We are in unprecedented times. With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and the incredible speed at which things are changing around us, it seems everyone needs to be able to adapt and make changes fast. Almost all forms of businesses worldwide are experiencing dramatic changes to the way they conduct business as a result of the outbreak. It’s still unclear how long these unusual times will continue which means some changes are likely to become permanent. Those who can adapt quickly and incorporate change into their day to day activities will likely have a higher chance of success and even survival when all is said and done with the Pandemic.
Change is the new constant
From the need to update various Standard Operating Procedures to creating new instructions or training materials to support the “Work From Home” way of doing business, using electronic solutions to conduct quick changes to your business processes is imperative. Many systems and electronic tools have proven to be vital to business continuity these days and Zoom is just one of many.
Making fast changes does not mean compromising the integrity or your ability to stay compliant with regulations. On the contrary. Companies should be able to conduct changes with integrity and confidence that compliance is never compromised whether related to a specific business or industry or to global regulations related to privacy (e.g. HIPPA) or employee safety (e.g. OSHA).
Selecting the right systems to support Change
Some changes require the rigor of a robust system that complies with strict regulations. In the life science industry, any changes need to be thoroughly documented, governed by an audit trail and electronic signatures to support the integrity of the process. This applies to changes to documentations, processes, production activities and even Information Technology.
The profile of such systems include a simple and secure web-based access, available to any stakeholders involved in conducting change activities anywhere, anytime and on any device. Built-in notifications, analytics and business rules should also be available to support speedy changes in line with the external environment conditions.
So go ahead and make your changes now, fast and with complete confidence. Don’t let these challenging times limit your ability to adapt to the changing business environment and your requirements. With hindsight, it will be one of the best decisions you’ve made during the Coronavirus outbreak.
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