Building the Plane While in Flight: How to Tackle the COVID-19 Business Continuity Crisis
The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has come upon all of us swiftly and unexpectedly. Just a handful of months ago, no one could have foreseen a global pandemic threatening our livelihoods. However, the result is not an ominous post-apocalyptic world envisioned in science fiction; instead, it is one where, to help solve the problem, we are faced with social distancing on a massive scale. As business leaders, we are now tasked with keeping our organizations and workforce running, efficiently and profitably from thousands of remote, home-based locations, rather than a handful. If there were a positive to be said about this crisis, it is that we are living in a time that provides us technology that science fiction writers could have only once dreamt about. Right now, we can sequence and orchestrate many interlocking jobs and tasks remotely, efficiently and safely, while improving customer delivery cycles.
COVID-19 is unprecedented in the modern workplace and globally unparalleled in the last century. Organizations do not have the luxury of performing long, drawn-out research and analysis, hypothesizing if they should move away from workplan spreadsheets or project plan files trapped in hard-to-find file servers. COVID-19 has made that decision for us. Now is the time to acquire and strategically apply internet/mobile work management capabilities. The actions you take to preserve and protect your business during the next six months will not be the difference between achieving or missing quarterly projections; they will be make-or-break decisions for the survival of the business...
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