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6 Ways The Tech Industry Is Confronting The Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the IT industry hard with supply chain disruptions, plunging stock prices and forecasts of reduced IT spending.

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Transforming Workforce Behavior  

Tech professionals are known to jet around the world at a frantic pace, mingling in office visits, conferences and seminars.

But when coronavirus started to spread beyond China, among the first measures the largest tech companies implemented to protect employees were travel restrictions, dramatically altering how business is done in an industry still largely fueled by interpersonal relationships.

Limiting air travel wasn’t enough, and before long, companies like Google started advising employees whose roles allowed to work remotely and stay out of offices.

Reducing face-to-face interactions is just one challenge the corporate world is trying to figure out. It’s clear that all businesses now must find ways to change the behavior of their workforces without cramping the effectiveness of their sales teams, hampering collaboration between engineering and product developers, and preventing executives from driving important deals.

In this new reality the tech industry, known for its innovation and willingness to disrupt norms, will take the lead in developing creative solutions to keep workers and partners productive while protecting them and the larger society from unnecessary risk.

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