With ominous predictions of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the US alone, and the worst possibly ramping up in the next few weeks, many people are starting to experience feelings of dread. Life has been altered into an almost nightmarish state. For those who have been personally affected by the virus, the nightmare is all too real. Loss of family members, illness, complications from the disease, loss of income, (unemployment number predictions don't look very good at this time) and trying to defend against an invisible menace wears heavy on many.For some, this may seem like a weird sort of holiday. Those who feel they are immune to the worst of the disease may have rude awakenings if it turns out that they are not. For others, this may seem like a major inconvenience, which of course ...
What is a company? Is it a building, an office, a memo, a directive to point the way into the never ending cost cutting unknown? No, for a lot of the world the company is the people who do stuff that in some shape or form creates some value. It’s the people who move things, make things, fix things, maintain things, process things. The situation now has many of your companies (the people) no longer in the office or buildings, but working from home. In some cases, not even working, just not at work. Luckily your company still has long digital tentacles that can somewhat tether your work force together through often meaningless conference calls and possibly poorly animated web based meetings, (hooray for extra long PowerPoint presentations) but this approach does have limitations. Monitoring
Maybe you’re already locked down where you are, or you soon will be. The world has changed, life for a great many has changed, everything is different now whether you realize it or not. How you deal with these changes may not be under your control. Hopefully it is, and all this chaos becomes a faded memory a year from now. For now, it is right in front of us, and some outcomes may not be too pleasant. It's one thing to be told that you can work from home, it's another thing to be told that you can't leave your home - of course there are a few necessary traveling limitations which would allow some movement between sites providing essential services. Those who provide or support these essential services will be allowed to commute to their work locations - for now, provided they don't
Do NOT shutdown your remote computer If you need to restart for updates or are just done working for the day and you are working on a remote computer then DO NOT SHUTDOWN. If you do, hopefully, there are still some employees on location that would turn it on for you.
Like the Plough Wind before a storm - the news and internet are buzzing with impending doom from the Corona Virus. The noise has gone up a few levels recently, but still, some companies may be waiting too long before pulling the trigger and asking their workers to work from home (if they can - some work doesn’t permit remote options). Of course, there could be some extreme mitigation ideas that could involve being stuck at work. Image the doors closing as giant padlocks and chains reinforce the stay in the office mandate.....ah, but that would never happen in the free world........right? Dedication versus incarceration, what an image that conjures up. If your area falls under a state of emergency you may be seeing difficulties already impacting everyday productivity.