There is no silver bullet or playbook for business continuity amid the COVID-19 crisis. To help, NSCA is focused on providing pragmatic business advice with the central goal of helping our member companies stay in business.
Many of NSCA’s Business Accelerator and Member Advisory Council partners are focused on the same: providing valuable business continuity advice based on their respective areas of expertise.
Here, we’ve listed several business continuity resources from NSCA partners that may be helpful to you. We add to this list as we learn about other credible resources.
Applying for Government Assistance
Our friend Verne Harnish, author of Scaling Up and a Business & Leadership Conference (BLC) keynoter, suggests that companies consider adding an expense line item called COVID-19 to allocate expenses related to staff and personal time spent dealing with the crisis. He pointed us toward a video by fellow BLC keynoter Ron Lovett, author of Outrageous Empowerment, that explains why doing so will make it easier to apply for government assistance (if and when it becomes available).
Understanding Tax Impact
It’s challenging to keep up with policy and legislative changes as our governments react to COVID-19 and its impact on the economy. NSCA Business Accelerator alliantgroup recently conducted a webinar aimed at providing clarity around these tax and policy updates. It addresses what changes are on the horizon and what various relief provisions mean for U.S. businesses. Find the archived webinar here.
Adjusting to Work-from-Home Cybersecurity
NSCA embraces resources and advice from Defendify when it comes to cybersecurity. As you adjust to a work-from-home (WFH) culture, there are new cybersecurity considerations. Defendify offers a handy checklist of WFH cybersecurity considerations for your organization. Find it in our Essentials Library.
Meanwhile, Defendify conducted a webinar, Cybersecurity From Home: Safety Tips for WFH Situations, intended to answer questions and offer tips about keeping remote workforce data secure against cyber-threats. Find the archived webinar here. Plus, there’s an informative blog.
Considering Your HR Response
NSCA Business Accelerator Insperity provides many NSCA members with HR and benefits strategies. The group offers a blog that outlines important considerations. Many of these points are already on leaders’ minds, but there many be some new angles here. It goes even deeper in Insperity’s Response to COVID-19 Resource Center.
It even formed the Insperity Business Continuity Support Team, a task force designed to help small and medium-sized businesses maintain operations and business continuity through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19: Navigating Through a Pandemic is the first in a series of weekly webinars to help businesses through these uncertain times. Additional resources include:
- Direct advice and guidance to clients from Paul Sarvadi, chairman and chief executive officer, via a video message that discusses the importance of being a leader, taking care of your people, Insperity initiatives, and more
- A dedicated COVID-19 resource section on the Insperity Premier platform, an industry-leading cloud-based human capital management system, with up-to-date information related to the pandemic
- A variety of resources on the Insperity website, including important links, relevant blogs, and valuable information and guidelines
Investing in Work-from-Home Essentials
Does productivity from your home office seem impossible? NSCA Business Accelerator Lenovo is offering special deals right now to help you smarten up your desk space and block out distractions. Find details here.
Addressing Shipping Concerns
Considered critical infrastructure, NSCA Business Accelerator UPS continues to ship worldwide. Get details here about how shipments may be impacted – and what UPS is doing to help slow the spread during package pickup and delivery.
Training Newly Remote Employees on Teams and Webex
In this archived webinar, NSCA Business Accelerator OfficePro trainers run down the basics to help your employees get up and running quickly with Microsoft Teams or Cisco Webex. The goal is to quickly create productive remote employees.
Getting the Office/Cleaning Supplies You Need
NSCA Business Accelerator Office Depot is offering $25 and $50 coupons to help ease the financial crunch for integrators. Download them here.
Taking Steps to Reduce Risk
NSCA members often turn to insurance provider and NSCA Business Accelerator partner TrueNorth to analyze and reduce risks. As companies deal with a litany of new risks amid the COVID-19 crisis, TrueNorth offers its Coronavirus Resource Center which breaks down advice into various categories with action items and additional resources.
Enhancing Your Remote Tools
SystemSurveyor knows that now more than ever integration firms need the ability to do remote system design and conduct virtual site surveys. So it has issued a webinar on those very topics.