How Video Interviewing Is Helping Businesses Stay Afloat Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
The coronavirus has gone viral in every sense of the word. It has become a top story in the news and a serious medical and travel concern. But the virus is also negatively affecting businesses and their plans for growth.
The Effects of An Epidemic On the WorkplaceWhen such an outbreak occurs, businesses cannot simply come to a halt. Yet the word “pandemic” evokes fear. Many people are reluctant to come in close physical proximity to others. Facebook has restricted any non-essential or social visitors from their offices. Even standard business greetings like the classic handshake are being replaced to avoid spreading the virus.
With the rise of the virus, international business has become more complicated. Managers and HR reps are wondering what to do about employees who have been travelling abroad. The phenomenon of the “stranded employee” is coming up for many companies for the first time.
While no one wants to get sick, many employees struggle with taking time off work. Sometimes that’s because the employee doesn’t want to offload work onto coworkers or be seen as not a team player. Other times, it’s because they want to save up sick time for a confirmed illness. And, in many other cases, they simply cannot afford to take unpaid time off work. There is no such thing as “paid potential virus incubation leave.”
Both employers and employees are facing a catch-22 situation. On one hand is the importance of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and, on the other, is the lack of policy to make a straightforward decision about whether or not to come to work.
Moving Interactions Online as a Precautionary Measure
Rather than waiting, it’s best for businesses to proactively establish company-wide policies and best practices for times like these. Having a plan in place is vital.
As the outbreak develops, more tips to create a contingency plan are being published. Such tips include identifying critical employee groups or individuals who are difficult to replace on short notice, as well as speaking to suppliers and clients to ensure they also have a backup plan in place so things continue to run as smoothly as possible.
However, these are just the first steps. Large companies like Google, Twitter, and Coinbase have announced their decision to ask that most, if not all, employees work from home, and some companies are converting large scale live events to online events.