The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on our day-to-day living and business activities in many ways. It has dramatically changed the manner in how Malaysians connect and collaborate with our communities and businesses. It has totally changed our lifestyles and created new norms. Work conventions have dramatically evolved. Today’s workplace is no longer just the offices we report to.
As part of efforts to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, the Malaysian government announced the Movement Control Order (MCO), which started from 18 March 2020, with the closure of all government and private companies except those involved in essential services. Although the Conditional MCO has now replaced the MCO and most businesses have resumed operations, communities are still required to follow the Standard Operating Procedures when they leave home for their office, or to buy food or groceries. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation Director-General at a recent media briefing on 2 October 2020 said the world is still grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
So, what then is the critical proposition for businesses in today’s new norm of business operations? It lies in two key aspects: Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity.