Posted by Amy Buckner Chowdhry on Jan 1, 1970

As Covid-19 (the latest coronavirus strain) rapidly grows into a global epidemic, now is the time for urgent, bold, and thoughtful response plans from companies across the world. The World Health Organization said this week it is “time to pull out all the stops.” Epidemiologists anticipate that if not contained 5-10 million people across the globe could die from the virus. 

UX Research teams and other qualitative-focused research companies need to shift business strategy now. We have a moral obligation to define our role in minimizing transmission of the virus. AnswerLab is making 3 commitments:

  1. To support the health and safety of every employee, client, and participant
  2. To fulfill our social responsibility to minimize transmission of the virus and
  3. To ensure that clients continue to receive the insights they need in a timely fashion to support critical business decisions

So, AnswerLab will be converting all in-person research to remote methodologies.

This week, AnswerLab will begin the process of converting all in-person research to remote methodologies, temporarily closing our SF, NYC, and Gurgaon offices with employees working from home, and temporarily suspending travel for our team members. We will continue to monitor the progress of the virus in order to determine when in-person research can resume. 

The vast majority of our research will seamlessly switch to remote approaches leveraging our favorite tools and platforms. A few research projects may not be feasible in a remote environment, so we will postpone them until after this first wave of the coronavirus has passed. If you are a client with a near-term project, expect to hear from your AnswerLab Strategist shortly.

We understand this decision may have a near-term financial impact on our business. That’s a risk we have prepared for and are willing to take in order to support the greater social good. 

Today, we are asking all qualitative researchers to share this short-term commitment to remote research. The more we can each do our part to minimize the spread of the virus, the more we can support the health of humans across the globe and the long-term financial stability of all. 

To help, download our Guide to Remote Research.

Written by

Amy Buckner Chowdhry

Amy Buckner Chowdhry founded AnswerLab over a decade ago to help the world’s leading brands build better digital products. Under her watch, AnswerLab has grown to become a trusted UX insights partner to companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and more. She was named one of Fortune’s 10 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, one of EY’s 10 Entrepreneurial Winning Women, one of San Francisco Business Times’ Forever Influential Women Business Leaders, and Watermark’s Top 10 Women Who Have Made Their Mark. More about Amy→

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