Latest government data and analysis of COVID-19 impact on employees, finance, prices and supply chains
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is providing a roundup of data and analysis to help inform response to COVID-19, including the impact on employees (such as how working parents are affected and the impact on household income and of working from home).
It provides the latest information about the business impact of the virus (finance, performance, workforce, prices, supply chains and shipping).
The business impact data can be found here.
The daily roundup of the wider social impact can be found here.
Examples of organisations that are responding to the crisis in inspiring and holistic ways
Research from Edelman shows that 90% of customers from across the world believe that, “Brands must do everything they can to protect the well-being and financial security of their employees and their suppliers, even if it means suffering big financial losses until the pandemic ends.”
If they don’t, then 71% of global consumers say that brands “will lose my trust forever” and this will have a huge impact on their likelihood to buy from that brand again in the future.
There are many organisations responding in both inspiring and holistic ways to the crisis by helping out with shortages, looking after the vulnerable and helping local communities that are adversely impacted
- Medtronic is making the design specifications of its Puritan Bennett 560 (PB 560) ventilator freely available to any manufacturers, inventors, startups, and academic institutions so that they can help scale world-wide ventilator production amid a global shortage of the devices.
- Microsoft recognized that the move to remote working and the resulting reduction in campus numbers would adversely affect many local businesses and communities that rely on a fully staffed campus. As a result Microsoft has made an initial $1 million donation to help launch a regional COVID-19 Response Fund (CRF) to help address these emerging community needs.
Employer checklist for creating mentally healthy workplaces
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation’s guide to how to support mental health at work provides a checklist for employers that will help them to value mental health and wellbeing as core assets of their organisations and support the development of effective line management relationships.
Electrical Safety First
An aspect of the coronavirius epidemic that has received little attention is the impact on electricity usage – and safety – in the home, with whole families often using multiple devices for longer periods.
This advice from Electrical Safety First provides guidance on how to spot dangers, charge devices and safely buy new devices online.