No business is immune to the effects of the coronavirus and the difficulties we all faced during lockdown earlier this year. As a result, we have had to embrace change and manoeuvre our way through the many (many) obstacles.
Financial resilience was critical, but endurance also depends on culture, strategy, risk and crisis management, and most importantly, the wellbeing of our teams.
Which is why we wanted to share our own experience at Corstorphine + Wright and give an ‘inside the practice’ point of view as to how we initially felt the impact from the first coronavirus shockwaves, what this meant to us as a business and what we did to protect our best asset, our people.
I am sure like many businesses, we never thought we would actually ever have to stress test our Pandemic Plan. Being honest, like the rest of the country, we could have acted faster – we all watched the news and saw the then shocking scenes coming from Italy, but in February, did anyone really believe that less than a month later, we would be instructed by our Government to work from home? As March ticked on, this seemed to be inevitable but due to the flexible way in which many of our employees already worked we were half way prepared to fully mobilise our 10 studios. It was still no small task!