How to Manage Work from Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak ?
The Coronavirus is still spreading throughout the world and has crossed 200,000 confirmed cases globally. It’s a situation that has never been experienced in the connected world in recent times.
Economy and the work policies are in flux because of the risks involved. Authorities are urging and advising companies to manage work from home.
How to Work From Home During the Coronavirus?
Companies and authorities are busy devising ways to deal with this unprecedented situation. If you are planning a new project or in the midst of the development process, then you need to take a few steps of caution.
- Effective Communication
Effective communication between the outsourcing team and the client is the key to manage the whole situation. HR managers can be the medium of solutions.
They can collect factual information on Coronavirus and create an instructional manual for the employees to follow if they are working from the office. Trust only credible source of information like a National Medical Authority and WHO.
- Flexible Work Schedule
A dedicated outsourcing team is a perfect partner during this unprecedented pandemic. This work system already allows flexible timings because of time difference.
Plus, technology is there to assist work with tools like video conferencing.
This also eliminates the possibility of transmission of the disease during commute and work hours. This is especially true for densely populated areas.
- Manage Leave Policy
Veteran HR expert Andrew Tan opines that ‘It shouldn’t matter to a result-driven company if the employee works from home or office. The advancements in technology have made it so easy to hold meetings, and day to day work normally from everywhere.’
No company would want a sick employee to show up to work in the absence of proper rest or leave when they are sick. This can have a negative effect on the collective morale of employees.
Fear mongering and gossip is already in full scale. Witnessing such a situation in office is not going to help matters for the team.
- Using Tech to Avoid Human Contact
The IT industry is most well-equipped to handle the task of working from home. There are multiple online platforms to realize this work structure.
Skype, Zoom, Slack and other such communication platforms that allow personal & group chats, file sharing, and video chats.
Tech removes most scenarios of a team meeting, but there can be exceptions. If and when the team has to meet, precautions are necessary.
The senior management has to show initiative to practice sanitary precautions like wearing masks if feeling sick, putting sanitizers at places in the office and share daily information on updates on Covid-19.
Coronavirus pandemic has created a global economic situation never seen before. Work scenarios are getting reworked to deal with this unforeseen situation. If you are working with a development team, then these social distancing protocols can help you manage your work.