Life after the Covid-19 Pandemic

Here’s what to expect long term from the coronavirus pandemic: “Stay Home”

The coronavirus has uprooted life as we know it. Everything from our social gatherings to our daily errands has been completely changed and most of us are not too fond of the switch. Realistically and sadly, though, life will not go back to what it was for quite some time. Life is going to look different for the next few years, but what exactly does that mean?

Expect the world to change to a mask-wearing culture

A year from now, and even beyond that, expect to still see people wearing masks in public, especially people who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. Mask-wearing will become a new normal, the way it has been in many Asian countries in recent years.

There will be fewer business trips and more remote work opportunities

With the increase in digital technologies and the realization that some industries can easily continue without sending staff across the county or across the globe, expect business trips to be reduced for people in most industries. With the increase in digital technologie, we no longer have to be physically in the same room to accomplish many things. Expect corporations to be more flexible with remote work policies, especially if work is still getting accomplished at home while keeping people from getting sick and helping the company with operations costs.

Concerts and sporting events

Do not expect crowded sporting events and packed concerts to become part of our new normal. It is going to be hard to convince people to go back to large indoor entertainment and recreational gatherings. What you will see is clusters of people at smaller gatherings. The new normal will be for people to avoid large gatherings in enclosed space. Outdoor social and entertainment smaller gatherings will be preferred and part of the norm.

Expect significant psychological, societal and cultural impacts

People are profoundly affected by the major events that occur in their lifetime. Accordingly, t is to be expected that modern-day society will be shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. The psychological after-effects of disasters typically emerge six months after the event ends. Long-term mental health effects and societal changes as a result of the pandemic, which has kept millions of people isolated socially and physically for months, are to be expected. There are going to be many long-term effects. We will see a significant increase in depressions, suicide rates and marital problems.

Expect certain levels of discord throughout communities

While the vast majority of people are counting down the days before we find a vaccine, dark days are to be expected. There is a tremendous likelihood of conflict, social discord and unanticipated consequences with the arrival of the vaccine. The distribution of the vaccine will be chaotic and problematic. There will be inequities and many will refuse to be vaccinated. Communities, co-workers, friends and families will be faced with tough decisions regarding everything from the topic of how to safely socialize after months and months of isolation to sending their child to school where there may be unvaccinated students.

Finally, do not expect the virus to go away completely

The COVID-19 coronavirus will not disappear when the vaccine is deployed. Many are opposed to vaccines. We are already seeing people saying they will refuse for themselves, their children and the members of their family, to be vaccine thus, severely limiting the ability to create any form of herd immunity, which would provide protection for those who cannot get the vaccine or have not yet been vaccinated. The virus will still be circulating even after an effective vaccine is widely available as a result of those who choose not to get the vaccine.

Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m.
Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

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Fight Back: Affordable Websites for Businesses


“COVID-19 PANDEMIC: if your business is not online or if your website is inadequate, you are missing a lot of opportunities.”

The covid-19 Coronavirus is here to stay, at least for the next eighteen months. In these days of pandemic, if your business is not online or if your website is inadequate, you are missing a lot of opportunities. JMD Systemics helps you bring your brand to life and make your audience sit up and take notice.

Using a blend of analytical insight and creative skill, JMD Systemics Website Design & Development takes your ideas from concept to completion, and helps you tell stories that are every bit as authentic, memorable, and as compelling as they are.

As a business, your website should be your best foot forward, a gleaming one-stop-shop for all things you do and have to offer. JMD Systemics Website Design & Development makes sure that it is exactly what it should be.

FEATURE SERVICES

WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

Your website should be your best foot forward: a gleaming, one-stop-shop for all things you do or sell. So that is exactly what it will be.

JMD systemics will build for you the optimum Website that will perfectly frames your message, and offers your clients/customers/partners and employees, easy access to information, resources, and opportunities to engage with either you, your business and work, in the best possible, profitable and efficient way.

Services & Rates:

Advanced E-commerce Multiple Pages Website | Starting at $2,500: Website with customized visuals an advanced feature.

Custom Site Functionalities | Starting at $1,000: Complete code tasks like navigation, filtering and forms.

