In compliance with Virginia’s Executive Order 53, non-essential businesses are rapidly expanding their telework programs to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. One of the challenges that employers may face is an urgent need for new technology to help employees stay connected with colleagues while working remotely. Fortunately, there are plenty of free resources, tools, and services available to help your teams collaborate, no matter where they are.
The pandemic is halting businesses around the world and impacting the workforce in Arlington County. See the latest updates to ensure business continuity and follow transit service changes for essential employees.
Telework’s popularity has soared recently, as everyone is social distancing and staying at home to flatten the curve. Some may be seasoned work-from-home (WFH) professionals, while others may be struggling with technology issues or adapting to the sudden isolation from coworkers. Our team at Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) is no different. Here’s a list of tips and tricks that helps us stay on track as we stay safe at home.
As part of WMATA’s Platform Improvement Project, the Vienna, Dunn Loring, and East Falls Church Metro Stations will be closed from May 23 through September 7. West Falls Church Metro Station will remain open as both Silver and Orange Line trains can pass through the closed stations but will not stop at them. We take a look at how your business can avoid any disruption to your employees’ daily commutes.
In consideration of the COVID-19 outbreak, Arlington Transportation Partners and WalkArlington have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual National Walking Day events scheduled on April 1, 2020. To ensure the health and safety of our event partners, participants, and our entire community, we encourage everyone to stay active while following social distancing measures recommended by the CDC and public health authorities. Earlier this week, Governor Ralph Northham emphasized that “everyone must play a role to help flatten the curve and mitigate the spread of this virus, and that starts with social distancing.”
On February 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines for businesses to prepare for the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. The situation has escalated with the CDC recommending social distancing and many organizations moving their workforce to telework. WMATA is also further reducing Metro trips to only serve essential trips only beginning March 18, 2020.
These emergency preparedness strategies can be used to prevent cold and flu-related absences year-round. See how your organization can manage employees switching to new working conditions.