As the Coronavirus pandemic gathers steam, we have seen an unprecedented spike in remote working, as many companies of all shapes and sizes are telling their employees to work from home.  The list is growing day by day, and includes both global giants like Apple, Cisco, Google and Microsoft to smaller firms.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is even telling companies to cancel in-person gatherings in favor of video meetings and web demos.

While some jobs are very difficult to perform virtually, modern communications and collaboration offerings like Webex Calling, Teams and Meetings are making the transition to remote working possible for millions of workers.  Cisco even recently announced that it would give away trial versions of Webex Meetings to help companies navigate the communications challenges surrounding the outbreak.

With the ever-growing number of connected devices entering the workplace and the ever-rising share of the workforce comprised of tech-forward millennial employees, the trend towards remote working and virtual teams has been advancing for years.  But the acceleration in recent days has been staggering, and the number inquiries our team is fielding about enabling virtual working has shot up more than 400% in just a couple weeks.  What has also been surprising is that many workers, particularly knowledge workers and technology workers, have been equally effective at home vs. in the office.  There are of course many employees who are not able to work from home, particularly service workers, but the way our workforce continues to morph and shift is remarkable. 

Having the right collaboration platform in place to facilitate communication – whatever the environment – is a prerequisite for success.  At Altus, we are very proud to be one of the leading Webex partners in North America, offering a complete cloud-based solution including calling, teams and meetings for a low monthly price.  We hope you and your colleagues are able to stay healthy and safe through this epidemic, and don’t hesitate to reach out if we can enable your mobile workforce.


About Altus

Altus is the premier service provider for Webex calling and collaboration, providing companies of all shapes and sizes with flexible and secure technologies that help employees and customers stay connected more easily.  Whether looking for basic voice service, comprehensive video collaboration, conferencing, or contact center, business executives trust Altus to deliver the latest features and functionality without costly capital spending programs.  Simplify your business with Altus.  Visit or call toll free 866.922.4001.