Shutting Down the Office Due to COVID-19

March 17, 2020

The spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has had tensions running high worldwide. Many Americans are unsure how coronavirus’ new designation as a pandemic will affect the way they conduct business. It is important to know what to expect and have a plan in place in case you are placed on lockdown. You should also know what to do if you need to work from home.

Understanding Lockdowns

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), lockdown procedures are necessary when an immediate threat presents itself to building occupants. During these instances, it becomes more dangerous for occupants to leave the building than it is for them to stay in secured areas. With the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens may be placed under lockdown if disease-causing contaminants have been released into the environment.

Currently, the entire country of Italy is on lockdown to prevent further spread of coronavirus. Consequently, Italian citizens are not allowed to assemble in public or do anything other than stay at home.

Lockdown Response Activities

The number one thing to do during a lockdown is to stay calm, as panicking will only make things worse. If placed under lockdown, individuals should secure themselves at home as soon as possible. They should not leave until directed otherwise by emergency personnel, as doing so will increase the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

Follow any directions given by the relevant authorities until and after being given the all-clear.

Taking Your Practice Remote

Many business owners may want to take their practice remote in anticipation of a lockdown. Doing so seamlessly involves time and planning. According to a CEO writing for Fast Company, it all “starts from the top.” In other words, business owners should lead by example, making themselves present and available on various online tools and channels.

Since there is less non-verbal communication involved in remote work, it is crucial to reinforce the company’s missions and expectations. At the same time, creating and promoting a digital company culture is critical. To do so, business owners must choose the right tools (such as Slack or Google Hangouts) and keep them in constant use.

Following the example of The United States Office of Personnel Management brought up in an article by The Washington Post, another option is to “issue ­laptops and grant access to computer networks.

Remote Work Strategies for Employees

Of course, employees should also be aware of the new expectations they will be accountable for while working in a remote work environment. Try to prepare for working from home as soon as possible. This involves taking note of any software, information, bookmarks, phone numbers, and anything else that might be necessary to carry out essential job duties.

Next, set up a designated, separate workspace at home, if possible. Many workers find this helps them strike an appropriate work-life balance. It is crucial to communicate as clearly as possible.

Workers should set up a culture of responsiveness and keep colleagues updated on any deadlines or progress they have made throughout the day. Additionally, those who need to take care of pets or children should be transparent about their schedule.

Work Goes On

With proper planning, you can ensure that your business has a seamless transition into working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can lessen your chances of contracting the coronavirus by taking preventive measures and being prepared for a lockdown. Though feelings of fear and anxiety are natural, it is crucial to stay calm.

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