Third Party Services | Starting at $1,000: Connect to external databases, third party services such as text messages and location-based services.

Content with Databases | Starting at $1,500: Manage your content with databases and expose it on your website using dynamic pages and repeating layouts.

Website Guidance | Starting at $500: Guidance about the design and functionality of your website.

Classic Multiple Pages Website | Starting at $1,800: Basic website including theme.

Redesign Website | Starting at $1,800: New theme and design for your website.

Website Migration | Starting at $2,000: Use your existing graphics and content in a new site.

Website Updates | Starting at $500: Add a page, make minor adjustments, technical improvements, or fixes.

Mobile Website | Starting at $750: Get your site to look great on mobile devices.

Brand Development | Starting at $1500: What makes you, you?

That is the question we will ask you as we collaborate to hone, to enhance and promote your brand identity. We will dig deep into your story, construct a detailed positioning strategy and distill your singular vision into a representation of your products/services and work that is every bit as authentic, memorable, and compelling as you are.

Visual Content Improvement | Starting at $1,000: Add graphics, illustrations, banners and videos to your site.

Get a brand story, analysis, logo, color palette and typefaces that work.

Custom Logo | Starting at $680: Get a stunning logo created for your brand.

Creative Systemic Strategic Written Content | Starting at $600: Get written product or service descriptions, blog posts and more.

All great stories have one thing in common: great writing. Too often, writing for the web has its quirks, but do not worry: fixing all possible issues, that is what we are here for.

Working together, we will find the style that best suits your voice, and we will craft unique, snappy copy that resonates with your audience, and inspires them to act.

Systemic Strategic Planning | Starting at $1500: Getting your story straight is just one piece of the puzzle.

If you do not draw a solid roadmap, your message might not find its way to your audience. Developing thoughtful communication plans is a key part of my process.

With your goals in mind, we will plot a course that will allow you to connect with your users through numerous platforms. Maintaining an active dialogue with your audience is just as important as making a strong first impression. 

We will mine your user data to construct an informed engagement strategy that keeps you connected with your users, encourages active interaction, and leaves you well positioned for the long-term.

 

JMD Systemics also offers affordable Extensive Corporate Business Online Services:

Business Optimization | Reputation Management | Virtual Assistance Services | Content Writing | Ghostwriting | Editorial & Features | Branding and Marketing

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Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

 

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Michel Ouellette /  J. Michael Dennis, is a Former Attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Coronavirus Crisis: Four Ways Small Business Can Survive the Threat

Stop Stressing!

The sudden outbreak and rapid spread of coronavirus across countries has thrown the world into a frenzy. Our businesses are being put to the test.

Most business owners are seeing an immediate impact on their business. Smaller businesses, are in a holding pattern. As a small business owner during the coronavirus pandemic you now face the true test of being able to operate and adapt to a rapidly changing situation.

While future developments are still unclear, businesses have to take a proactive approach to disaster response right now. No matter what products or services you offer or what industry you are in, your business will have financial ups and downs at some point. As a small business owner during the coronavirus pandemic you now face the true test of being able to operate and adapt to a rapidly changing situation.

The most important thing is: not to panic

Reach out to your banker for help. Look at this as a way to weather the downturn and also position your business for greater profitability in the future and or look to change how you do business.

Here are my suggestions:

Be quick and flexible: Whether it is utilizing technology to connect with clients as an alternative or reworking your employee reporting plan, it is critical to be flexible in order to operate your business. At JMD Systemics, we are encouraging solutions such as video conferencing and going online.

Come up with creative solutions: Does much of your business depend on face to face encounters or transactions? Consider alternatives based on the materials and talent that you have. Go online, go on Skype with customers and have them call in an order, offer curbside pickup or free shipping.

Differentiate your business from the competition: Use this downtime to understand your biggest competitors. Learn from their strengths and weaknesses. Poll your customers and learn what their needs are given the uncertain environment. Then consider how you can meet their needs.

