With the threat of Coronavirus lingering in everyone’s minds, health organisations globally have recommended “social distancing” and “self-quarantine”. The objective of social distancing is to reduce the probability of contact between persons carrying an infection, and others who are not infected. Self-quarantine, on the other hand, refers to people who limit their movement between locations if they suspect that they are infected or if they fear being infected.
Globally, businesses and organisations have greatly started to invest in preventative measures. One key strategy of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus has been to use cloud technology to allow employees to work remotely. Thereby limiting in-person meetings and possible contamination. Not only will cloud technology allow employees to call in meetings, but they will be able to message co-workers and share documents via the Cloud with greater ease.
Clearly people stay healthier when they work from home because they are less exposed to germs. Wakefield Research found that 69% of working Americans do not take sick days even if they feel like it. In today’s hyper-competitive work environment and burnout culture, many people perceive sick days as a sign of a weak work ethic. Many prefer to come into work even if they are sick. In fact, they only put others at risk.
Remote Work Can Limit Exposure to Viruses
Many offices these days have also take on a more open seating structure; meaning that many people often work together in confined spaces. Germs can be easily spread on door handles, toilets, communal kitchen or in the office itself. No surprise that you will stay healthier when you avoid such a bacteria-infested environment. Using cloud technology to work remotely, employees can also avoid public transport. By avoiding packed buses, trains, and roads, employees can reduce their risk of infection. Educational institutions can also use cloud technology to arrange online classes. This allows for students not to miss out on valuable learning time while they are quarantined at home.
Cloud tools, such as G Suite, Google Docs, Slack, Zoom and Trello make it easy for employees to work apart from one another. By investing in the correct cloud tools to support remote work businesses can actively support their employees and limit the spread of viruses. Some businesses may feel that their structure or company culture is not suited for remote work. However, with the rise infection rate of the Coronavirus, many businesses may not have any choice. By using these cloud tools correctly and strategically businesses greatly limit the spread of Corona and ensure that their employees are not at risk.