How the coronavirus is changing tech and 5 things to do about it

Let’s start with the good news.

Statistically speaking, the overwhelming probability is that you won’t get the so-called coronavirus (Covid-19). And if you do get it, you’ll very likely have a full recovery.

At some point in the near future, the coronavirus will be contained. A vaccine will be developed and made widely available. It will probably be with us for decades, at least, with a predictable number of people affected each year.

The bad news is more familiar and immediate. At press time, coronavirus cases exceeded 100,000. The news is screaming about death and disease. Fear and panic. Cities blockaded. Flights cancelled. Widespread disruption. Conferences suspended. Economic impact.

The news that affects workplace technology culture is major. But it’s less clear whether it’s good or bad in the long run. Here are the dizzyingly fast changes the coronavirus is forcing on your organization.

Office work is shifting to remote work

Tech companies Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter, Square, Lyft, Coinbase, Bungie and Zoom…

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