Check your cash flow: Any good small business owner should be projecting cash requirements three to six months ahead. Could the uncertainty of coronavirus result in a liquidity issue for you? Make sure your spending and accounts receivable are in line.  Have proactive conversations with your bank to determine a short-term solution.

Hopefully, these uncertain times will pass sooner rather than later. No one is saying these times are easy, but preparedness is the key to continued success and, JMD Systemics is here to help you.

Michel Ouellette, ll.l, ll.m
Business Growth Strategist

JMD Systemics
Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management
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Michel Ouellette /  Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Surviving The COVID-19 Crisis and Its Aftermath

Is the Coronavirus Killing Off Cash?

Tech firms see the opportunity they have been waiting for as shoppers and business recoil from paper money. Who’s hurt when legal tender goes away?

From the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, stores and businesses were shuttering all over the World and many of those that were still open were balking at cash. Shoppers were switching orders to Amazon and Walmart.com. Many stores and businesses that have stayed open would not take cash requiring customers to pay either by debit or credit cards or paying first online. What once seemed like the oldest, most reliable way of paying suddenly seems a thing of the past.

The Coronavirus crisis drove businesses and people to prefer credit and debit payments to cash; a shift that is here to last. Digital payments are quick, clean and easy and that shift is now representing a huge opportunity for all retail and services businesses around the world. People did learn from their Coronavirus experience and, for many, this means no longer walking in a store or and office.

For years, I have been pushing toward a more virtual, less cash-based business and payments system, and pressing businesses and business owners to go online to free them from the uncertainty of being paid for their products or services and increase their sales and cash flow tenfold. The Coronavirus crisis is now providing me with one more argument to justify that business model: Due to the coronavirus crisis, people that resisted to shop online are now realizing how easy, economical and efficient it could be.

The only people I know that would not benefit from such a transition are the older and poorer people that tend to be more reliant on paper money either for lack of tech savvy, out of habit or because they do not participate in the formal banking system, the poorer and vulnerable people that do not have access to banks or credit cards.

You want to help these people!

For the duration of the pandemic, give them your products and provide them with your services free of charge. Donate to them directly, personally, the same way you donate to your preferred church or charity. This is good business. These people will be very grateful and let other people know about what you have done for them. Just do not forget to deduct these “promotional expenses” from your taxable income.

Some other people will still resist going online or using their credit card because they think that how they spend their money is nobody’s business, especially the taxation officer. Just take their money and put it in your left pocket. This is still good business. Just do not provide them with a receipt.

Money habits can be hard to break

The Covid-19 pandemic, has forced every one of us to change our spending habits almost overnight. It took years for ATMs to replace visits to human bank tellers. Now this is common ground. After resisting the move for years, many businesses started accepting credit cards and online payments either through their website or bank transfer. This shift in behavior is here to stay and for most businesses, it is now the right time to integrate in their business model infrastructure to support mobile banking and digital payments.

For others, the Coronavirus crisis is the rightful and legitimate occasion to turn their operations and business into fully cashless environments, that kind of economy, that long-held dream that I have been promoting for years. It is much, much faster to send money via the internet than to mail a check. It is much, much faster to get paid via the internet than waiting for the check in the mail.

For the duration of the Coronavirus crisis and its aftermath, I am here to help. Tell me how the pandemic impacted your business and lets see what we can do about it.

Meantime. stay safe.

JMD

Michel Ouellette, ll.l, ll.m

Business Growth Strategist

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CORONAVIRUS INSIGHTS & UPDATES, APRIL 27, 2020

In the interests of public health and safety, our coronavirus news articles and this newsletter are free for anyone to access. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. – JMD

April 27, 2020

Unprecedented restrictions on businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in a record 26.5 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits since mid-March. The White House sees this month’s jobless rate hitting 16 per cent or higher.

In Canada, at least 46,644 cases have been reported, more than double the number from 16 days ago. There have been 17,243 recoveries and 2,560 deaths. Health officials have administered 729,744 tests.

Around the world: 2,948,654 cases confirmed with 860,762 recoveries and 205,610 deaths reported.

As financial institutions emerge from several intense weeks of launching emergency relief programs, a realization is growing that businesses will need less burdensome, more patient forms of funding to stay afloat.

