Instant Insights / How the Coronavirus Affects HR, Benefits, and Retirement Professionals

Dealing with COVID-19's massive impact on employers, employee benefits, 401(k) and pension plans, health insurance, and more.


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father wearing headphones at computer dealing with his two distracting children Across the board, preparing and protecting the workforce during this period of remote operations is critical to sustaining business continuity. (Photo: Shutterstock)

For some workers, the flexibility of working from home is a relief–a way to make sure the kids get picked up on time or avoiding the usual commute. For others, the comforts of home make working more enjoyable and more productive. For others, it can be difficult to get past the distractions of home, be it pets, kids or just a lack of comfortable seating.

But in our current situation, non-essential workers have been mandated to adopt a work from home model as the world practices social distancing, and it is widely unknown how long this period will last. This has created a business continuity challenge that is proving stressful to employees and employers alike. A few of the most pressing challenges including keeping yourself and your teams engaged, maintaining communication and managing security risks that could appear with online systems–especially those designed without considering the eccentricities of remote work.

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