Business continuity and a second coronavirus wave

16 June 2020

A new survey has identified that the primary business continuity concern for over 70% of companies is further disruption from a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The findings were contained in a recent Return to Work survey, conducted by the medical and security services firm, International SOS.

The survey analysed responses from more than 1000 professionals responsible for supporting the health, safety, security, and wellbeing of employees.

It found that while there is a keen focus on return to work measures, over a fifth (21%) of the respondents still do not have a pandemic plan and process in place.

In addition, some 73% of companies said their greatest business continuity concern is further disruption from a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The second biggest threat to business continuity was listed as country lockdowns (67%) and then international border restrictions in third place (57%), with the risks to mental health in fourth position, cited by 20% of respondents.

The survey also found that the top two priorities organisations are implementing in their safe return to work are updating business continuity plans (60%) and on-the-ground support for colleagues (59%).

These are followed by implementation of Covid-19 compliance monitoring tools (56%), health screening (50%) and mental health support (44%).

Commenting on the survey, Dr Mark Parrish, Regional Medical Director at International SOS, said, “We are surprised that, while the great majority of companies are fearing a second wave of Covid-19, there are many who still don’t have a pandemic plan in place.”