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During the COVID-19 global health crisis, we are forced to adapt to a new way of life. Here’s how to start thinking strategically to best navigate through these uncharted waters.
You need to understand the financial implications and to act quickly. What happens if business reduction lasts for weeks? Or longer? Consider various “what-if” scenarios. Inquire about your business interruption insurance. Do you have an existing policy with dread disease coverage? Be sure to review the following:
With companies quickly moving to remote work environments, hackers are aggressively looking to exploit any flaws. Be diligent and don’t click on links from unknown sources. It is not too late to talk to your broker about getting insurance for cyber security or social engineering policies.
This should include policies regarding:
Employees need to set their own schedules and be able to deal with different distractions (e.g. kids, phone calls, etc.). Don’t underestimate the change and potential impact. Clearly communicate who employees should call with questions or issues, during and after work hours.
In these uncertain times, you may need to be creative. This will mean different things for different companies. Consider unique ways you can make your business stronger.
How can your business adapt to offer services digitally? For example, on-line teaching classes, or offering webinars. The goal is to keep your business top of mind.
To allow for accounting data to be easily accessible, consider cloud-based accounting systems. In cloud computing, users access software applications remotely though the Internet. Remember to ensure adequate security protection.
Unless you have been asked not to work at all (e.g., some non-exempt positions), keep working, most likely from home. Utilize smart tools and practice healthy habits. Limit social engagement and leverage technology.
Password protection and current anti-virus systems are critical for remote devices, even if they are owned by the employee and not controlled by the company.
Companies need to consider whether remote users will be able to print or store any confidential information on their laptops or Home PCs. Tools are available that can prevent downloading or printing of any information from personal devices.
There are many software options to choose from; some are paid services, but several are free. Here are examples of systems that are commonly used:
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