COVID-19 and Remote Worker Enablement

Work at home declarations from the CDC and other government agencies may become the new normal.

Not only could it become a temporary law, but it’s also it’s the best way to protect your employees from exposure to the novel virus. So how can you as a business owner prepare to transition your workforce into a work-at-home team that still performs at a high level?

We’ve created a step-by-step process to help you prepare.

1 – HIGH SPEED INTERNET

The first thing you need to do as a business owner is to survey your employees to see what kind of broadband they are using at home. To run business voice and video calls, they’re going to need plenty of throughputs. A good standard that should provide enough horsepower is 50 Mb down, 5 Mb upload speed.

2 – MOVE YOUR PHONE SYSTEM TO THE CLOUD

Here are the key features of UCaaS that will enable your work-at-home employees by leveraging the benefits of unified communications in the Cloud:

  • Video Conferencing
  • Mobile App
  • Collaboration
  • CRM Integration

3 – MOVE DESKTOP WORKSPACE TO THE CLOUD

With Active Directory, you can ensure certain file-sharing rules within your own Local Area Network. Two promising technologies address these features and move them all to the Cloud while maintaining centralized control over access permissions.

  • Workspace as a Service
  • Desktop as a Service

4 – MOVE CONTACT CENTER TO THE CLOUD

Does your businesses have a contact center or help desk in-office?
Having a Cloud Contact Center solution allows your employees to
support your clients while working from home.

5 – IDENTIFY & PROVIDE NECESSARY DEVICES

Don’t let Coronavirus hold your company back; make sure that your
employees have the technology they need:

  • Mobile or soft phone
  • Desktop or lap top computer

6 – REMOTE FILE SHARE

When you send your workers home, they must be able to share, collaborate on, and store files in the Cloud. The most popular cloud file storage providers are:

  • Microsoft Office 365 – OneDrive
  • Google G-Suite – Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Box.com

If you’d like assistance in putting a work-at-home technology plan in place, contact us, and we’ll get you in touch with our trusted advisors.

COVID-19 & Remote Worker Enablement

Protecting Your Business

FEMA’s mitigation and insurance programs cover the whole community, people, organizations, government and even businesses. FEMA mitigation and insurance programs have tools every business owner can utilize to make their places of business safer for their employees and more resilient to disaster.

The FEMA Building Science Branch develops and produces guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resilient communities to reduce loss of life and property. They  conduct post-disaster engineering investigations for both man-made and natural hazard events. They take a lead role in developing publications, guidance materials, tools, technical bulletins, and recovery advisories that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes, floodproofing requirements, seismic design standards, and wind design requirements for new construction and the repair of existing buildings.

Business owner Robin Calhlen shows FEMA Mitigation specialist Kathi Merritt the water line from the flooding in early May. FEMA and Commonwealth specialists will be on hand Saturday, June 5, to address the concerns of business owners and residents. The National Flood Insurance Program  – Almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Over the past 5 years (2006-2010), the average commercial flood claim has amounted to just over $85,000. Flood insurance is the best way to protect yourself from devastating financial loss. Find the flood risk for your business now using our One-Step Flood Risk Profile.

Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, condo owners/renters, and commercial owners/renters. Costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers, and the property’s flood risk.

Coverage for your building and contents is available. Talk to your agent today about insuring your business and its contents. Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. That means now is the best time to buy flood insurance.

Last Updated:
06/15/2015 – 12:21
Original content from – http://www.fema.gov/protecting-your-businesses

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