COVID-19: 3 Tips on how to keep payroll and business calm and carry on

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COVID-19: 3 Tips on how to keep payroll and business calm and carry onHow to keep business going as best you can in the midst of pandemic turmoil.

Even the ordinary flu can bring your workplace to a standstill so it’s no wonder the current COVID-19 pandemic has everyone rattled. It’s easy to get caught up in the enormity of it all and we should take this seriously. But do remember to take a step back and breathe. We are going to get through this. In the meantime, what can we do in our organization, and in our work life to get a handle on things so that our business can move forward, as smoothly as possible, and with the health and safety of our staff and customers at the heart of it all?

Here are 3 tips to stay healthy and productive:

  1. At this point, there has been no forced shut down of offices due to COVID-19, but remote work has been encouraged where possible. Many organizations are already set up to do this, but some companies are scrambling to enable their workforce to work from home. With today’s technology, all you really need is a laptop and a good internet connection to do the basics. Other useful tools are remote meeting software such as Zoom and Teams, as well as document collaboration tools such as Google Docs or SharePoint. New to working from home? Here are some tips around that.
  2. Obviously not all jobs can be done remotely and that can have tragic consequences for the employees impacted. Luckily, many employers are coming up with emergency measures to protect their employees from financial hardships. For example, Microsoft is paying hourly workers regular wages if their hours are reduced because of COVID-19 concerns , and Walmart created an emergency leave policy for its employees. Our government has been working diligently on a coronavirus aid package that includes free testing, paid emergency leave, and other resources to help. For companies, tracking sick leave and now even emergency leave becomes key – check if your payroll software lets you create your own leave codes to help your HR and Payroll department keep up. If you’re running Microsoft Dynamics® GP, we can help with your paid sick leave requirements.
  3. All this will and should have employers thinking long term about what other technologies could be leveraged to help facilitate working remotely. This could be the time to finally take that leap and move your business operations into the cloud. For example, Microsoft now has an ERP system that is completely cloud-based: Microsoft Dynamics® 365 Business Central and even your payroll can be run in that cloud using Payroll Now! Microsoft Dynamics® GP can run in the cloud thanks to our friends at Njevity with PowerGPOnline. Businesses that have already migrated to the cloud are saving costs, improving scalability AND are in the best position to handle increased demand for remote work, not just for their employees but also for their customers, allowing them to service customers no matter what happens.

We are going to get through this. Stay healthy, don’t take unnecessary risks, keep calm and carry on.

Written by Integrity Data

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