Technologies to Keep Your Business Strong During Flu Season
Summer is over and fall is officially here. Along with beautiful fall colors and a festive holiday season, fall also represents the official start of flu season. Last flu season saw the emergence of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. This virus caused the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years. While not certain, the CDC says it is likely that 2009 H1N1 viruses will continue to spread along with seasonal viruses in the U.S. during this upcoming flu season.
As we brace ourselves for yet another virulent flu season, enterprises must prepare for the worse by developing and implementing business continuity and pandemic response plans that make the most of available resources, and enable employees to function at full capacity, even if they can’t physically be in the office. In today’s economic climate, businesses can’t afford any downtime. Just one hour of downtime can cost a business thousands, even millions, of dollars. To help your organization survive flu season, here are a few technologies that help keep your business running during a pandemic or disruption:
- Telepresence: Reduce the need for high risk activities such as air travel or public transportation, and offer employees the flexibility to stay home if they’ve been exposed or are feeling under the weather. By maintaining face-to-face communication with video collaboration technologies, employees can strengthen relationships, enhance productivity, improve collaboration and continue to build trust with teams and customers.
- Virtual Private Network (VPN): Without secure access to key documents and reports, working remotely can be wholly ineffective. View, access and update your most important projects and plans – whether employees are in quarantine recovering or caring for ill family members at home.
- Unified Personal Communicators: Unified Personal Communicators integrate the most frequently used communications applications and services (IM, video, multi-party conferencing, presence, etc) so employees can effectively communicate and collaborate from anywhere, including their home.
- Real-time Desktop Sharing Applications: Desktop sharing applications, when combined with phone conferencing, enables employees to share content on their desktop while they talk, regardless of where they are. It’s far more productive than emailing files and struggling to get everyone on the same page over the phone, making remote meetings more effective and productive.
- Network Performance Management: Having the right technologies installed is crucial – but ensuring their uptime is just as important. Every minute a network goes down can result in millions of dollars lost and reduced productivity. Network performance management tools give your IT department a holistic view into key network applications, ensuring applications stay up and running – and your employees can stay connected.
- Storage Backup: If an employee unexpectedly falls ill, your company needs to ensure all their key priorities move forward and remain organized, whether crucial information is readily available or not. With storage backup, businesses can quickly recover essential information, like urgent emails, to pick up projects without missing a beat.
Incorporating the right technologies to protect your employees and business is no longer an option – it’s a necessity. Those who take the steps to have the right plans and technologies in place will undoubtedly come out ahead.