26 March 2020: coronavirus is forcing many people to work from home to reduce social contact and minimise the associated risk of transmitting the disease. Technology is key to helping people work at home, so what are some of the things to consider when setting up and managing home working for your staff over the coming weeks and months?
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16 March 2020: increasing numbers of employees are being told to work from home to avoid infection and stop the spread of Covid-19. To help in this endeavour, here are some tips on home working for accountants.
13 March 2020: while the recent boom in flexible working has many obvious advantages for employees, it may also offer benefits for employers willing to embrace more agile practices. Former practice owner and business author Della Hudson gives her view.
Updated 11 March 2020: Sarah Bradford of Writetax Ltd considers the tax treatment of employees working from home. She explores the provision of equipment, household expenses, tax relief and good practice, among other things.
Cyber security and COVID-19
Criminals thrive in times of uncertainty and fear, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has already reported an increase in cyber threats which refer directly to the coronavirus. This guide outlines the key steps to basic cyber hygiene and highlights some useful resources.
It’s a sad fact that criminals thrive in times of uncertainty and fear, and there’s already been a spike in cyber attacks related to the coronavirus outbreak. With so many employees now working at home, often using new unfamiliar apps, companies need to be especially vigilant regarding cyber threats. So here is a quick reminder of some basic good practices and some useful resources to share with staff.
Video conferencing and remote collaboration tools
Meetings software, channel-based chat, cloud storage, planning tools: there is probably untapped potential in the software packages you already have. if not, many vendors are offering free access to their apps for up to three to six months during the pandemic.
23 March 2020: Della Hudson is a veteran of running online courses and webinars and she shares her tips to help businesses using the technology for the first time.
Has your team had to shift unexpectedly to home working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, we have some Office tips and tricks to share for better remote collaboration, courtesy of Microsoft MVP David Benaim.
Health and wellbeing
<p>Announcement from CABA, the charity supporting the wellbeing of ICAEW chartered accountants an their families,stating that it will continue to deliver its vital support services to members across the UK and abroad during the coronavirus crisis.</p>
<p>Information from Mind about how to take care of yourself during the coronavirus pandemic. It offers practical advice for staying at home, how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing and support for work, benefits and housing.</p>
<p>Guidance from IOSH about how to protect staff and manage the health and safety risks of remote working.</p>