Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Adapting Working Practices
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How COVID-19 is Affecting the World of Work

25 March 2020

With the Coronavirus now classed as a global pandemic, organisations are putting robust plans and procedures in place to manage the impact of COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of our people is at the forefront of our businesses, and the remote work option for colleagues has been set in place in order to minimise risk. However, this could still be causing disruption to many organisations.

Encouragements to work from home can put a strain on productivity, and employees must remain agile in these unprecedented circumstances. So, this forces us to ask the question, how do we maintain business functioning as usual during this turbulent time?

At Badenoch + Clark, we want to help you to overcome any challenges you may be facing and continue to stay connected when you or your workforce are working remotely. So, what are the best ways to approach this new way of working to minimise the impact that COVID-19 has on your organisation?

Maximising the use of technology

Recognising the current crisis has quickly made us respond to a shift in recruitment practices. Does hiring need to be paused because of the current situation? No! Although hiring may be a challenge, it is more of a challenge having the wrong person for the job. Our customers cannot fall behind in the competition for talent and we don’t have to take a step back now.

We have video technologies that enable us to represent candidates visually, conduct video interviews against set criteria and set up virtual face to face meetings with fantastic clarity and connectivity. When introduced into Badenoch + Clark, they were surprisingly easy to implement. The software is user friendly for our customers, with no need for downloads, sign ups or log ins. The success rate of such platforms, plus the speed and efficiency that they bring to the process, is a no brainer in the modern world!

Modern working practices

At Badenoch + Clark, we have made huge advances in our flexible and agile working policies in the past five years. We have the systems, processes and technology to work remotely. Essentially this means that nothing should stop us performing a consistent service to our customers. However, not every business has this agility, and some are frantically finding working from home solutions to help maintain their services at this present time.

When the pandemic eventually subsides, businesses can reflect on the measures that they have implemented and review their working practices. This can change the future of work and how they manage working environments forever. Not every position can work from home, but a flexible workforce could mean a reduction in office costs, not to mention the environmental impact in reducing the number of commuters.

How this could lead to sustainable communities

If we can embrace global communication from our local base, then there must be a way to support our local communities better. Small business owners are increasingly concerned for their livelihoods as the crisis continues. If modern working practices and technological enhancements can allow us more time and money to spend locally in our communities, then this impact is good for both the local SME economy and our communities as a whole.

Business as usual

If businesses can cope and manage throughout a crisis, even with self-isolation, this can also be an eye-opener for the future. If managed well, we can embrace technology and change our working practices to be much more efficient. Furthermore, when the dust settles on the supermarket shelves and the environmental agenda picks back up, we can make a positive impact by reducing our carbon footprint too.

The global coronavirus pandemic is posing major staffing challenges to many companies. We are committed to supporting you and your organisation.

For useful information, FAQs and workforce solutions and approaches to help you during this time, visit: https://adeccogroup.co.uk/news/covid19-employers/