Round 2 of Lockdown - Are you ready?

Round 2 of Lockdown - Are you ready?

Following Boris Johnson's announcement on Saturday that we are going to have to go into a second lockdown, this is a critical time now for organisations to consider and plan for the impact of the lockdown on their organisations to ensure that they can keep operating wherever possible and minimise disruption.

We wanted to share with you the key factors that you may need to consider:

1. What's your plan?

What went well during the last lockdown?

What are the lessons learned?  What were the critical factors?  What could you have done and what will you do differently?

2. What risks does this pose to your supply chain?

The last lockdown had a huge impact on supply chains all over the world and caused production to stop entirely or caused delays. Businesses should review the risks that this second lockdown could pose to their supply chains and take action to mitigate any potential risks.

3. Do you know what your customers want?

Communicating effectively with your customers has been and will continue to be a key consideration during the pandemic.  You will need to act fast and ensure that your clients are kept up-to-date with any changes that have had to take place within your organisation as a result of the lockdown.

4. How does your IT help you?

In the last lockdown most businesses around the globe had to shift their workforce to remote working.  If lockdowns become the norm, businesses should seek to review and optimise their IT systems to support the long-term sustainability of working remotely.

Equally critical is staff training and organisations should further invest in training their workforce on how to best use the systems implemented to work more efficiently and increase productivity.

5. Upskill and cross train the workforce

To ensure business continuity, employers should look to cross train the workforce to maximise flexibility and be able to redeploy staff as needed during the lockdown.

6. What is the mental health of your workforce?

The mental health and wellbeing of your employees should be at the forefront of all conversations relating to planning and preparing for the next lockdown.  This could have a dramatic impact on mental health and could leave employees feeling anxious and demotivated.

By following these key factors, it could be the make or break of how you move forward as an organisation.

We hope that you've found this information useful.

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