Thousands of businesses entered 2020 full of optimism after excellent figures and achievements in the previous 12 months. Plans were set in motion to build upon that success and the early signs of January and February showed a continuation of the upward curve across many organisations. The coronavirus pandemic not only ensured that smaller businesses lost in excess of £69 billion but it also forced the hand of some the UK’s leading companies. More than a fifth of organisations have already made redundancies, which means that adaptability in the workplace has never been so important.
Up and down the country, there have been various business continuity management meetings to discuss the route forward once the country gets back to a degree of normality. The government’s job retention scheme bought businesses time, and undoubtedly saved them money, but the effects will be felt in many sectors for a while longer. As a company, you will need to have a thorough business continuity plan. If you have the necessary adaptation skills, then it will give you a better chance of succeeding in the long term.
Adaptability in the workplace: Clear goals are a must
Some businesses fall short by not having clear targets at both company and department level. Directors and owners must show adaptability in the workplace and reassess company aims. It is almost certain that there will be some adaptation to business plans following the outbreak of the coronavirus. The ability to streamline plans and create goals will not only be essential to growth, but it will also be a reassurance to employees. Many businesses are continuing to hire during the pandemic, but it is important to look at the job responsibilities and make any necessary adjustments in line with new targets.
Embrace the ‘one team’ culture
Retaining high-performing and loyal staff should be a major part of the business continuity plan. It has been a tough time mentally for the majority of employees since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The ability to look after and motivate staff to also show adaptability in the workplace should not be underestimated. It is important that employers boost their business culture following a period of uncertainty and that everyone is working together towards a common goal.
Adaptability in the workplace: Be digitally savvy
Whether that is your website, app or your social media accounts, you’ll have to optimise them as part of your business continuity management strategy. It is important that you are seeing a return on investment from your digital operations and retaining technologically savvy employees will help you to do that. Internet sales have increased by around 12% in the online retail industry over the last 12 months, so the likes of website personalisation and search engine optimisation should feature in your adaptation planning. Companies should also use cloud-based accounting services to aid the efficiency of human resources and financial operations. Using automation platforms can be a great cost-saving measure and having that adaptability in the workplace should put you in a better position to thrive following the coronavirus.
Reset external relationships
Whether you are dealing with suppliers, external agencies, partners or sponsors, it is important to stay in touch with these people in order to maintain the strong working relationships that you have developed. All these stakeholders will need to be made aware of how your business continuity plan affects their role in the business. Adaptability in the workplace extends to all the external people that contribute towards your organisation. Sometimes re-assessing how other parties can contribute to your plans can be mutually beneficial.
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