Maintaining a strong connection with the enterprise workforce is paramount to maintaining employee confidence and productivity in times of disruptions. According to Emily Stapf, Partner in PwC’s Cybersecurity and Privacy practice, “Business disruptions today and the requirements of remote work presents enterprise leaders with many new challenges. For example, business and technology leaders must be able to connect quickly and consistently with their workforce to know what percentage and which employees are able to work effectively each day, and to identify and resolve productivity hurdles.”
In addition, David Sapin, Partner for PwC Connected Solutions, says “the ability to obtain the information needed to better protect the workforce, mitigate business risks and build confidence around returning to work has quickly become a new standard requirement of workforce management.”
To meet these challenges, PwC launched Check In, a suite of 2 products focused on worker safety and productivity. The first is Status Connect, aimed to help employers understand where employees are working—remotely, from an office, in another location—in seconds not days, and identify those not able to work at all or that lack resources necessary to be productive. The second solution, Automatic Contact Tracing, or ACT, will be available at the beginning of May 2020. ACT is a mobile app that can collect proximity information anonymously and allows managers to effectively and precisely notify employees when they may have come into contact with an at-risk colleague.
According to IDC, “PwC’s overarching goal with this release is to assist organizations with strategic workforce development and alignment with a focus on increasing productivity. It also gives organizations a way to manage risk of exposure and gives employees confidence as workforces are reintroduced back to the offices.”
*IDC Link, PwC Launches Unique Solutions to Reduce Risk in the Move to Remote Work, April 2020