Work from home? Local company offers help as businesses change plans to keep workers safe


AUSTIN (KXAN) — With more cases of COVID-19 popping up across Texas, many across Central Texas are thinking about their next steps.

Some companies have already started to encourage employees to work from home, but not every business is ready to make that move.

Those at ActivTrak, an employee monitoring software company, understand and are offering a free webcast Wednesday.

“I think the remote worker sort of revolution if you will is becoming even more front and center with the threat of this virus,” Rita Selvaggi, the company’s CEO said.

Selvaggi and her team are used to working from home and depend on ActivTrak.

This is a look at ActivTrak’s Top Categories. (Source: ActivTrak)

The company’s tool allows them to manage and track their time online.

“Here you can see an overview of the time spent by category of activities like office work, chat and messaging, developer tools, email and others,” Javier Aldrete, the VP of Product at ActivTrak said.

Selvaggi describes it as a “sort of screen time for a company-owned laptop.”

The webcast will provide tips, tricks and tactics to ensure a business succeeds remotely in case of an emergency like the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“This is a worldwide issue,” she said.

ActivTrak’s webcast will go over things such as managing a team remotely, workforce productivity, flexibility in the office and the importance of creating a communication plan.

“I think those are some of the essentials,” she said. “It’s a planning process, we have a little bit of time right now so everybody should be thinking about what their plan is.”

Those who are interested can register at ActivTrak’s website. The webcast begins at 10 a.m., those who are unable to join the online webcast can download it after. The company will also offer a free guide to help businesses set up a plan.

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