The world is abuzz with news of the dangerous coronavirus outbreak in China. As the disease is making its way to other continents, people are trying their best to contain the virus.
Similar to other respiratory diseases, coronavirus spreads from one person to another in close proximity. Confined office and meeting room space are some of the top places where catching a virus is possible.
Let's talk about simple ways to avoid contracting viruses without putting your work on hold.
1. Setting Up Home Office
The most efficient way to evade viruses is to avoid direct person-to-person contact. While for some professionals it may be tough to stop going to crowded places, it's always possible to minimize human interactions.
According to information from CNBC, more than 40% of Americans work from home occasionally and more than 80% wish they could do it at least one day per week.
What keeps you from setting up a home office and trying to avoid close contacts during the coronavirus outbreak?
2. Taking Full Advantage of Video Conferencing
These days, technologies are making high-quality video conferencing a reality. From room-based tech and codec to integrated video conferencing, you can choose the option that fits you the best.
According to FinancesOnline, the key benefit of video conferencing is reducing the need to travel. You don't just save time and money but minimize the chances of contracting viruses while traveling to other countries.
3. Moving to the Cloud
If you haven't moved at least part of your business to the cloud yet, coronavirus could be an excellent catalyst. The reduced costs, flexibility, and improved collaboration are just a small part of the benefits you can reap from moving your data and software to the cloud.
Migrating to the cloud allows you to access all the necessary work-related information remotely. With the right authentication procedure, you can ensure high security. Cloud computing and storage should become an integral part of your home office setup.
4. Using Multi-Factor Authentication or Biometrics
If you are working with sensitive data in the office, it's possible to keep the information secure at home as well. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and biometrics are commonly used to ensure authorized access to the system.
Passing several levels of authentication may be time-consuming. However, it can help you work remotely and avoid person-to-person contact. Given the fairly low cost of biometric-scanning devices, it's possible to add biometric authentication to the remote security effort.
5. Implementing BYOD
If you haven't taken advantage of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy before, it may be an excellent time to implement it. Keeping work-related programs and data on your laptop or smartphone can help you avoid coming to the office on a regular basis during the virus outbreak.
According to TechRepublic, 59% of organizations have already adopted the BYOD policy. It doesn't just cut costs and improve productivity, this approach simplifies remote work tremendously.
6. Testing Virtual Collaboration Apps
Virtual collaboration apps can make remote work easier and more productive. Such software as Slack, Trello, and monday can help optimize the operation of remote teams and help you avoid in-person meetings and conferences.
From setting up schedules to correcting mistakes, these apps have revolutionized the way companies work today.
As the world's best minds are struggling to contain the coronavirus outbreak, you can stay safe by minimizing person-to-person contact. Even when the virus is conquered, you can take full advantage of the available technologies to improve your work efficiency.
The latest video conferencing options, virtual collaboration apps, cloud computing, and security measures can change the way you do business dramatically. Coronavirus is giving you an opportunity to start today.
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