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Successfully Restarting Operations Following the COVID-19 Crisis

PART 3 OF OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY SERIES


By Nicholas Bahr, Global Practice Director, Operational Risk Management, DuPont Sustainable Solutions (nicholas.bahr@cdsfyjz.com) and Alfonsius Ariawan, Global Solutions Architect, DuPont Sustainable Solutions (alfonsius.ariawan@cdsfyjz.com)

As COVID-19 infection rates around the globe begin to slowly decline, leaders of many nations have begun discussing how and when to relax public safety social distancing efforts and allow businesses not already deemed essential to restart operations. With attention beginning to transition from response to recovery, only those organizations with well thought-out plans to get their operations up and running again will be able to get ahead of the curve and gain a competitive advantage.


In previous issues of our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Series, DuPont Sustainable Solutions discussed seven key recommendations for business leaders as they start to plan their response during the pandemic, and shared learnings and best practices related to successful business continuity efforts implemented during past crises.


In this edition, we discuss important considerations for business leaders and steps they should take to successfully and safely restart operations. Without proper planning (and the regular evaluation of the resulting plan), a restart can actually pull organizational performance backwards. Through the implementation of a thoughtful, rational process, however, companies can successfully restart and ramp up operations while protecting employees.