In this article, you will find what businesses need to know about weathering the COVID-19 storm. Especially, if you’re being thrown into managing your team remotely for the first time.

The total number of global cases has surpassed 165,000, including more than 6,400 deaths. Over 70,000 patients are reported to have recovered. Here are the latest updates from around the world:

● WHO classifies COVID-19 as a pandemic

● China says it has passed the “peak” of its outbreak

● Italy records more than 24,000 cases

● Denmark goes on a 14-day lockdown

● The US introduces travel ban on Europe as number of cases surpass 1,000

● CDC raises Europe travel warning

● Greece reports first death

● India stops border crossings

● NBA suspends season

● Tom Hanks tests positive

Where COVID-19 Has Spread Around the World

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This data visualization shows how many countries have reported 10 or more COVID-19 cases over time, from the start of the Coronavirus outbreak through 10 March. To see the current spread of the coronavirus, you can use the following ​world map.​

Coronavirus Can be Avoided by Working from Home

As the coronavirus looms worldwide, industry giants like Microsoft, Hitachi, Oracle, Twitter, and Apple are asking their employees to work remotely. Similarly, big tech firms ramp up remote working orders are restricting all non-essential business travel as a measure against the rapidly-spreading virus.

Who’s Staying at Home because of COVID-19?

The stayinghomeclub website is the running list of all the companies WFH or events changed because of COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 crisis has now reached a new critical phase, your company might need to create, revise, or implement policies for remote work, business trips, business continuity, and recovery. Below you will find some tips on telecommuting, interviewing, working and travelling.

Crisis Communication during Coronavirus Outbreak

How are you going to organize 100 people conferences remotely? Do you have a way to do collaborative whiteboarding? Are you capable of visually providing feedback? Below, you can find some tools that can help to increase productivity, cut travel costs, and protect staff from the coronavirus outbreak.

Best Project Management Tool

Jira

Jira is a widely used work management tool for distributed teams. It is mainly used by developers and marketers to assign and track projects with their remote teams.

Trello

Trello is a project management tool for remote teams that provides you with an interactive task management panel where you can manage teams, projects, and priorities with the use of cards and boards.

Fibery

In a nutshell, Fibery is an all-in-one tool for a small company that allows you to track software development projects, plan products, track vacations, blog posts, store and write documents. This tool enables you to create custom apps as well.

Asana

Asana allows you seamlessly create, assign and manage tasks, organize them according to projects, and communicate with employees. Also, you can upload files from Google Drive, Dropbox, and other sources.

Team Collaboration Tool

Slack

Slack is a collaboration hub that can replace email and messaging apps to help a team work together seamlessly. It’s designed to support the way people naturally work together, so you can collaborate with people online as efficiently as you do face-to-face.

Skype

Skype is a telecommunications’ app focused on providing video chat and voice calls. Also, it provides instant messaging services.

Zoom

Zoom is a video communications’ tool, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars.

GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is one of the easiest conferencing services to use, and its video conferencing feature keeps the app relevant in today’s competitive market.

If You Can’t See Your Employees, How Do You Know They Are Working?

Now you know the essential project management and communication tools that can help teams stay in sync. But there are additional things to keep in mind. So, how to know if your remote employee is really working. Let’s find it out.

Yaware

● Hubstaff.com

DeskTime

● TimeCamp

● TimeDoctor

How to Pay Remote Employees?

Managing a remote team may seem complicated at first, especially with logistics like payments to think about. In this part, we will outline payment services to use to pay remote team member.

Hubstaff

PayPal

Payoneer

Skrill

Bitwage

Transpay

Xoom

● TransferWise

Where to Find Developers to Boost Your Team for a Given Project?

You can search for a developer through sources like LinkedIn, Indeed, Upwork, People Per Hour, AngelList, Guru, Behance, and Reddit. If you’re looking for a software company, suitable resources include GoodFirms, Appfutura, and Clutch. You can also check out some lists of the top software development firms:

● World’s Top 50+ Mobile App Development Companies in 2020

● Top IT outsourcing companies

● Top 30 Custom Software Development Companies

Prepare Now for the Next Crisis

COVID-19 is not a one-shot challenge. We should expect further phases to the current epidemic or additional epidemics in the future. Preparing for the next phase of the crisis now is likely to be much more effective than a response when the crisis actually hits. Take care of yourself.

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