Is your business prepared for the Coronavirus?

Our 5 top tips on how to get ready!

As New Zealand’s concern grows post the first coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, businesses are facing an increasingly likely scenario where they will have to manage any number of disruptions – ranging from a lack of supply of key products or materials, increased staff absentees, cashflow pressures through to a complete business shut down.

Your reliance and dependency on IT will become very evident if an outbreak does occur.

Considering the levels of risk and likelihood of some sort of interruption and the speed at which it may happen, it is absolutely imperative to have at least a basic plan in place.  Being reactive and just waiting until something happens could be costly and stressful.

To control the spread, a 14 day home quarantine appears to be the first line of defence the ministry of health is advocating and most likely one of the initial disruptions you will face. Here are our 5 top tech tips to help ensure you are prepared:

  1. Identify business critical applications and data
  2. Ensure your key employees have the ability to work from home / remotely
  3. Ensure you have cut over capabilities to manage incoming phone calls remotely
  4. Ensure you have adequate and reliable cloud backups in place
  5. Put together an Emergency Contact Form and test out your plans

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The best preparation is practice. One of the best suggestions I came across was to test how ready you are by rotating key staff to work from home to ensure that they have an effective home set up, have access to key applications and data they need and are able to perform the key functions of their role.

The question you need to be asking yourself…

Can I can sleep soundly in the knowledge that the business can be run remotely with little disruption to our clients or staff?

If you are not sure that you have the necessary systems in place, just give us a call on 0800 694 862 and we will be happy to help out.

And don’t forget that you also need to be considering a range of other non IT areas including the management of critical customers, suppliers, plant & equipment, insurances, communications and staff wellbeing.

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