COVID-19: A Remote Work Model As The New Normal

You don’t have to scroll through social media for long before finding posts touting how society is coping with the new realities thrust upon us by the coronavirus pandemic. From parents conquering the demands of distance learning to white-collar workers and even media personalities hosting video conference calls from their homes, many have come to embrace remote work as the new normal. Before COVID-19 the remote work model was considered a frivolous job perk reserved for the creative or tech workforce. Now, we are witnessing just how indispensable and business-critical it is for an organization to have a remote work strategy and software solution in place as a part of its business model.

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Technology is no longer a cost-prohibitive hindrance to doing business. It has evolved considerably since its steam-powered inception during the first Industrial Revolution. The current use of cloud-based technology characterized by unprecedented speed and capabilities is the newly emerging technological force in the latest and fourth Industrial Revolution.

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The continuing evolution of software coupled with Moore’s Law is providing the means for industries to work at scale. Traditional industries such as Legal, Marketing, Medical, and Finance are experiencing an upward trend in performing work remotely. Others, such as defense and commercial Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAV) hardware and services are just beginning to explore the possibility. Before COVID-19, the idea of working remotely was slowly gaining traction. Now, with the pandemic crippling some industries, the merits of having an emergency remote strategy and a long-term solution in place is becoming more of an operations-critical necessity and less of a frivolous perk.

Planning for the future
COVID-19 has served as the catalyst forcing us to rethink the necessity of physical locations to perform work. Do we really need to be in the office or do we simply need to access each other? Would your workforce be more productive working remotely or hindered by their need to be present in a physical location? Studies have shown that working remotely actually makes employees more productive. If your organization doesn’t have a remote work strategy in place, now is the time to consider developing one. There are a myriad of software solutions at your disposal to make the transition to a remote work model as seamless as possible — MS Office Teams, SharePoint, Zoom, Slack, Google Drive just to name a few. If some of the smartest people in the world are scrambling to work remote, what’s your plan?

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Curiosity Science Operations Team Chief Carrie Bridge controlling a Mars Rover from home. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Free 90-day account for satellite builders and operators affected by COVID-19
In the space arena we understand how social distancing and stay-at-home orders are hindering satellite design, build and operations. Given these constraints, we are extending a free 90-day Major Tom account to satellite builders and operators affected by COVID-19. Major Tom is our cloud-based mission control software designed to simplify and streamline operations by allowing operators remote access to satellites. Click here to learn more about Major Tom and this special offer to help operators affected by COVID-19.

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