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The Coronavirus: The Year Ahead

We are now facing a very unhappy future

The coronavirus is spreading from biggest cities to its suburbs, and has begun encroaching on the nation’s rural regions. In many localities, refrigerated trucks are are used as mobile morgues. People are running out of food and money and it is not clear to anyone where this crisis is leading us.

When are we going to be allowed to emerge from our homes? How long will it take before we have a treatment or vaccine? After the end of the lockdowns, how will we keep the virus at bay? One thing is for sure, the path forward depends on a carefully staggered approach to reopening.

If we want to avoid a second wave of the pandemic, the path forward will depend on such factors as a widespread international testing and surveillance program, the development of a treatment that works, adequate resources for health care providers and, eventually, an effective vaccine.

Tomorrow will not be that happy

What I am foreseeing for the near future is an unhappy population trapped indoors for months, with the most vulnerable possibly quarantined for far longer. A vaccine will elude scientists long enough to cause weary citizens to abandon lockdown and social distancing restrictions. The virus will most certainly ease off during the next summer but I do not see a vaccine arriving before that time.

While most experts believed that once the crisis will be over, the world and its economy will revive quickly, I do not share that opinion. On the contrary, there will be no escaping of an intensive period of pain and many will never recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The next two years will proceed in fits and starts

As more immune people will get back to work, more of the global and local economy will recover. Exactly how the pandemic will end depends in part on medical advances still to come. It will also depend on how individuals, people like you and me, will behave.

If we scrupulously protect ourselves and our loved ones, more of us will live. If we underestimate the virus, it will find us. If too many of us get back to work too soon, businesses reopen to rapidly, new mandatory lockdowns and social distancing, will again become inevitable.

The virus will tell us when it will be safe again.

For most businesses, the road to recovery will be difficult

As the coronavirus pandemic moved across the world, the stock market plunged, sales plummeted and all businesses deemed nonessential were ordered to close, some of them to never reopen.

The coronavirus has profoundly altered our daily life, ushering in sweeping upheavals to the global economy. In a matter of weeks, pillars of businesses and industry essentially ground to a halt.

This is the sharpest decline in consumer spending that we have ever seen. Deprived of income, without a job, customers of have simply stopped spending. How people spend determines which businesses will survive. With no end to the outbreak in sight, consumer spending is likely to be declining for many months to come.

With no end to the outbreak in sight, consumer spending is likely to be fundamentally different from what it used to be.

Here is a look at how it has already been shifting: Grocery sales are way up; Spending on travel has slumped; Restaurant sales have plunged; Shopping is down overall; Spending on transportation is way down; Except for video games companies and streaming services, spending on media and entertainment have dramatically sunk. Spending on health has also fallen.

Beyond contributing to a record surge in unemployment claims, the ruined restaurant industry is likely to aggravate broader economic woes. The forced stoppage of consumer spending is precipitating the economic crisis.

Many businesses that were blooming are suffering potentially fatal blows.

What can you do about it?

As the spread of COVID-19 creates the largest monthly North American job losses in more than 40 years, disrupts business routines and infects thousands of people across the world, some analysts are wondering what a careful restart of the economy would look like.

Only one thing is for sure: the “New Normal” will include continued public health restrictions for at least the next several months. As the conditions around the world remain in flux, it is imperative for every business and business owners to start thinking about investments that will allow them to emerge stronger from the crisis.

There are going to be a lot of opportunities coming out from the Coronavirus pandemic and the strength of the recovery will depend on the willingness of households, executives, businesses’ owners and investors to pick up where they left.

And the time is “NOW”!

You certainly don’t want to waste a crisis!

There are going to be a lot of opportunities coming out from the Coronavirus pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic moved across the world, the stock market plunged and many of the world’s businesses closed, there is still hope: “Customers are going online!”

What you want to do is to use that Coronavirus Crisis to change things, to change the way you do things to accelerate trends that were there already and build on the fact that there is now a social demand for this kind of change.

