April 13, 2020 by Nasir Baki
As a global pandemic, COVID-19 has not only affected the health of people and the well-being of society, it has shown that no business owner is immune to world events that devastate the economy—but it is no excuse to find a way to move a business forward in the toughest of conditions. SMEs and micro-businesses like us, IPSB Technology make up two-thirds of the workforce of the country and contribute 40% of Malaysia's economy.
To soften the blow for the nation until this COVID-19 dust settles, our Prime Minister announced various stimulus packages valued more than RM 280 billion to ensure the nation’s workforce still have jobs, companies are supported and families are taken care of. However, the role that us as employers play in the response to coronavirus is therefore critical. In my own case, thinking about the twenty employees and their families is first, and that is through preparing our business for the worst, how to support employees through school closures, self-isolation and adapting to the new normal.
What came to my mind was that the decision to go into technology 20 years ago should not be wasted, as part of an immediate risk management response and contingency planning for the future.
IPSB People to Stay Safe & Connected
As our biggest asset, IPSB people know that we want them to stay safe, that we will support them as they deal with the impact of travel restrictions, school closures, the need to care of relatives, and being responsible citizens within their communities.
Leverage on Technology