The F Word

By GCI Director, Mark Lee

7 April 2020

The Coronavirus crisis, as well as impacting all of our lives in previously unimaginable ways, is bringing new buzzwords such as social distancing, self-isolating and now furloughing into daily use. Who knew what furlough meant until 10 days ago? The UK Government furlough job retention scheme announced on the 20th March will hopefully protect jobs in the mid and long-term by giving short-term financial support to UK businesses to the tune of £330 billion.

However, for businesses taking advantage of the scheme to furlough employees there are additional considerations and cost-saving opportunities available.

Staff on furlough must categorically NOT work for the business during this period and it is important to make sure that they don’t. Reading and responding to work related emails or other business correspondence is work, and furloughed employees need to be careful not to inadvertently cause themselves or the business difficulties down the line by typing a quick work email on their smart phone.

One strategy may be to lock furloughed users out of their mailbox and other systems, but this consequently risks important messages being missed, mailboxes reaching limits, mail being bounced, and data being lost, permanently. 

Getting this wrong could be problematic, but if it’s managed well businesses can ensure that both they and their employees comply with the furlough rules and protect their data and communications whilst also accessing additional cost-savings.

How? Read on….

Last week, GCI helped several of our customers reduce their monthly software licensing costs for each of their furloughed staff from £30 to £1 per month, whilst they are not in use. In response to customer demand, and the simple realisation that businesses should be doing this, GCI have launched the IT Service Furlough. Quite simply, we protect businesses data, we ensure that their email is managed and that they and their employees are compliant with the furlough rules – and that they can prove that they were compliant, if called upon to do so at some point in the future. 

If you would like to make a saving of £29 per month, on all IT using furloughed staff, we are happy to help. For more information, please contact enquiries or visit IT Service Furlough


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