If there is no more traffic in your store, in your office, in your warehouse, if you are not already there, go online. If you already are online, my best advice to you: while using a softer approach to drive sales, keep posting to capture this new demand. The idea is to aim for positivity and calmness rather than stress or anxiety.

Online sales and essential workers are the new commodities that everyone is and will be looking for in the near, medium and long-term future.

If you do not have an online sales strategy, you are doomed. If your services or products can be offered online, do it know.

You don’t have the money to do it! Ask for governmental funding. While amassing debts for the younger generations, governments are borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars to help you and, almost no questions asked.

Have a concrete plan to save your business now, ensure its survival and establish good foundations for the future. The Covid-19 is providing you with a unique opportunity. You now have access to funds that you would never have been able to access or obtain otherwise. Take that money and invest it wisely.

As for the “essential workers” I see their market value and power rising, and that is s a very, a very good thing. We need to pay them more to retain and attract them.

It is about time for everyone to realize that everyone, every member of our society, from the janitor, the garbage collector to the king, the queen and the emperor is a valuable player.

While the road to recovery may prove to be difficult, for who keeps an open mind and comes out with creative solutions, there is hope. For who keeps his eyes open, there are opportunities.

Where there is a will, there is always a solution. And, resignation never is that solution! You need assistance, I am here to help you.

And don’t forget: Staying In is So In!

Michel Ouellette, ll.l, ll.m

Business Growth Strategist

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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Covid-19: Nothing Like A Little Retail Therapy To Help Pass The Hours.

Good News in Consumer Shopping Trends!

There is nothing like a little retail therapy to help pass the hours.

You want to sell your products and services to homebound customers during the Coronavirus Pandemic! Doing so requires being sensitive to the reality of the pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic moved across the world, the stock market plunged and many of the world’s businesses closed, there is still hope: “Customers are going online!”

My best advice to you: keep posting to capture this demand while using a softer approach to drive shopping. For every five posts, you make just make sure that two of them are relatable about life at home. This approach creates a softer sell in your feed while continuing to provide guidance to your followers during this time of pandemic.

And don’t forget: Staying In is So In!

Michel Ouellette, ll.l., ll.m.

Business Growth Strategist

JMD Systemics

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

Skype: jmdlive

Web: www.jmdsystemics.com

Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic,

JMD Systemics offers you, a 25% discount on all its services.

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The Birth of a Pandemic: Inside the first months of the coronavirus outbreak

JMD Systemics Advice and Guidance for Small Businesses

The Huanan seafood wholesale market in central Wuhan is that kind of place where people often caught colds.Vendors start setting up their displays as early as 03:00 a.m., cleaning and preparing produces for the customers that will soon be there early morning.

The sprawling market of more than twenty streets spanned two sides of a main road in an upscale neighbourhood of the commercial district of Hankou. Racks of meat are hung on hooks or dropped out on plastic mats. Workers walk around selling everything from live poultry to seafood and cooking ingredients. It is a crowded but clean market.

In mid-December 2019, when one of the workers felt unwell, he thought little of it. He stayed home to rest but after losing over ten pounds in just a few days, he decided to go to a general hospital for a basic check-up. From there, on December 19, he was sent and admitted in an hospital specializing in the treatment of infectious diseases.

This worker could not have known then that he was among the first cases of a new, highly contagious coronavirus that would soon kill more than 2,500 people in his city and engulf the world.

He thought he had a cold.

In early November and December 2019, the number of coronavirus infections began cropping up in Wuhan and, it is only in late January 2020 that the Chinese authorities informed the public that the virus could pass between humans.

Human-to-human transmission

By the end of December 2019, word had gotten out in Wuhan about a mystery illness.

On December 30, internet users circulated screenshots of a WeChat conversation, in which a doctor at Wuhan Red Cross hospital, warned his colleagues of confirmed cases of a contagious coronavirus at another hospital. “Wash your hands! Face masks! Gloves!” the doctor wrote.

That same day, on December 30, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital told a WeChat group that seven people at his hospital had contracted what he believed to be SARS, the outbreak that killed more than six hundred people in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-03.

