rwt-as logo
Story image

Coronavirus: Businesses providing laptops to employees for remote working

New researched has revealed that one in five New Zealanders have cancelled or changed their travel plans, due to ongoing concerns of the Covid-19 outbreak hitting the globe, while many businesses are providing laptops to enable employees to work from home.

The national research, by online research agency Opinion Compare, was conducted from 6-11 March 2020 surveyed 858 people and revealed key concerns and fears New Zealanders have about Coronavirus, and how it is affecting their life and work.

According to the research, planning for the outbreak seems to be taking up a lot of staff time for many and those who work in education seem most affected with students not coming from overseas.

Procedures and special measures that have been taken on by businesses are reminders about general health and safety and hygiene policies with hand sanitisers readily available in all businesses, the survey found.

Some businesses are also getting ready for more staff to potentially work from home by providing laptops or remote access. Businesses have also cancelled international travel for staff and non-essential domestic travel.

The survey found that while 73% of New Zealand respondents do not feel that Coronavirus has affected them personally, 69% are worried it is going to affect the status of the economy in the next 6-12 months.

Of those who felt personally affected by the virus, 43% are somewhat or very fearful of Coronavirus. The survey showed they are most fearful of passing it onto their elderly family/ relatives or their children;, how it will affect themselves, or family members with autoimmune disease; having to cancel travel plans; and job losses or being unable to work because of the virus.

Despite worries about the economy and the fears of those affected, the majority of respondents to the survey haven’t changed or delayed any major life decisions like buying a house or car, changing job, or investing in property or shares. However, 18% have cancelled or changed their travel plans.

Over half (53%) believe the government is accurately reporting the severity of Coronavirus. Interestingly, only 10% have taken to stockpiling essentials and 85% believe the media has contributed to the hysteria around stockpiling.

From a business perspective, 60% of respondents feel the business they work for or own has been affected by Coronavirus. 20% have supply chain issues, and 13% say wellbeing of staff is down. Interestingly there are a few businesses that say they are busier than ever due to their competitors having stock issues.

Story image
RMIT, Siemens and Festo team up to establish Australian-focused digital innovation hub
“The announcement comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is fundamentally forcing Australians and Australian businesses to look for new ways to keep the engines of the economy running.”More
Story image
The need for speed: What if tech could work as fast as your imagination?
Einstein famously said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’. And businesses sure must be imaginative right now, which leads to the question: what if technology could work as fast as the imagination?More
Story image
Cloud migration needs to be an urgent priority for enterprises
There’s a strong sense of urgency for companies to move away from archaic and costly systems and towards establishing a clear plan for cloud migration and digital transformation before the year is out.  More
Story image
Illumio launches Zero Trust endpoint protection solution for our digital, remote world
“As organisations were forced to transform overnight to allow for remote work, a host of endpoint security issues that have either been ignored or invisible until now were brought to the forefront."More
Story image
Australians keen to continue working from home, study finds
There may some inherent biases at play – younger employees are less likely to be offered a permanent work from home arrangement or have offered to work from home but their employer has declined. More
Story image
Network transformation and remote enablement in times of global change
Remote workforces need to access corporate networks from their homes, which means those networks need to be more flexible and scalable than ever before. More