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Protecting yourself and your organisation in challenging times like these requires support, guidance, covering everything from physical wellbeing to policies for remote working and cyber security.

Remote working

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

If you don’t usually work from home, chances are there will be some bumps in the road if you have to suddenly go fully remote. The key to steering through these bumps is communication—especially with your customers. Either before you make the switch or as soon as you know it’s happening, come up with a plan that lays out expectations for how often you should check in with your team and how you’ll convey any changes or new assignments to one another. Do the same with anyone you usually work collaboratively with throughout the day.

This plan is likely to change as you go. And that’s OK. This is a new situation for everyone. So make sure to circle back and change the plan if problems come up. You’ll also encounter unique challenges as you try to do your job remotely, which can vary greatly. Don’t hesitate to reach out to NABAS and members. Keep in touch via the closed Facebook Page, updates will be posted on a regular basis.

If you haven’t already joined, please click (or copy and paste) this link, and click the Green  “+Join Group Button.

Share tips and ideas with the NABAS Community. Regular webinars are planned to take place, invitations will be e-mailed and posted on all social channels. Please Share What You Are Doing.

Cyber security

Your organisation no doubt has a robust cyber and data security system, but this can change when your colleagues and employees work from outside the office and on their own devices.

Our how to prevent IT disasters focuses on ways in which you can secure your cyber activity, and external support you can call upon if something does go wrong during a remote working situation.

As your employees move to remote working, it can be useful to share back-to-basics guidance on email calendars and instant messaging to ensure data is being kept safe across (potentially) multiple devices and the reputation of your brand or business is not compromised by inappropriate language or content in emails or messages sent on behalf of your organisation from a home working environment.

Supporting your employees

The government’s guidance on sickness absence and SSP is evolving as Covid-19 progresses, but keeping yourself and your employees up-to-date on each of your rights and responsibilities is key.

Having a rigorous staff wellbeing policy in place also ensures your employees feel safe and supported during uncertain times, whether they are working in their usual environment or remote working.

Your business will undoubtedly face challenges during the Covid-19 outbreak, whether it is loss of revenue, redundancy or outplacement policies or inability to provide your usual level of products or services. Our business resilience factsheet offers guidance around this.

Download our Covid Announcement here.

How NABAS Is Helping Members

NABAS Members are the forefront of our community and we understand that many of you are being impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To aid our members during this difficult time, please see below some of the options we can offer you.

  • Speak directly to the committee and other NABAS Members in our Weekly Zoom Meetings (check your inbox for invite)
  • Get ready for the fightback with our Social Media Workshops
  • Join our closed NABAS Facebook group for lots of tips and support from other members. If you haven’t already joined, please click (or copy and paste) this link, and click the Green  “+Join Group Button
  • Take a look at our new support hub where you will find lots of useful links, advice, government aids, help and support:
  • If needed we can look at a 3-month deferred membership option
  • No matter how big or small your business is, NABAS is here to support you through the months ahead and beyond

We are very aware that government guidance is changing on a daily basis, and we continue to monitor the situation closely. We will endeavour to adapt the support we provide for our NABAS Members as needed and will update this page as required. If you need our help or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us:

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