As new cases of coronavirus become known in the United States, more people are taking extra steps to stay healthy. For the most part, this means avoiding crowds and washing your hands more. However, some workplaces are also transitioning into virtual offices amid the coronavirus scare as well. This means working from home for more people.
Why Workplaces Are Transitioning
Many schools are also moving to online classes while the coronavirus scare is at its peak. For working parents, kids transitioning into virtual classrooms may also mean they have to stay home and move to a virtual office.
Not to mention, allowing your workers to do their day’s work from home will help limit the possibility of someone in the office getting coronavirus. If you’ve seen any of the other facilities where the virus has been reported, you know this is huge. The cost of paying for the decontamination of your office could level a small business expense wise.
How This May Impact Business
For small business owners, the biggest way this may impact day-to-day business is the transition period for employees to get used to working virtually. At first, some productivity will be lost.
Businesses that have always been brick-and-mortar may also need to re-train some employees on best practices in the virtual office. There may also be some initial cost on the business’ (or employee’s) part to get a home office set up. Not to worry though – those costs will be tax-deductible.
Having some staff members work from home may also initially limit the business dealings you’re capable of handling. However, a huge percentage of the workforce already works part of the week (if not the entire thing) from home anyway. So, you’ll likely be able to find a workaround for those tasks.
Readers, what are your thoughts about workplaces switching focus to virtual offices during the coronavirus scare?