Helping rail companies on the journey back to smarter ways of working

Rail specialist Journey 4 has developed a Re-Mobilisation Planning service to help organisations plan for the re-mobilisation of their teams during the pandemic.

The management consultancy specialist has teamed up with The Natural Risk Company to jointly deliver the service. The aim is to not just help companies recover from COVID-19, but also to help with the processes needed to manage future risks from extreme events.

Journey4 director Stuart Pearce said: “We have worked with our partner to consider how resilient organisations have been to natural disasters like the pandemic and how well their risk management and business continuity plans have coped during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We have linked this risk-based approach to our employee-led approach and developed a quick, effective planning service to help organisations make the transition back to smarter ways of working.”

The Re-Mobilisation Planning service draws on numerous online discussions, several months of experience of working fully online and builds on services delivered successfully over a number of years.

This four-week service includes the following components:

  • Vision and strategy review – reiterate the business vision and strategy, or modify it in light of the COVID-19 impact, to give people a clear sense of purpose to focus on throughout the transition and beyond.
  • Risk management and business resilience/ continuity planning – assess the rigor of existing risk management processes and business resilience / continuity plans to see how they performed and identify if they need to be improved.
  • People, Engagement and Culture audit – a qualitative assessment to review the main People, Engagement and Cultural components and address the following questions: how did the leadership perform; how did people react; how do employees feel about the business now; and what do leaders could do to maintain / rebuild engagement and a (more) positive culture learning from these lessons?
  • Re-mobilisation planning – programme management to properly plan and execute the re-mobilisation process to ensure a smooth transition that keeps employees focused and motivated.

Stuart said: “We believe the learnings from this period can be used to help organisations transform future business models and harness some of the benefits of increased productivity, improved communication and enhanced employee well-being experience through working from home.

“At the same time, we also need to address those things that haven’t worked so well, such as social interaction, feelings of isolation and some of the practical and technical issues of working remotely and using a domestic space for work.

“This is why our service is vital and comes at a time when it looks like we could be facing tougher restrictions for the next six months. This will impact how organisations are planning to operate, recognising that their business models may have changed, or need to change permanently.

“Having the right processes and procedures in place could be vital if businesses are to survive and prosper over the longer term.”

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