With news of the coronavirus (Covid-19) arriving daily, business leaders are beginning to address potential challenges that the effects of a largescale health epidemic could present to day-to-day operations. Will the virus continue to spread globally? Will business travel be interrupted or even come to a halt? Will employees who do not normally work remotely be forced to do so for a period of time? These are just some of the questions that arise in the minds of business leaders, prompting ideas to mitigate the impact to the workforce and the businesses they support.
Is it wise to invest valuable resources into developing an alternative operational plan, given the uncertainty about the scope of the virus’s effects? In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, author Cali Williams Yost argues for the benefits of thinking more broadly “to not only flexibly respond to this potential disruption, but also to use it as an opportunity to reimagine work broadly.” In other words, although there may be some sense of urgency to consider these things now, it is ultimately advantageous to a company to engage in periodical review of its routine practices and to specifically consider how remote work could be valuable. Read her article to learn five steps that will get you started: FULL ARTICLE