Apttus a Fully Remote Organization through April 7, 2020
Like many global organizations, Apttus is adjusting to the realities of a new work environment under COVID-19 while maintaining productivity and serving our customers. Yesterday, as part of a proactive dry run of systems and processes, our employees around the world worked remotely.
It’s a testament to everyone’s commitment to Apttus’ core values that we were able to prep so quickly and make this happen. With credit to our incredibly nimble employees and responsive IT team, the exercise went as well as I’d hoped for. As a result, we have decided to operate as a fully remote organization—with everyone continuing to work away from global Apttus offices—through (at minimum) Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
In the meantime, I spend my time trying to uphold the social distancing framework outlined by both federal and local governments. Doing so has an acute way of changing work dynamics—my customer interactions are now completely virtual.
We’ve enacted response measures similar to those of other companies, including travel restrictions, wellness education, and office cleaning protocols. Apttus’ cross-functional Business Continuity Planning team has convened, as well, to plan for contingencies and ensure that our employees have the latest news and information about our company’s response to the pandemic.
(This reflects our CONNECT THE DOTS value, where we explicitly commit to “communicate proactively, rain or shine.” And this situation definitely feels like rain!)
Thankfully, I have the advantage of a network of peer CEOs with whom I check in regularly to learn what new or different approaches they’re taking. It’s encouraging to find that employee and family health and wellbeing are foremost in everyone’s minds.
On the personal front, while not self-quarantining, I do stay in close touch with at-risk family members who need to. We haven’t hoarded any essentials, as the stores in our area seem to have plenty of stock on their shelves. This despite the fact that my primary residence is in the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak: King County, Washington.
I pray that civility prevails and that we all take the opportunity to help those who need it most.
On behalf of everyone at Apttus, I wish you good health.