Law firm, accounting practices, and healthcare office staff we work with are tired of hearing about COVID-19. The impacts coronavirus has had, and continues to have on businesses need to be addressed especially as the country “opens up.”Your company’s post-COVID-19 business continuity planning success depends on the steps you’re taking now.
The coronavirus is not the worst pandemic to hit the country. Its impacts on business finances will likely be felt for months and years. Many businesses will never recover.
How can your business survive the after effects of coronavirus? What needs to be included in your company’s crisis management plan to make the transition to the office seamless?
Does your law firm have a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan? Schedule a consultation with one of our crisis management experts from WareGeeks Solutions. Let us help you prepare a return-to-work BCDR.
Post COVID-19 Business Continuity Planning
Here are some steps to create your company’s post COVID-19 BCDR.
- How will your business operate once it reopens?
- Determine the most important functions for the resumption of business. Reducing impacts on staff workflows and productivity when they return to the office.
- Gather your BCDR team via Zoom if necessary. Do a post-mortem on what went wrong, and what worked as anticipated with your current crisis management plan. Knowing where there were shortfalls will help with formulating and implementing the BCDR for the return to the office.
- How has the coronavirus impacted your law firm’s cash flow? Did you furlough, lay off or fire staff during the shutdown and will they be brought back? How quickly?
- How long will it take for sales to rebound? Was your client base’s confidence shaken because of the pandemic?
- What will the lead times be for the resumption of manufacturing? How operational are the supply chains along your manufacturing process? Now is the time to reevaluate stock you keep in the warehouse in case there is another shutdown.
- How well were you able to continue service to your clients if you were a service provider? Did you have staff who were ill and did that result in lower productivity levels? Client expectations need to be met — did your staff meet them and were adjustments to deliverables made?
- What do you need to do to assure your sales and marketing budgets address changes in client spending? What needs to be done with that budget?
- Did your crisis management plan take the risks into consideration and did the plan have ways to mitigate those risks? Did they live up to the expectations?
- Did key personnel carry out the phases of the crisis management plan as expected? Did key personnel need time off work because they contracted the virus and if they did who filled in and were they up to the task?
- Evaluate what went right and if there were holes in the crisis management plan that need to be addressed. IT departments were stretched thin and may not have been as prepared for the exodus of the workforce. Moving operations offsite bring unique challenges. The IT staff needed to provide software and hardware to the remote staff. The internet tech department was also tasked with protecting the company data from being breached.
Are you prepared to return to the office? Don’t lose sleep over this. Give us a call. Let’s talk about your business continuity and disaster recovery plan as we transition back into the office.
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