To work in the office or work remotely? That is a common question today. With many businesses in limbo amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, Zoho has an answer for returning to work.
Zoho Corporation is a global technology company offering the most extensive suite of business software applications in the industry. This week they launched the new app BackToWork.
It helps businesses and organizations safely transition into the workplace through a modular approach. The app addresses all concerns employees have about returning to offices.
Transition aided by six modules
Free for the rest of 2020, BackToWork helps managers stay organized and craft a safe process to bring back employees into offices. It does this using six modules:
- Safe Entry enables managers to control access to facilities based on the wellness and travel history of employees. This contactless check-in system uses QR codes.
- Employee Wellness Assessment tracks workplace wellness by defining self-assessment, safe-entry and travel policies. The secure and private questionnaires track travel histories, recent medical histories, and other possible exposure histories.
- Maintenance and Assets powers the management of assets and building maintenance requests.
- Admin Control Panel uses pre-configured dashboards for workplace data. It can also be used to add and manage employees and define roles.
- Volunteer helps companies manage their volunteer programs.
- Communication shares announcements, FAQs, best practices, policies and safety documents.
BackToWork, available through web, iOS and Android, enables organizations to deploy advanced customization through Zoho Creator.
Available languages are:
- German (coming soon)
The new app can also be integrated into top HR platforms like Zoho People and BambooHR. Integration works also with directory services like Active Directory and Zoho Directory.
More BackToWork modules are also in the works, including a travel management module and a video-conference integration module.
Ongoing Relief Efforts
The new app, powered by Zoho Creator, is a part of the ongoing relief efforts of the company for businesses struck hard by Covid-19.
It adds to Remotely, a free suite of 11 business applications to help organizations move to remote work. Since the global tech company launched the product in March, more than 25,000 organizations have used Remotely. It will remain free until September 1.
Zoho has also launched its small business emergency subscription assistance program (ESAP). The program currently gives nearly 20,000 small businesses free access to existing Zoho applications.
In April, Zoho introduced its Vertical Relief Plan (VRP) for businesses in the retail, government and non-profit, and education sectors. Businesses receive tailored tools and assistance programs during the pandemic.
"We've seen tremendous successes from businesses moving their entire operations quickly onto the Remotely platform. Likewise, we've seen customers applying to ESAP and rebuilding their organizations online using the VRP," Zoho’s Raju Vegesna said. "Now that organizations are planning to re-open in some parts of the world, we want to help them resurge, this time through BackToWork, an application enabling companies to maintain end-to-end workplace safety."