Also on December 30 , an “urgent notice” from the Wuhan Health Commission warning of “successive cases of unknown pneumonia” was leaked and posted online. The statement ordered hospitals to “strengthen responsible leadership” and ensure that no one “disclose information to the public without authorisation.”

Under growing pressure, on December 31, the Wuhan Health Commission, in its first official notice about the virus, said that researchers were investigating twenty-seven cases of viral pneumonia.

There is “no obvious evidence of human-to-human transmission,” the statement said, describing the outbreak as linked to the seafood market and assuring the public that all patients had been quarantined and their contacts placed under observation. “The disease is preventable and controllable,” it added.

A day later, on January 1, the Huanan seafood market was closed and Wuhan’s Public Security bureau announced that eight people had been “punished” for spreading rumours.

Authorities also tasked hospitals to screen for pneumonia cases linked to the market and it wasn’t until January 20 that vendors in the market were asked to submit to temperature checks and blood tests.

Things are getting out of control

Across the Yangtze River, some 6 kilometres away, people who had never been to the market were falling sick and things went rapidly out of control. By the time officials revealed the infectiousness of the virus, hospitals in Wuhan were already overwhelmed and the numbers increased after the announcement.

On January 23, in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people was placed under lockdown.

Surrounding areas followed, putting a total of more than 50 million people under de-facto home quarantine and by February 19, in the death toll from the virus had passed 2,000.

The rest is history.

Today, while China and Wuhan are coming back to life, most countries of the world are fighting a global pandemic that may have easily been avoided. In the western word, people are dying by the hundreds of thousands and the Global Economy is crashing down.

Large corporations will most certainly survive but what about the small businesses? What about your own business?

The global dramatic economic slowdown is already disrupting trade flows and creating unemployment that will damage our society at levels that are hard to forecast and grim to contemplate. What does it means for you?

The reality is that we are now facing a Global Economic Recession. The Covid-19 pain will long persist after all social distancing measures and lockdowns end.

Undercapitalized businesses affected by the shutdowns now realize a grim reality: Recovery will not be that easy! In these difficult times, for the duration of the pandemic .

Michel Ouellette, ll.l., ll.m.

Business Growth Strategist

JMD Systemics

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

Skype: jmdlive

Web: www.jmdsystemics.com

Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Facing the Covid-19 Business Disruption

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With the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, not to mention natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes, business continuity management has quickly come to the forefront as more and more enterprises are being forced to invoke their disaster recovery plans.

If concerns for business survival, damaged reputation, and eroding investor confidence are not enough to convince you it is time to get on the bandwagon, then how about the growing pressure from government regulations?

JMD Systemics, a division of King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, offers you seven concrete steps they can take to ensure that your business or corporation is amply prepared to face any disruption ahead.

Step 1: Be proactive rather than reactive.

Being proactive rather than reactive is always cheaper in the long run. Work through the possible disaster scenarios ahead of time so that you have an idea of what might happen to your business or company operations and what steps you will need to take to counteract the disruption.

You are going to spend a lot less money when the real disaster hits because you will have all your ducks in a row. Think about implementing an enterprise-wide virus prevention package now. This will be less expensive than either trying to restore your operations or trying to rebuild your business later on.

Step 2: Make your business continuity plan part of your change management culture.

Do not leave your plan gathering dust on the back shelf. It needs to be a living document to remain viable. If business models change or business processes undergo reengineering or key emergency contacts no longer work for the organization, your plan needs to be updated.

Business continuity management needs to become part of your corporate culture, part of your change management process.

When changes occur, every employee needs to automatically ask themselves how it changes their part of the business continuity plan. With greater emphasis on regulatory compliance, it is not enough to have a plan and policies in place. You have to demonstrate that they are workable.

Step 3: Aim for the quickest recovery you can afford.

When disaster strikes your company, your competitors will jump at the chance to fill the void. A strong business continuity plan will ensure that you do not lose market share in the event of a disruption. Especially if yours is a Web-based operation, you need to get up and running again as fast as possible.

Business impact analysis is one of the key components for determining if your business continuity plan is workable. Look closely at your recovery procedures and see how long it will really take you to get back up and running following a disruption.

