This winter has not been kind to the British workforce.

We have endured week upon week of record rainfall where such was the deluge that many of the defence barriers erected or constructed over previous years have just been overwhelmed.

As the rains were showing signs of receding there appeared another threat in the form of the Coronavirus, a hazard which is yet to be fully seen or realised but could affect business as well as the social cohesion of the population.

That the Government is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst is an indication to business that their contingency plans are likely to be tested in the near future, possibly to an extent we have not seen in recent decades.

Many employees will be encouraged to work from home in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus and communication with these employees will be crucial in order to retain productivity.

The UK already has a large home working sector for whom this situation will be taken in their stride but for others working from home will be a new experience.

Staff will need to be supported whilst working from home; they need to be made to feel they are still part of ‘the team’.

Inclarity, the supplier of cloud-based and hosted telephony solutions for business that enable the fast and easy set up of home working has the experience to provide advice and guidance for companies concerned over home working employees.