This week we've seen global companies, such as Amazon, CNN and Google, restrict travel for employees.  Meetings are being cancelled.  Events are being postponed. Airports are empty.  

Covid-19 is disrupting 'business as usual'.

I'm no health expert so cannot comment as to the spread or predicted spread of the virus.  However, I see employers rightly taking necessary steps to protect their employees. 

As the virus continues to spread, companies are fast looking at contingency plans for their workforce in order to continue operations as smoothly as possible.

Whilst many jobs (including retail, manufacturing, healthcare) require people to be physically present, other organisations are now embracing video conferencing, Slack and Teams as a way to communicate remotely.  

Where remote working was once positioned as a flexible benefit for employees, it's now becoming the new 'business as usual' during this tough period.

From my first job with IBM I have always worked with European and international colleagues.  Conference calls at 6am and 11pm were (and still are) normal for me.  

Flexing around business and personal commitments is (and always will be) 'business as usual' for me personally.

Same goes for Tribal.  

We've always been a remote working team and that was a conscious decision - even as we grow.  

We embrace platforms (Zoom, Xero, Teams, Asana, HubSpot) so we all have a clear picture of our business health no matter which desk we're sat at.

I feel this international epidemic (perhaps soon to be pandemic) may force and fast-track many organisations into realising the advantages of remote working.  

Many businesses (not all!) can still operate with a distributed, remote workforce as long as the right technology and digital culture are in place.