Step 4: Routinely test your plan to keep it current.

Test, test and test. The tests you do today may be critical to your business or company’s survival. It is all part of making sure that your plan stays current. Those tests can be as simple as asking yourself a few well-pointed questions:

  • Is our crisis management procedures manual readily accessible to all employees?

  • Have we looked at it lately to make sure that the contact-in-case-of-emergency phone list is current?

  • Do we know when to call in local authorities and who has the authority to make that decision?

  • How well do we control vendor and visitor access to our business place(s)?

  • Are our security procedures reflect what we really expect our employees to do in an emergency?

Step 5: Tailor your business continuity investments to likely threats and key priorities.

It is all about balancing protection against costs and survival. Recent events have made us think of Covid-19 as our foremost threat, but there are many other threats that are far more commonplace: employee or non-employee workplace violence, labor actions and disputes, cyberattacks (including computer viruses and denial of service), hoaxes, and industrial espionage. Your plan needs to focus on those issues most likely to cause disruption.

While employees are considered a business or company’s greatest asset, they can also be its biggest threat. Eighty percent of business disruptions are caused by employees, whether maliciously or accidentally.

It could be deliberate sabotage, such as e-mailing a competitor your vendor list. Or it could be simple carelessness in leaving confidential company information at the shared printer for anyone to see. It is important to instill awareness into employees as to how their actions can impact and disrupt normal operations.

Physical plant security is another issue to consider. Does the physical security plan include instructions for contacting local fire, police, and rescue authorities? Do employees know where to report for work in case their usual facility is unavailable? Do you have technology in place to allow them to work from home? Can another facility provide space and resources in the event of a disaster at either one location or your main business place?

It is important to realize that it is neither possible nor cost effective to try to protect everything. You need to examine your operations and determine what you really need to survive. Can you fall back to data that is more than a week old? Or is it vital that certain information be backed up every two hours? How many employees need to be trained in redundant skills should another facility or department be put out of commission? How vulnerable to drastic workforce reductions are you?

Step 6: Check that all your plan components sync with each other.

To effectively respond to a business disruption, your business continuity plan needs to incorporate all the components required for your successful recovery: your data, your workforce, your facilities, your networks, even your vendors and suppliers. You must have procedures in place to ensure that events occur in the right sequence to get you back up and running as promptly as possible. It is a delicate balance, but a crucial one.

It does not help to have backup data with nowhere to restore it, or have a place to restore it but no way to connect to it. Closely examine your recovery procedures to guarantee that all the elements of the plan truly work in sync with each other.

Remember that your vendors and business partners are integral participants in your business continuity plan too. There is a growing trend among enterprises to insist that vendors demonstrate the viability of their own business continuity plans as a contingency of doing business with them.

Public reaction can sometimes make or break your recovery, too. If you have employees speaking to the media about a disaster, make sure they are trained in media relations. Otherwise, they may inadvertently say something that could create a competitive disadvantage, erode customer confidence, or place the company in a compromising situation.

Step 7: Be cognizant of how regional disasters can dictate priorities.

Let’s face it: In case of a flood, hurricane, or other regional disaster, getting a factory or a retail store up and running is going to take a back seat to hospitals, police, fire stations, and other facilities focused on citizen safety and security. Know your local emergency response organization and what actions they are likely to take during a response so that you can plan accordingly.

When building your contingency plan, think about alternate locations that can pick up the workload outside the affected region. Do not put your disaster recovery solution too close to your main operation. And make sure the alternate location is on a different power grid from the disaster site.

When looking at business continuity, do not think of it as a plan that you review once a year. Business continuity management needs to become ingrained in your corporate culture. It is amazing how little it costs to change the corporate mindset and how big the potential payoff can be in the case of preparedness for disaster.

Do not to spend more money than you really need to. Weigh protection costs against your company’s ability to survive the disaster or business disruption. Do not feel you have to protect everything. And rehearse the plan on a regular basis.

While the goal of a business continuity plan is to get you back up and running as quickly as possible, your vigilance and diligence before the fact may even help you prevent some disasters and business disruptions from ever occurring.

Be vigilant and remember:

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