think about some contingency plans to keep your employees and yourself healthy and your business functional if it becomes more widespread.
While the overwhelming majority of people will recover, it is recommended to self-isolate if you have a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus, to prevent the spreading of the virus to the most vulnerable. Working remotely from home, if they are fit to do so, is a way to keep your employees away from exposure, spreading of the illness and keeping your company going.
What are Coronavirus’ Symptoms?
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
It lacks the runny nose, sneezing, and headache common to cold and flu. Also, cold and flu affect the upper respiratory system while coronavirus affects the lower respiratory system.
For the most up to date information, see NHS England’s advice.
This blog does not provide medical advice and it is intended for informational purposes only.
What do you need to work from home?
If, an as employer, you receive a call from an employee with a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus (assuming they have contacted medical professionals) check they are well enough to work.
If so, it is worth sending them the remote working policy including a list of authorised apps to use from their work or personal device. Check in regularly, not just on their work progress, but their general wellbeing.
While not all roles are able to be undertaken and carried out from home, a lot are, and the technology is there to implement it.
In order to work from home, on the hardware side, employees will need a PC or laptop that is capable of managing their work load and an internet connection. It may also be helpful to have a phone connection and a dedicated work area, if space allows.
For software, they will need the packages that are vital for their role – and potentially a connection to your company’s server if they have one, which may require additional licences.
If you do not already have these readily available, it will mean you’ll need to purchase additional hardware and software.
Do you have the right IT infrastructure to enable mass remote working? If not, First Stop IT may be able to help. Give us a call to discuss your needs and how we might help minimise coronavirus disruption.