5 Things You Can (Still) Do After a Pandemic
Following up on Earth Day, we felt it worthwhile to refresh a blog post with an update for “Life after Corona.” It’s taken longer than originally anticipated, but all five suggestions may guide your organization as we continue operations after COVID-19:
1. Efficient use of time and available resources.
Throughout COVID-19, it was important to utilize time and resources in an efficient manner. Many organizations embraced change and took the time as an opportunity for growth and development. It’s time to determine what resources are available and refresh projects and/or tasks that may have been put on hold. What was thought of as a great project in early 2020, may not fit your operation as originally conceived. The Aviation and Aerospace Industries were hit hard, but are bouncing back with new opportunities and challenges; it’s time to thrive and grow. Be proactive and set your organization up for success.
2. Review of company manuals, policies and procedures. Emerging from the pandemic is an opportunity to review company manuals, policies and procedures. Ideally, this should be a continuous task, but now you need to make sure information is up to date and policies are in accordance with current regulations. Have you added any protocols related to the pandemic? What was accurate in mid-2020 may, or may not, be appropriate now. Baldwin Safety and Compliance monitors regulations and ensure client manuals meet the criteria set forth by agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
3. Virtual Training. Virtual training really expanded when classroom training was not a feasible option. In the past two years, virtual training opportunities became more engaging and valuable for employees as they make sure training requirements are up to date. Baldwin Safety and Compliance has made virtual training a solution for many clients and offers customizable training to meet all unique needs. Training that can be done virtually can scheduled during downtime or on demand to help utilize employee availability and overall efficiency.
4. Communication. Having effective forms of communication with employees throughout the pandemic has been very beneficial. Communication lines should stay open and be available to employees. Many organizations created virtual resource centers to ensure employees are updated and kept informed on all possible changes. The resource center should continue provide the opportunity for employees to ask questions, voice concerns and have somewhere to turn to for accurate information from reputable resources such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Having weekly virtual meetings also aids in communication among an organization and provides an additional opportunity for questions and/or concerns.
5. Interpret sustainable practices All organizations have areas that could possibly use a little improvement. COVID-19 provide time to evaluate overall quality and efficiency of operations and determine specific areas in need improvement. Encourage employees to participate in the process of improvement and be open to ideas and possible innovative methods and strategies they may have. Work from home may not fit all operations, but for some it does. Technology has encouraged collaboration and teamwork. It has also advanced sustainable development of workforce, diversity and performance.
As we work our way through living with the Corona virus, we need to continue to be creative, embrace change in expected patterns and try look to at things in a different and positive perspective!