Coronovirus UK Government guidance for businesses is that they should have business continuity plans in place to cope with the current Coronovirus pandemic.
As usual official government policy is you are on your own. So how is your business planning to cope with a large proportion of the workforce being home based?
We have been actively working with our customers to ensure they have an effective Business Continuity Policy to cover the likely scenarios likely to be encountered by businesses as a consequence of the Coronovirus pandemic.
In the next few weeks it is likely that businesses will need to put in place their DR policy to enable the company to continue functioning when for one reason or another employees are not able to come into work. It is estimated that around 25% of the UK workforce will be affected.
The Current Coronovirus UK Government guidance.
The reasons this will happen are not restricted to infection or quarantine restrictions.
In the next few weeks anyone who is feeling even slightly unwell will be expected to self-quarantine.
Schools will start to close and childcare will become an issue.
It may be that as a precautionary measure you as a business decide to only have key members of staff on site and the majority of staff work from home to reduce the chances of infection by limiting face to face contact.
There are four main areas where you need to concentrate your planning to successfully implement your Business Continuity Plan.
- Communications: Telecoms services, Staff communications, email etc.
- Key Applications and access to documents.
- Training to work safely in the home environment without compromising your businesses security.
- Managing you supply chain.
We are able to assist you with all of these aspects and they can be put into place surprisingly quickly.
One of the best ways your a business has for preventing the spread of disease in the workplace is to have a comprehensive remote work strategy.
Your busines continuity plan should ensure all users can securely access the tools they need to work remotely.
This will include access to business systems including HR, payroll, ERP and CRM; communications and collaboration tools; as well as email and business critical files.
Put in place training, including computer security training now to prepare your work force to operate safely from home.