How have you felt during that past 18 months, for me it has been interesting to watch and get involved in the discussions that have unfolded around education and organisation response throughout the COVID-19 response and recovery.
There are many global examples of how individuals within Government, Public Sector leaders, suppliers and individuals within procuring organisations have used the opportunity to manipulate procurement systems under the umbrella of national health urgency.
It has been an invaluable period of learning and discovery, that due to the restrictions on being able to meet and discuss global issues face to face, individuals have been forced to be more creative and communicate and coordinate via the various social media and webinar routes and in fact has created an awakening that this method of education and awareness should be the new norm and that maximising the opportunity for learning in various subjects should be easily accessible.
From watching global discussions by the World Economic Forum through to awareness training on risk from organisations in Canada, UK and the USA to discussing national strategy in Nigeria and developing risk and education solutions with organisations in South Africa, UK and the USA, it is clear that the value and impact of technology within global virtual education and the opportunity for change couldn’t be more important.
At the core of a future response to a significant national or global event, three areas need to be introduced into the discussion and planning:
THE GROWTH OF ORGANISED CRIME WITHIN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
As COVID-19 impacted the majority of organisations globally, a maturity assessment and gap analysis should be conducted to measure performance and organisations ability to respond to future incidents, specifically, where we are now and where we need to get to to ensure that future impact is identified or mitigated. Areas to consider should include:
As part of an assurance program gaps in knowledge and training should be assessed, specifically, what do we need to acquire or build to ensure that a workforce is able and has the flexibility to respond to the next incident or major event with reduced impact to the organisation? Areas of initial assessment should include:
At no time has education been more important to organisation development and ability to respond to future disasters. One thing that the global pandemic has taught us, is that this risk is now part of our global society and that such events will happen again.