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the risk of covid-19 on your business

sunday saw our prime minister announce the first changes to coming out of lockdown and the easing of some of the restrictions on a way of life, we also now have a vague outline on the timelines for returning to work and how this might work.

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the risk  of covid-19 on your business

In the second part of the series, we look at the very real risks of Covid-19 on your business and place of work.

The impact Covid-19 could have on your ability to protect your staff and visitors, the legal implications associated with this, your ability to deliver your product and the risks to your business all these factors together could have if you don’t manage them properly.

In our previous post, social distancing, the new normal, we looked at the process of risk assessment and how floor stickers for social distancing could be used, along with other measures to reduce the risks within the workplace.

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protect your biggest asset

We will now hear on a daily basis the slogan – “Stay alert, control the virus, save lives”. Our staff are the most important part of our business, without your team you simply do not have a business. Having undertaken your risk assessment of the workplace you will need to identify the best way to keep your staff socially distanced, but still operational. If you can manage it, obviously the best option is to get your staff to work from home, but this is not always possible and not every role can be undertaken from home. In our previous post, social distancing, the new normal, we looked at social distancing products and how you could use these to keep staff distanced within environments that have to have staff in them.
what if something goes wrong? The risk of your staff contracting Covid-19 is clearly a human one, it is a horrible illness and not something that anyone will find pleasant, but what happens if one of your team contracts it? If the team all work in a small office, they will ALL need to isolate for 14 days. If this happened to be your production office, procurement office, or food preparation area, would you lose your whole team? How can your business cope with this? It cannot I would suggest. When speaking with businesses who have continued to trade during the pandemic, many creative solutions have been employed. Shift patterns over the day, one team starting early and another late, or one week in – the two following off, these may not seem ideal, but are they better than losing the businesses ability to function at all? You should already be looking at around the workplace and considering social distancing products, but these alone will not be enough.

the legal risk

To date, nothing as yet has been made of a story in the news where unreasonable demands on staff have resulted in illness (or worse death) from Covid-19 but you can be assured that this will change, as legal teams across the country defend and protect their clients.

Will “had an accident at work that wasn’t your fault?” pale into insignificance if a legal team can prove that you failed to protect a member of your team adequately and they suffer serious health issues as a result.

If you have members of a team that are in a high-risk category, you will need to individually assess the risks to these members of staff.

Engage with them, meet with them (online clearly), document everything and agree the best course of action.

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supply and demand

If you were having supply issues before the outbreak and subsequent close down of “non-essential” businesses and you are not yet back to work, you are in for a shock!

We speak from experience as we continued to trade (albeit in a limited way), the weirdest items are now not available, try getting a sheet of acrylic, dust masks or rubber gloves.

If you have not yet started testing a supply of items, now is the time, check that you can get them, and check that the prices are the same, I doubt your supply chain is unaffected. What financial shape was your supply chain in before this pandemic? If one or more of your supply chains business fails, what do you do?

Look at your suppliers, and make a back up plan if they are not around in a short while as its highly likely that there will be casualties.

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stress test your cash

Its highly unlikely everything will be as it once was. The economy isn’t going to come on like a light switch, at best it will awake from slumber at a reasonable rate of pace. The minute you take your staff off from furlough you are going to be back to paying them 100% of their contracted rates of pay. Can you afford to do this with your new expected sales numbers, how long is this sustainable for? Redundancy is going to be a factor, its unavoidable, not every business went into the current situation in the best of heath there are undoubtably going to be numbers of staff laid off across many sectors. If you have never laid off staff before this in itself is a legal minefield and one that carries with it large amounts of cost and risk.

The above isn’t in any way a definitive list of all risks and I am sure as things develop others will arise. My advice is to look hard at the risks you face as a business and at least get a good grounding on the challenges you will face for the remainder of 2020. There is going to be casualties in business, make sure you are not one of them

If you want to look for ideas and products that WILL help you have a look at the product range here,   and see if it will help you? 

We are people and prefer to talk, so if you want to talk this through or feel we’ve have missed something, please give us a call on 01480 594777, or we are    happy to chat and engage over email at hello@motivegraphics.co.uk.

David Hennessy

David Hennessy

David Hennessy is our Managing Director and co-founder of Motive Graphics, a sign, vehicle graphics and exhibition services business based in Huntingdon and supplying Cambridge, Peterborough and Nationally.

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what our customers say about us

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Great service, from initial contact right through to install of graphics on the van,
Would 100% recommend they guys and girls at Motive.

Matt Riley, Private Chef - Van Graphics

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We had the pleasure of working with Motive Graphics for the re-design of our signage throughout our salon and outside. From start to finish they were on the ball, and efficient in their correspondence with us. Nothing was every too much trouble, no matter how many times we tweaked things. Edward was so helpful throughout. We would 100% recommend Motive Graphics. The salon looks amazing, thank you!

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We've been using Motive for all of our exhibition and display needs. I can't thank them enough for the projects they have delivered, they always go over and above to help us to achieve our goals. They cover everything from concept creation, to sourcing materials, delivery and build. Everything is always delivered to the highest standard, and there is never a problem that can't be solved! A massive THANK YOU.

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From a small pizza chain called The pizza room, Dave and his team were extremely and utterly professional and helpful from the day of purchase to receiving the stickers. Seriously couldn't recommend Motive Graphics any more. We will definitely be using them for future projects we have coming up 🙂

The Pizza Room London - Shop Signs

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We’d like to say a massive thank you to the legends at Motive Graphics for design and creating a full range of signs in time for our official opening last weekend!   From a rough brief, they created and tweaked proofs to suit our (and the council’s) requirements, and had them made and ready for collection in no time. Thanks again for your help guys!

Paradigm Cycles - Signs and Interior Graphics

★★★★★

The guys have just left after putting up the external signs at the gym and an internal one on the front desk. I week from quote to install with no issues at all. Will 100% be using again on our next batch of internal signage.

Alpha Athletic Gym - Shop Signs

★★★★★

Ordering was easy, goods turned up on time, great quality stickers that have made a huge impact in getting people to comply with the new rules

Martin Taylor - Social Distancing Stickers

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