Wash your hands frequently. Call the doctor if you have flu-like symptoms. Be prepared to work from home.
Let’s talk about some work from home solutions and numbers.
These phrases have been repeated ad nauseam as the U.S. reacts to the coronavirus outbreak. And while ZoomInfo doesn’t monitor hand hygiene efforts or health care records, it does track one data type that offers insight into the issue of employees working from home as a result to the coronavirus outbreak. We’re speaking, of course, about technographic data.
Technographic data refers to information regarding a company’s essential tools and technologies. The big message? Based on ZoomInfo’s analysis, most companies in America are not ready, from a technology standpoint, to support employees working from home due to COVID-19, or if a community outbreak forces self-quarantines.
ZoomInfo relied on technographic information from 5.8 million U.S. companies in its database to arrive at this conclusion. Learn more about technographic data in ZoomInfo’s 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations. See the full details on the Zoom website.
Work-From-Home Tech Analysis
For its analysis, ZoomInfo focused on the following technologies, which typically help remote workers communicate and interact with colleagues:
Web conferencing platforms (e.g., Zoom or GoToWebinar), which let people engage in video-based meetings in real time from multiple locations.
Team collaboration software (e.g., Slack or Confluence), which sets up real-time online chatting and idea sharing in real time.
File sharing applications (e.g., Box or Google Drive), which offers online access to digital files and documents, often to many people at the same time.
Unified communication solutions (e.g., Polycom and Cisco Unity Connection), which integrate various communications channels and services into one single platform.
E-signature tools (e.g, Adobe Sign or DocuSign), which let individuals sign their names electronically to contracts and other documents.
Human resources management systems (e.g., ADP or BambooHR), which in part give employees self-service options for benefits, time off, and more HR matters.
The vast majority of companies in the country — including millions of small businesses — do not use any of these technologies.
Figure 1: As business face increased pressure from coronavirus, work-from-home applications differ depending on company size.
Not surprisingly, companies with a larger workforce (and by inference, bigger budgets) are more likely to use one or more of these technologies. Conversely, smaller organizations are less likely to adopt these tools, either because they don’t need them or can’t afford them. Given the unpredictable threat of coronavirus, work-from-home options may become necessary for businesses that usually don’t allow people to work remotely. We want to help this process go smoothly and less the burden and stress on business daily process.
To be fair, not all organizations can let workers clock in remotely — construction firms and food processing companies, for example.
Also, some businesses may be able to march on simply by conducting conference calls with employees at home using a standard smartphone features. However, file-sharing and real-time collaboration on the web requires specific software’s that many businesses have never tried.
Simplifi Solutions can help make these transmissions easier and more productive. We will help you through implementing the technology you need to survive in business and advance your processes and company technology for the future.
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