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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:  Leaders and their resilience will be judged not on how heroic they can be but on their flexibility, innovation and ability to plan for multiple scenarios; Organisations need to consider new ways of operating in a different world with travel restrictions that impede international trade; The companies that succeed in future will be those that can diverge management and design thinking across their teams, not concentrate it a small group at the centre,and provide the psychological safety for projects to be tried – even if they fail.   This was the last forum in the first season...
07/2020
Key takeaways: Technology and resource planning adopted by the healthcare sector during the pandemic will continue to be used going forward; Datasets need to be made widely and publicly available to support a better understanding of the coronavirus and why some people are affected more than others; Charities who play an essential role in healthcare provision in lieu of public service and supporting patients as well as healthcare staff need to be funded whilst charity fundraising is temporarily impacted.   More than 90 business leaders joined our nineteenth Enterprise & Market Resilience...
07/2020
Key takeaways: Agility and flexibility are more important indicators in recovery than which sector a business operates within; ESG, innovation and digitisation will be vital investment criteria in the future as well as factors for attracting and retaining employees and customers; Levelling up the regions will work best if regional bodies are trusted with the finance, strategy and decision-making that will deliver on the Government’s vision.   At Robert Half and Protiviti we believe there is tremendous value to be gained in collaborating and learning from each other at this challenging time...
07/2020
Key takeaways: Listen more carefully to everyone around you and educate yourself so you understand other points of view; Support resource groups set up by your employees and encourage groups to collaborate with each other on events and initiatives; Stop discussing the problems and take affirmative action – use the actions you take to change the narrative so it is focused on business impacts and success.   More than 120 business leaders joined our seventeenth Enterprise & Market Resilience COVID-19 virtual roundtable at 8.00 am on Thursday 9 July. The aim of our weekly forum is to build...
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...