This virus is going to change the way we engage, the way we work and will change the face of business as we know it.
A workforce that knows how to work effectively, efficiently and affordably from home is going to be critical.
If you or your team needs foundational guidance on how to set up remote teams, Priority VA can help.
In the coming days we’ll be rolling out support opportunities that can help you mitigate the learning curve this new challenge brings.
A few things you can do right now to prepare for a disruption:
1. Get your files in the cloud. Shocking to think some people don’t do this, but make sure all employees have cloud based file sharing. Be sure you have backups in place. Minimize downtime by taking steps NOW to prepare for remote work. SECURE YOUR DATA!
2. Protect passwords, be sure you have a chain of command to get information should someone fall ill.
3. Be sure you have updated emergency information for all your employees. If you need to track back, you don’t want to have to hunt for information.
4. Have a customer service plan. People are going to start having questions, quickly, so be sure you have a plan to answer questions in a timely manner. A quick FAQ page on your website is a great start, but the amount of email and calls you may get inquiring about your plan to support customers is important to get started on, now. You’ll likely see an uptick in customer service requests, so be sure you’re staffed accordingly.
5. Be proactive. Don’t wait to communicate with your team or your customers. Fear mongering isn’t going to help, we do need to take swift decisive action to support our people. A simple email, call and a few social posts will get the word out about your plans.
6. There is going to be a ton of rescheduling, communication and coordination in the wake of this. Get support to be sure your teams and customers are communicated with timely, properly and with a plan.
7. Manage the stress. This is a terrible time for a lot of people. Do what you can to mitigate the stress. Ensure you’re eating well, sleeping well and having productive conversations about what to do, not fear infested panic, but proactive productive solution driven conversations.
8. Get support. Working remotely is a great option and is possible for large percentages of companies but it also takes coordination, proactivity and a support infrastructure to ensure team members are encouraged, equipped, empowered and engaged to work in new ways.
If you’re a Founder or CEO and need support making this transition or if you’re or on a team whose job is affected by this pandemic, reach out to us.
You don’t have to feel alone, stuck and out of control in this. We’ve got you.
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We’ve put together an 8 part video series to quickly get leaders and their teams up to speed working remotely and effectively. Watch the entire series or pick and choose the topic that you need to get started right away.
Video 1 – Helping Employees Adjust to Working From Home (14:30)
Video 2 – Remote Leadership: The Basics (17:07)
Video 3 – How to Engage & Motivate the Team (10:49)
Video 4 – How to Empower a Virtual Team (11:35)
Video 5 – Conducting Virtual Team Meetings (6:47)
Video 6 – Using the 2 Strike Rule for Digital Communication (7:52)
Video 7 – How to Maintain Productivity and Performance (12:04)
Video 8 – The Importance of Empathy in Remote Leadership (5:50)
Harvard Business Review: Lead Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis
Priority VA: How To Communicate With A Distributed Team
Lacy Boggs: Livestream answers questions about how/if you should be marketing and selling right now, how to launch, how to message around live events etc
Jenny Fenig: Released a podcast on “Growing Your Business While Homeschooling Your Kids” that is very helpful right now. You can listen HERE
Autumn Witt Boyd is an experienced intellectual property and has assembled her own legal resource page full of everything you need to know legally to navigate the Coronavirus with grace and integrity. At www.awbfirm.com/covid19/, you’ll find videos and guides, including new contracts & best practices and more.
Virtual Summits Software makes it quick, easy, and painless to host a virtual summit. All New Users can gain free access for up to 4 months to host your virtual event. It is easy to use, straight-forward (even for the “non-techies”), efficient, and a professional representation of your brand online
Working Remote – Staying Connected
Jordan Axani from Shift Collab provided this webinar replay to cover the transition from working in the office to working at home. It can be difficult to continue to feel connected. You can also read more about this topic on hid blog and the do’s and dont’s of this transition.
The Coronavirus Uncertainty Cure
Kelly Sullivan Ruta is a former clinical psychotherapist of two decades who evolved to become a sought after Breakthrough Strategist in the entrepreneurial world. She helps women elevate into the 1% by disrupting themselves to create a powerful identity that matches the business outcomes they desire.
Be sure to take adaquate time for yourself to destress and unwind. We love to use the deliscious sented candles from The Candle Lab around a warm bubble bath along with a glass of wine to help tune out the days frantic activity.
All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will remain available on metopera.org for 20 hours; the website’s home page link will open the performance on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service. Performances also will be viewable on all Met Opera on Demand apps.
Philip McKernan’s BaseCamp – 4 week online program – Retail price $295 – we have made this available for free. To access this online coaching program – please access here
Online Gym Access with Jeff McMahon
I’ve been in the health & wellness industry for over 13 years, and the past 6 years been training most online entrepreneurs like Pat Flynn, Amy Porterfield, John Dumas, Mike Kim, and many more!
