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Communication is key: How to get prepared for the second wave of Coronavirus

You may have just gone back to work in an office after almost five months of lockdown. But don’t think you’re out of the woods just yet…

Scientists predict that a second wave of Coronavirus is expected to hit the UK in October.

So, it looks like you could be back at your kitchen table before you know it as the global pandemic threatens to shut businesses down once again.

According to a recent BBC report, the winter could see around 120,000 new deaths, with between 24,500 and 251,000 virus-related deaths in hospitals alone.

But with more and more restrictions being lifted and the Prime Minister urging people to return to work as soon as possible, the NHS could soon be thrown under further pressure.

It’s at times like these that besides your perfectly aligned chair and desk, along with your comfortable space at home, that the communications within your business are top-notch – and that is where a modern intranet is crucial.

Consolidation of processes

You can use our Attollo intranet to do many jobs under one roof. You can create blogs, write news for the company, schedule meetings, meet face-to-face and do many more tasks without having to flick between several apps every few minutes. Ultimately this saves employees time, therefore increases productivity.

Sharing and storage

If workers end up being sent home to work remotely again, you’ll want to ensure that they can access all the data they need from home. This includes important HR documents, guidance on certain topics, company figures and project files.

By having an out of the box intranet like Attollo, you can be sure that staff can access internal documents whether they’re at home or on the move.

Manage productivity

As you won’t be working with colleagues face-to-face it can be hard keeping tabs on workloads and check if tasks are being completed on time and correctly, without the help of an intranet.

Tasks can be signed off in real time so that everyone can see where a project is up to, saving time and costs. After all, while an employee is logged on, they could be preoccupied with something else. An intranet can keep everyone in check.

Community feel

As you will know, working from home for long lengths of time can be lonely, especially if you’re used to your morning coffee break with your workmates. Morale can be low if employees have no one to bounce ideas off, receive praise from or ask for help.

An intranet system can provide a sense of community, as team meetings can be set up on Attollo, which sits on SharePoint. This means colleagues can instantaneously contact each other and receive feedback, as well as move up a leader board or take part in usual office activities from afar.

Personal directory

A modern intranet allows you to access a directory of all your colleagues in each department, so less time is wasted emailing and calling around trying to find a certain person to do a specific task. Simply look them up in a personal directory and find them in a matter of seconds.

If you want to get prepared ahead of a winter wave, contact Attollo and see how we can improve things for your business.

By Sam Dolan

Sam Dolan is a consultant for Attollo specialising in Intranets, SharePont & Microsoft 365.

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