We are now living at a time in human history when people’s lives are dramatically evolving. In January 2020, a virus smaller than what many microscopes can see drastically changed people’s lives. The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, originated in a meat market in Wuhan, China, and escalated into a pandemic, contaminating hundreds of thousands of people by March 2020. Although the mere nature of this disease is horrifying on its own, people are mainly afraid of the immense uncertainty that it brings.
The workforce has been disrupted, along with schools, universities and even households. Policymakers are struggling to find sustainable solutions to overcome this lethal threat to their respective countries, as well as internationally. At the same time, leaders in the business realm are fighting to maintain economic activity and deliver their goods and services to consumers without tremendous disruption to their usual operations.
At the heart of any business activity is its employees. Therefore, in order to overcome the limitations and obstacles that this pandemic has placed on people’s lives and their tasks, businesses must take aggressive actions. Given the novelty of this problem, corporations have had to take a ‘learn as you go’ approach. They started by taking extra care in cleaning their facilities, encouraging unwell employees to stay at home and limiting contact among individuals. Many governmental organizations have distributed pamphlets and guides on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, and how to help maintain the wellbeing of workers.
However, given that the only unanimously agreed upon issue with this virus is its colossal uncertainty, regardless of the number of guides corporations follow, they must acknowledge that protection from the virus is not guaranteed. Therefore, the single safest option is for people to avoid being around other people. This is known as ‘social distancing’, which will protect individuals and those around them. As this disease becomes more widespread, and more lives are threatened, the notion of social responsibility increases in importance. Therefore, in light of social distancing to help prevent the more vulnerable and susceptible populations from becoming ill, people are encouraged to have minimal contact with one another. Needless to say, many hard-hit areas have taken social distancing even further and imposed complete lockdowns in their communities.
This poses a challenge for organizations, as working from home is a new concept for many. Companies familiar with this concept are able to ask their employees to work from home and incur minimal changes, other than the overall COVID-19 disruption, to their day-to-day operations. It goes without saying that many forms of work are not feasible without physically going to a venue; however, it is important for all roles that are able to accommodate remote work to do so. Innovative platforms and solutions have enabled businesses to achieve their goals by engaging in immersive technology. This has introduced its many benefits to corporations that were previously unwilling to adapt these advancements to their operations.
The coronavirus outbreak has highlighted the tremendous importance of flexibility and communication in business operations. At CoreAxis, we have always valued these factors, and believe that engaging in innovative learning solutions will yield positive results in these areas. Our packages prepare businesses, as well as their valued employees, for future crises by introducing methods of efficient engagement, without the need for physical presence. In addition, these packages promote communication and, by aligning the goals of every individual with that of the organization, foster a united and innovative force against future unprecedented circumstances.
CoreAxis can help your team with Pandemic Training and Incident Management. Click the link below to learn more about our Pandemic Training solutions.