I am here to help people along their health and wellness journey to create the best version of themselves. I’m opening up the first Premier Online Gym to people on March 18th for just $37/mo for the whole family. That’s live classes, kids classes, recorded classes, nutrition calls, games, prizes, app workouts, and so much more! Make sure you check it out at www.bettermev2.com.
Planet Fitness is offering FREE online at-home workouts that will be streaming starting March 16. They are open to anyone, including non-members!
The workouts will be live-streamed on their Facebook page at 7 pm ET each day. They will also be available to watch later, if you cannot join in the live stream.
No equipment is needed and the class last 20 minutes or less.
Meal Planning During Quarantines
Hi! I’m Erin Chase and I am on a mission to help you spend less money on your groceries!
Over the years, we’ve shared thousands of budget friendly recipes and have created hundreds of meal plans that will help you stay focused and confident in getting dinner on the table for your family.
Keeping a Heathy Mindset
Irene Pace – 3 Part Video Series
If you’ve already worn a rut between your computer and the kitchen while working from home, keep reading.
In 18 years as a registered dietitian, Irene’s counseled in hospitals, clinics, and corporations, published a best-selling book, coached online, inhaled countless donuts alone in her car, and discovered that a lot of food struggles have little to do with the food.
That pesky pull to food can become your powerful ally with the right shift in thinking: In this 3-part mini video series (8 min each), Irene empowers you to do just that. You can learn more about Irene Pace at www.irenepace.com.
Practice 1 – Feel the PULL
Practice 2 – Add a PAUSE
Practice 3 – Choose a PATH
DigitalMarketer is making its lab membership free for 14 days for all businesses and marketers impacted by COVID-19.
Dave Ramsey is giving away his Smart Money resources to furloughed or laid off workers HERE for those impacted by COVID-19.
Tax Information & Updates
On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor announced two new refundable tax credits that offer relief to employees, small and midsize businesses, and the self-employed under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. An article by Jonathan Medows has addition details.
Comcast announced it is offering low-income households who qualify and don’t currently have internet service the opportunity to sign up and receive complimentary service for 60 days. The service is part of changes to the company’s Internet Essentials program, which normally gives low-income families internet access at reduced prices of $9.95/month.
Those eligible for the program can sign up online or can call the company. Applicants who qualify for other federal assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Medicaid, could qualify for the service.
U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities.
The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability. Click on uhaul.com/storage to find the store nearest you. Contact the store by phone or visit in person to take advantage of the offer.
5 Tips for Parents Working From Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic with Jackie Flynn
Jackie Flynn is the founder and director of Counseling in Brevard, is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Registered Play Therapist, Trauma Therapist, Couples Counselor, Education Consultant, and Parent Coach. She is also the founder of EMDR and Play Therapy Integrated Support LLC, where she teaches therapists how to do trauma therapy with kids, as well as provides parent support via education and training. She is the creator of the following imagery books: Jackie Feels and Animal Imagery: EMDR Inner Resource Development. Her passion for helping children and families in a variety of settings inspired her to open a private practice group in Cocoa Village Florida where she provides caring, thoughtful counseling and therapy to individuals of all ages, families, couples, and groups.
Homeschooling While Working from Home – Training by Jenny Fenig
Jenny Fenig helps you remember who you truly are: a magic maker. Her work focuses on empowering creative women entrepreneurs to increase their confidence, impact, money and time-freedom by mixing modern with ancient practices. Jenny lives in the woods with her family in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
She’s also released a podcast on a similar topic prior to the current global situation titled “Growing Your Business While Homeschooling Your Kids”
In addition, Jenny has released a Homeschooling Resource and Tip Sheet with additional resources.
Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
Middle and Upper Schools
Student Success Agency is offering 100% Free support services for students through the end of the school year. Services include Academic Tutoring, At-Home Learning Guidance and College Advising for Middle and High School students. You can learn more Get Started HereScholastic Learn at Home –
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
-The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
Age of Learning
If you’re looking for educational screen time, they are providing free access to their award-winning digital library, ReadingIQ. Use the code LOVEREADING. You can also sign up for Adventure Academy, or get free access through your school district.
ABC Mouse is offering free memberships right now using the code SCHOOL7771. It’s a great resource for educational games and skills online for all ages of kids.
Ted Ed is offering interactive, daily video lessons developed alongside expert educators from all over the world. The lesson plans are free and can be delivered to your email daily.
Internet Options for Students on Low Income
The internet is no longer a service that’s useful to have. It’s a necessity, especially for students of all levels. Many schools embrace technology in and out of the classroom and even provide students with the hardware to complete assignments. These plans and programs can help you get online for less.
Caring for Aging Parents
Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH has assembled and recorded a video training and resource page for caregiving of the aging community. You can get her practical information on her Coronavirus caregiving page.