Friday 13 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* COVID-19: Forcing a gear-change in workplace experience?

The escalating COVID-19 crisis is taking us into uncharted territory – economically, socially, and of course, health-wise. Drastic measures being taken by organisations (including TechMarketView) to keep employees out of offices and into remote working locations (typically home) have become increasingly common, where possible.

Each organisation has responded in a different way to the protection of their employees and mitigation against the further spread of the Coronavirus. Some imposed clearly defined policies early on, moving quickly to ban travel and enforce compulsory home working. Others have put some of those decisions into the hands of individuals - for now. We’ve also seen examples of disaster recovery plans coming into play - for example, City firms sending staff to workplace recovery facilities outside of London.  hvp

In turn, support services firms are having to flex to be able to serve that different geographical/non-office location. For workers that are typically office based, working from home can be both frustrating and enlightening. Some organisations have put forward extra funds to help create a home office environment (e.g. screens and laptop), and some resellers are reporting a spike in orders as organisations start to stockpile kit. Indeed, Mike Norris, CEO of Computacenter, spoke of the “surge” in orders in yesterday’s results announcement. He has also reportedly said buyers are being less discerning about the brands they buy in order to secure the volumes they need. Likewise, he says some SMEs that have never bought laptops before are now doing so.

What will be the longer-term impact of the sudden and drastic shift around remote working and digital conferences?

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Posted by Kate Hanaghan at '09:59' - Tagged: businesscontinuity   covid-19   remoteworking   digitalconference