Many businesses and people are struggling as the COVID-19 pandemic hurts small businesses, cancels events, and forces people to practice social-distancing.

Having technology on our side allows us to maintain productivity and ensure life will continue at a somewhat new-normal clip. There are three key reasons why technology will pull us all through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remote work capabilities: You might have never dreamed you’d be writing your next big report from your kitchen, but here we are. Many employers have sent their employees to work from home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

With reliable remote access, work continues without interruption – aside from helping the kids with school assignments and the occasional “best friend” needing a walk.

Virtual events and streaming: Event organizers across the country have been canceling or postponing events, or moving them online. Technology allows these events to continue without hiccups. Artists taking to Facebook Live to perform, speakers moving to platforms like Zoom or YouTube, and churches across the world streaming services reveals the tip of the iceberg when it comes to streaming technology.

Communication: Video chat, online messaging, email and phone communication will keep the world connected through this challenging time. We’re quickly seeing how important it is to communicate with our family, friends and colleagues for work, pleasure and peace of mind.

Our business and sanity depend on staying in contact with people. Just because the world is social distancing does not mean we have to stop socializing, period.

Socializing through technology is crucial to our professional and personal health. Make sure you aren’t isolating yourself mentally during these physically different times.

It is unknown how long measures stemming from COVID-19 will last, but with technology, thankfully, the world will continue to move forward.

Nobody understands the role technology plays better than a deeply experienced Managed IT Services team. With everyone facing the need to work remotely and be available for video calls and meetings, you and your team must operate as seamlessly and securely as possible.

If you are looking for a seamless solution to your remote work difficulties, look into a smart office service from your internet service provider. Some providers offer a service that lets you and your team connect and collaborate safely from anywhere at any time. This type of service will take the stress out of redesigning your business’s online systems.

Lynn Hall is the general manager of Hargray.