Businesses around the world have adapted quickly to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. As we’ve adjusted to remote offices, Zoom meetings, and everything in between, we’ve seen notable changes to our industries and infrastructures that will likely last long after COVID-19 subsides.
Life and business will not look the same once the lockdowns are lifted. So, how do we prepare for that time? How do we create a blueprint for a post-pandemic response? That’s what we’ll be discussing today.
Read on as we explore the key priorities for a post-pandemic playbook and the factors that we need to consider as we plan for our return to a “new normal”.
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A post-pandemic playbook is a return-to-business plan for how your business will function once the COVID-19 lockdowns are lifted. A good playbook accounts for
A post-pandemic playbook should coordinate people and processes to ensure effective communication, monitor health & safety, and set reasonable milestones for a new normal.
Your employees, partners, and clients have all adjusted to a new normal of remote working. Employees may wonder how their work lives will function and what expectations, new and old, have shifted. Clients may have questions about your new processes.
What will our work space look like when this is over? How will our industry evolve? Do we need to reassess metrics, technologies, or policies to address post-pandemic concerns? What does this organization need to do to prepare for a new reality?
A post-pandemic playbook accounts for these questions by evaluating potential changes and employee concerns to construct a thoughtful strategy for moving forward. This ensures that all people are on the same page and that any damage done to your organization is addressed effectively.
A post-pandemic response plan must account for all facets of your organization. Recovery will differ nation by nation, state by state. But in general, the best post-pandemic playbook addresses each of these intersecting factors, which we will discuss in detail below.
The way that people organize and communicate has forever changed. It is important to address shifted employee needs to build a strong, ethical post-pandemic model. The following areas have been identified as the key employee investments for an effective post-pandemic plan.
No matter what industry you are in, technology investments have changed. New employees or retraining is required to meet new demands. The following areas have been identified as the key technology investments for an effective post-pandemic plan.
The landscape of the world directly impacts business and how we plan. We cannot necessarily predict how the political landscape will impact our business decisions, but it is an important factor. The following issues are important for CEOs, legal executive, and public relations employees to consider:
What makes a business model successful may have shifted, both the long and short term. The following areas have been identified as the key business model issues to address in an effective post-pandemic plan.
The bottom line is that a post-pandemic plan is needed now. If your organization has not begun planning for a return-to-office playbook, you should consider taking the first steps as soon as possible.
A good first step is to research what similar organizations have developed for a post-pandemic plan.
Consider sending out surveys to your employees to gauge their desires for working from home policies.
Then begin fine tuning your playbook for your recovery phase, using the checklist from above. You want to consider the best case, middle case, worst case scenarios.
The following four guidelines are essential for a successful post-pandemic playbook. Consider each carefully as you construct your plan.
We hope this article has encouraged and inspired a responsible approach to post-pandemic planning. Every organization around the world has the unique opportunity to reshape their company’s culture and policies. And many companies around the world are already rewriting their processes to be people-centric and future-proof. Don’t fall behind!
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