It’s official, Omicron is over – well, according to the NSW and Victorian governments at least, who have removed both work from home recommendations and mask mandates in the workplace. Both states are currently suffering from ailing CBD economies, with businesses in both Sydney and Melbourne struggling to get back to BAU with bills mounting and only a small number of office workers to patronise them. However, it’s important to remember that, sadly, the pandemic is ongoing, an
We had briefly mentioned cybersecurity as a potential issue in one of our last blog posts (which discussed the trend of more people working from home), but considering the enormous risk that it poses to businesses at the moment we thought it was worth going into a bit more detail. As we reported previously, cyber-attacks tend to go up dramatically during an economic crisis (or any crisis, really). This is primarily due to two reasons:
1. Cyber criminals try to take advantag
As COVID-19 has continued to terrorise the world (especially here in Melbourne, where we’re back in stage 4 lockdown), many people have decided to postpone their training sessions until the pandemic has passed. Well, ‘until the pandemic has passed’ looks like a time increasingly far away into the future and it seems ‘these times’ will be ‘the new normal’ for longer than we’d initially thought. Although most people are still working remotely (and some will be for quite some ti
We are currently battling our way through the long-dreaded ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 infections down here in Victoria and it hasn’t been going particularly well so far. Despite hunkering down into Australia's first Stage 4 lockdown and making face coverings mandatory, experts argue that the state government was too slow to react and that complacency (including lax security at a hotel quarantine) has allowed the virus to spiral even more out of control than the first outbreak
As our government starts to cautiously take one baby step forward at a time in their three-step ‘COVIDSafe Australia’ plan, both employers and employees alike are starting to wonder what the post-COVID work world will look like.
Steps one and two of the government’s plan advises ‘working from home if it works for you and your employer’, whilst step three assumes that it will become safe to return to the workplace. However, prominent Harvard epidemiologist William Hanage has
If there’s one mistake that’s often made in our industry, it’s thinking of a crisis occurring as a singular, one-off event. Sure, it may have multiple consequences across several areas, but it usually all stems from the one incident. The building has caught fire, what do you do? Use the fire extinguisher if possible, call the fire department, evacuate yourself and other occupants safely, activate your CIMT, alert authorities and stakeholders. Phew – well it’s not easy but we’
Photo by wavebreakmedia/shutterstock.com Or as they say, ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’. And given the rate that this coronavirus mutates and transmits, it’s safe to say that the broth of truth has certainly been made murky with the amount of misinformation and conflicting messages that have burst onto the scene whilst we all try and battle this fast-changing pandemic.
It is of course incredibly important to keep up to date on a regular basis of any changes that are hap
There’s no denying that we are now living through a crisis not seen before in most people's lifetimes – not just in terms of public health but in terms of an economic recession, which according to the IMF is predicted to be far worse than the 2008 global financial crisis. With travel, hospitality, retail, events and entertainment sectors almost totally shut down, it is expected that the global workforce will lose the equivalent of 305 million full-time jobs — a figure not see
Image by The Verge, Feb 2020 Australia has been on a nationwide Stage 3 lockdown since the end of March which has been extended until at least mid-May, with further restrictions expected to take place to help 'flatten the curve’ of the coronavirus outbreak. This means that all non-essential workers are required to work from home wherever possible and has also meant the closure of business services such as retail, hospitality, the arts, sports and entertainment. However, there