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Enterprise & Market Resilience During COVID-19

Learnings from Weekly Virtual Forum for Business Leaders

 

Enterprise & Market Resilience Virtual Forums are a virtual meeting series, running every Thursday morning, where our external speakers share their cross-industry perspectives regarding COVID-19 responses, challenges and imperatives. Explore the panel discussions from our earlier resilience forums sessions:

 

Note: These sessions began from March 2020, hence please make year and month selection from below drop down beyond this timeline for best results.

07/2020
Key takeaways: Those who are best prepared mentally to adapt to change created by adversity will win; Sometimes you have to make short-term sacrifices to achieve your end goal; Surround yourself with high quality experts who understand your motivation to succeed but also give you the freedom to fail and learn from your mistakes. More than 240 business leaders joined our sixteenth Enterprise & Market Resilience During COVID-19 virtual roundtable at 8.00 am on Thursday 2 July. The aim is to have an hour-long meeting each week on Thursdays and build a community of people from different...
06/2020
Key takeaways: The pace of change has been vital to ride the waves of the crisis and has eliminated many blockers: the best elements of this should continue to be adopted; Transparency with stakeholders and partners will pay a trust dividend in the coming years; Communications around diversity and inclusion should be authentic and show genuine intention for change: this could include the use of questionnaires to test individuals’ awareness of the power of their privilege.   More than 160 business leaders joined our fifteenth Enterprise & Market Resilience During COVID-19 virtual...
06/2020
Key takeaways: The UK is through the worst of the pandemic but government should have a strategic plan for the future that is based on the green economy and decarbonised industry sectors; Leaders need to build on the digital disruption that has led to so much change in the way we live and work; The need for inclusivity and social responsibility should be top of the board agenda.   More than 170 business leaders joined our fourteenth Enterprise & Market Resilience During COVID-19 virtual roundtable at 8.00 am on Thursday 18 June. The aim is to have an hour-long meeting each week on...
06/2020
Key takeaways: Businesses are gearing up for reopening operations with a mixture of health and safety measures and new digital processes; The frequency and quality of communications with stakeholders has increased significantly; But those communications should be authentic, empathetic and purposeful if brands are not to be exposed in the court of public opinion.   More than 120 business leaders joined our 13th Enterprise & Market Resilience During COVID-19 virtual roundtable at 8.00 am on Thursday 11 June. The aim is to have an hour-long meeting each week on Thursdays and build a...
06/2020
Key takeaways: The next challenge for retailers will be to work out how to interpret business activity in the past quarter, its implications for future trading and how to plan for uncertain business conditions;  Staff wellbeing should be of paramount importance as employees return to work;  The purpose of offices is being rethought and new approaches based on campus models and enabling technologies will be undertaken. Planning for uncertainty The recruitment barometer presented by one of Robert Half’s Managing Directors shows accelerating demand for technology and digitisation skills as...
05/2020
Key takeaways: The concept of a blended work model opens up potential for attracting a wider pool of employees who can work remotely some of the time, as well as cost-reductions in permanent office space; Companies should make the most of this opportunity to reimagine and optimise their future business models, as well as their office requirements; Carefully assess the strategy around who to bring back to the office and when – as this is likely to influence employee satisfaction, motivation and retention; Altered risk profiles and shorter decision-making processes have enabled extraordinary...
05/2020
Key takeaways: The logistical difficulties of protecting staff returning to offices in particular may push the practice of home working to the end of 2020, or even permanently; Customers will value and remember the social purpose demonstrated by companies during the pandemic; Organisations must seize the opportunity to understand how they circumvented barriers to effect change, and how to continue with innovative strategies .moving forward With the UK government encouraging schools and business to start reopening, organisations are now considering how they can safely bring employees and/or...
05/2020
Key takeaways: COVID-19 has accelerated business transformation projects already underway, and exposed the shortcomings of inflexible legacy communications and IT infrastructures; Organisations that fail to adopt cloud-based collaborative technologies run the risk of users adopting them in any case, introducing potential security problems; Becoming a cloud-first organisation will turn businesses into more attractive targets for M&A activity. One of the biggest impacts of the COVID-19 virus has been the need to move people and operations from offices, schools, colleges, and other central...
05/2020
Key takeaways: Organisations are considering how to learn lessons from the current crisis to prepare for an uncertain future;  Innovation and technology as well as different working patterns will bring transformational change to sectors across the board; Impacts from the crisis will last for longer than the lockdown period as consumer and business confidence rebuilds. This week’s session focused on two industry sectors impacted most severely by COVID-19, airlines and restaurants/food supply. Before the speakers gave their perspectives, the UK leader of Robert Half reported that there are...
05/2020
Key takeaways: COVID-19 looks to be following a 90-day virus model; Lockdown is unsustainable from an economic point of view, so we will start seeing a phased, sector-by-sector lifting of restrictions in the weeks ahead; Technology and dedicated staff have helped the private healthcare-at-home industry reduce pressure on the NHS despite huge financial challenges; There are encouraging green shoots of recovery in the recruitment sector in APAC and the UK. Four weeks after his first appearance as a panellist on our forum, an eminent economist and social media expert returned to give an update...