The coronavirus pandemic has been a stressful and uncertain time, especially for organizations that were required to close their doors to maintain social distancing. For most, remote work has become the new normal. But what’s next? It’s commonly said that organizations that survive events like this aren’t the strongest or the largest, but the most adaptable when it comes to change. So how are you adapting? Are you prepared to open your office back up as lockdowns are lifted?
There are tons of considerations to keep in mind as you’re getting ready to reopen. First and foremost, it’s important to invest in the right health and safety measures:
But beyond that, it’s important to know what to expect in this new normal. Gartner surveyed 317 CFOs to find out their plans for operating in a post-coronavirus world:
Remote work is here to stay
The takeaway from the study mentioned above? Remote work is here to stay – and that’s what businesses must prepare for when it comes to reopening. Naturally, you’ve already transitioned your workforce. But as organizations rushed to embrace remote work with minimal time to prepare, a lot of efforts were “good enough” instead of well-planned and executed. Going forward, a proper remote work strategy is key. This means remote workers need access to:
Many organizations will decide to get rid of some, if not all, of their technology department to minimize expenses. We’ve seen a massive number of layoffs happening all around the world, but we urge you to avoid laying off your technology department during the coronavirus pandemic. Why? Because technology is more essential than ever before. We’ve seen the following:
Ultimately, you’re going to need your technology department more than ever before. We recommend supplementing your technology department through co-managed IT services once lockdowns are lifted to make remote work even more effective. The coronavirus pandemic created three main priorities for technology departments:
Right now, we’re between stage two and stage three – meaning it’s time to ramp up our efforts. In terms of finding innovative tools, processes, and procedure to make remote work effective, it’s important to focus on
Next, it’s time to use lessons from the crisis to create a digital transformation going forward. For many organizations, this means embracing remote work, as well as:
Co-managed IT services give you the ability to access additional skill-sets, availability, and expertise as your technology requirements continue to grow. Essentially, an MSP handles some of the management of your information technology while your internal technology department handles the rest. This means you get:
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