COVID-19 is creating ripples that will radiate for months and potentially years to come. As businesses across the country adjust course to stay afloat, many are finding a safe haven in the clouds above. At no point in history have so many Americans worked from home. And, while it may seem to be a high-water moment, the reality is that the global business landscape has undergone a permanent shift. From today forward, cloud services will be more than the lifeboat businesses depend on when things go down; the cloud will be the ship that propels companies forward. To that end, the following are just a few of the ways you can build your business in the clouds while still keeping it firmly planted on the ground.
Move Administration Into the Cloud
Moving administrative tasks into the cloud should be a high-priority project right now. All of your administrative tasks, from managing payroll to tracking vacation time, should be up in the cloud as soon as possible. This will make it easier to manage personnel, and it will go a long way toward protecting morale amongst your employees. When moving your administrative tasks into the cloud, don’t hesitate to fix what’s broken and what’s inefficient in your current HR systems. If streamlining was on the table before COVID-19 struck, now is the right time to make those changes.
Make It Mobile
While you can’t make all tasks mobile, you should make it possible for employees to do as much mobile work as possible. Whether you operate a retail outlet or manufacturing facility, it is vital that your systems are designed so that workers can still get their job done while spending as little time as possible on-site.
Make Digital the New Norm
Physical files take up space and collect dust as time rolls forward. Office space is expensive, and the more you dedicate to file storage, the less you have for revenue-generating activities. Invest time and resources now to digitize files so that staff can access them remotely. This will alleviate the need for storage space and improve productivity.
Prepare a Plan
The business landscape is changing by the day. While many are focusing on the gloom and doom of the headlines, forward-thinking business owners are looking toward the future and opportunities the COVID-19 crisis is creating. From grocery stores to textile mills, businesses are bolstering their online presence and shifting operations into the cloud where they will soar above their competition as the waters below remain choppy.
This pandemic struck with minimal warning. This means that cloud hosting and related cloud services are hot commodities that are getting snatched up faster than cloud providers, and others can expand their operations. The sooner you make your move, the better off your business will be in the months and years ahead. If you have a dedicated IT team or “go-to” contractor you rely on, paying them overtime right now to move your operations into the cloud is an investment that could save your business in the months ahead.
We invite you to contact Greenlink Payroll at (480) 385-2525 for more information about our services. It is our pleasure to tell you more about the cloud services and computing strategies your business can harness. More importantly, we are committed to helping you harness the power of the cloud to rise above these turbulent moments.