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COVID-19 Workforce Tactics - 'Understand your full squad'

With the US government considering payroll tax to help mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, business still needs to operate. As a company, you still need to produce, purchase, sell and exist. For this, you need to understand the skills of your full squad. Are you aware of all the skills and capacities you have got on the bench to step up when your staff need some time off? Do you even know the full capabilities of your current workforce? Let us help you identify these hidden gems. If you haven't yet done a skills audit - now is the time to act before the virus significantly impacts your productivity! We can help you, check out our tips below!

No matter where you go, you can't get away from it - the world is hyper-aware of COVID-19. Without a doubt, the potential impact on the workforce and economy is unprecedented. On March 3rd, the UK Government released its plans for containment and suggested that up to a fifth of the workforce may be off sick during the peak of a coronavirus epidemic in the UK. If this is replicated around the world - expect to see huge levels of absenteeism and drops in productivity.


If you are anything like me, you will be washing your hands a million times a day. You will be super cautious of overcrowded spaces and listening to the advice of WHO on how to protect yourself and those around you. As much as social media is raving about the benefits, it's not physically possible for all companies to let their employees work from home. We don't like the thought of people getting sick or needing to self-isolate but when they do, is your business designed to cope?

Anybody who knows me will always hear me coming off with sports metaphors for workforce challenges - in this case, it's no different. Sport is a microcosm of society - what happens on the field is a simulation of real life. Team sports are high risk of injury and absence - therefore the coach will understand the full skills profiles of each player. If the team has multiple injuries, they still need to field a team - it's not uncommon for other players to pick up the slack and play out of position to help. This should be true in business - but only if the company fully understands the full skills profiles of each employee.


If you read my last blog - 'Everybody Knows a Barbara' we all know people in our company who are vital to every day running of the business. These people are not always the C Level executives - they are the unsung heroes. You may already have an 'Action Plan' in place, but often action plans are built on a) not fully understanding what key employees do within your company b) understanding the potential for employees to backfill for critical absence - team players. Are you prepared if some or all of these people self-isolate or get sick?


1. Audit your fully functioning workforce


Find out what every single employee does to make your business operate productively - don't delay! It is much harder to guess the additional things your key workers were doing in their job when they are off sick, so don't guess! Ask everybody in the company what they do on a day to day basis. If you know what your teams are doing, it will be easier for other people to fill into position for a short while if you have lost key workers. The video below explains how easy this is with TalentSensus.


2. Prepare your workforce

Have a conversation with your employees about the potential impact of COVID-19 on your company. They will be stressed about their own health, their family and financial implications of taking time off. Most employees take pride in their work and worry about the consequence of taking time off to the company also. Don't add to their worries by not being prepared to cover for them.


3. Discover the hidden skills of your people


Did you know that your employees do stuff outside of work? Pretty neat right? Take time to find out what your employee's hidden skills are and if they are prepared to volunteer those skills in work. Consider using TalentSensus to make this process simple. If you get your employees to do what they love doing - they are going to do it well! Not only will they be helping the company at a critical time but there is a good chance they will feel a sense of accomplishment, value and satisfaction.


This doesn't have to be an expensive or difficult process. See how TalentSensus can help you instantly.

Come and have a chat with us today if you want to see a demo of TalentSensus and how it can help you get your tactics right!


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