Canadian health officials are warning Canadians to prepare for the spread of the virus across the country. Are there measures in place for your staff to work in a secure remote environment in the event of a coronavirus outbreak in the vicinity of your business?

Your business shouldn’t have to be put on hold in the event of an outbreak in the office. Many businesses cannot afford to be 27 days without staff for the suggested incubation period. This is where remote work comes in.

According to Remote Year, “remote work is a working style that allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment. It is based on the concept that work does not need to be done in a specific place to be executed successfully.” While there are many benefits to working remotely, in the case of a pandemic, remote work allows employees to continue their work through digital channels while avoiding the physical office.

How do you get started? Ensure all employees have secure remote access to your servers. This allows them to access the files and tools they need, just like how they would be able to on a desktop in the office. Traditional VPN solutions are great for this though they are not the only option.

It is also important to have remote collaboration applications already in place. From Microsoft Teams to Slack, the options are endless. These tools allow your employees to communicate on chat and video calls if needed. It also allows you, as the business owner, the opportunity to be connected and have access to your employees, even if they are nowhere near you.

Ensure your business is not caught off-guard and negatively affected by a crisis. Shifting gears into a more open-to-remote mindset will better prepare your organization for the unexpected, like the coronavirus pandemic.

To learn more about how we can help implement safe and secure remote accesses for your business, contact us here.