In view of the increase in cases of coronavirus, technologies promote remote work for both users and their employees.
The Covid-19 or Coronavirus was already declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) which has raised the health requirements in the world with the aim that the disease does not continue to spread.
Some of the recommendations are to promote distance work or home office in companies so that the staff have less contact and thus less chance of contagion. To help the adoption of this form of technological work, Google, Microsoft, IBM and others have decided to make available more services that facilitate teleworking in different ways, while Twitter and Facebook communicated to their employees to perform home office to the health contingency on a mandatory basis.
Twitter made it mandatory for its workers to work from home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
For workers who are parents, Twitter said it would cover additional childcare costs that parents may have if their regular daycare centers close due to Covid.
In the case of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, the firm’s CEO, made a broadcast via the social network to talk about measures that help reduce the spread of the virus.
In addition to health advice and extreme caution, the manager asked that, as far as possible, people should do their work from home.
“On Facebook, our priority is that people have access to good information and keep in touch with the people they care about most. We will continue to work to ensure that false information about the virus is not spread,” Zuckerberg said.
Technological advances have opened the door to new ways of working, one of which is the home office. Work should be seen as “something you do and not a place you go to”. The founder of TransparentBusiness believes that teleworking does allow employees to be supervised, without being watched.
“For this form of employment to work properly, it is important that companies provide their employees with the technologies that their activities require or allow employees to use those they consider most appropriate.
It is work flexibility, teamwork and the use of new technologies. It is a model of talent management in which the employer offers the necessary tools for employees to perform their tasks based on results.
5 recommendations to implement it
In view of the arrival of Coronavirus in Spain, companies with a work model in which all its employees make home office, issued the following recommendations to implement teleworking without affecting the results, productivity and most importantly, the health of workers:
- ESTABLISH KEY INDICATORS FOR COLLABORATORS
Work under individual and group goals that are measurable and visible to all team members.
Recommendation: OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) is a methodology created by the former IntelCEO.
- TECHNOLOGY FOR YOU, WORKING IN THE CLOUD
The use of the cloud serves not only to have constant open communication channels, but also to optimize efforts with productivity tools hosted there. These tools are integrated with calendar, email and others.
Recommendation: tools such as Asana, Slack, Google Docs, Monday, Jira and Office 365, among others.
- ADEQUATE WORKSPACE
Encourage employees to design and create a suitable work space in their homes, as having an ergonomic, clean, tidy and comfortable space will allow you to feel like you are in the office while the epidemic is being controlled.
- TAKE ACTIVE BREAKS
Resting during the day serves to recover energy and improve our performance, as working from home can cause the line between home and work to be lost. This will help prevent illnesses caused by jobs that do not involve much movement.
One of the biggest challenges of remote work is connecting with co-workers. Therefore, it is essential to constantly communicate and coordinate with the rest of the team what you are working on. It is highly recommended to replace calls with video calls.
Recommendations: Zoom, Slack, Skype, Hangouts Meet and GoToMeeting.
This is an unprecedented moment. It is important that we approach it with a sense of calm and responsibility – because we have many people counting on us.
Google has joined the WHO to counteract the spread of the virus, entire offices were asked to work from home. Google also established a team to report incidents 24 hours a day and work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), Pichai said. Google’s board of directors and senior executives also meet daily to discuss critical decisions about the corona virus.
Google is also working on expanding its search results to provide users with separate information on symptoms, treatment and preventive measures. If you don’t want to miss a headline about the COVID-19 virus, set up the Google SOS Alert. Here users receive reliable news, safety tips and updates from the WHO.
The Ministry of the Interior for the coronavirus: Google allows free access to G-Suite products
Many companies are asking their employees to work at the head office because of the virus. To help make meetings and workflows run smoothly, Google announced that it will provide free access to Hangouts Meet, a video conferencing tool, to school children, students and workers until July 1, 2020. The search engine company also donated $25 million in advertising costs to the WHO and government agencies.
We are providing $25 million in donated advertising credit to the WHO and government agencies, and will provide more if there is a need throughout the year. Google.org and Googlers have donated more than $1 million to support the relief effort, which will go to organizations working to buy medical supplies, provide frontline workers with food and shelter, support the construction of temporary hospitals and assist in long-term recovery efforts.
Außerdem blockierte Google tausende von Ads von Unternehmen, die Profit aus dem Auftreten des Coronavirus schlagen wollten. Applications were also found in the Google shop, information about the virus was checked. On the company blog, Google has joined forces with registration and security organizations to create a virus database.
Google also blocked thousands of ads from companies that wanted to profit from the appearance of the coronavirus. The Google Playstore has also removed applications that spread misinformation about the virus. The company’s blog also says that Google is working with the government and health organizations until the virus is contained.