A Practice’s Guide to Preparing for Winter 2020

How Covid-19 will affect accountancy firms during winter 2020

We don’t want to sound like party poopers, just as the nation is getting back on its feet. But we do want you to be prepared for the inevitable and have a plan in place to ensure 2020 ends far better than it began!

Crisis planning and management

The winter months WILL bring bugs. And illness, time off work, forced isolation and COVID testing will create far more disruption than normal seasonal colds and flu.

There are fears that the change in season could create a second wave of the disease – possibly bigger than the first. While others suggest normality will resume by Christmas. As we are dealing with a relatively new virus, it’s impossible to predict just how catastrophic this could be. 

But one thing is for sure. As a business owner, you need to be prepared. So, what plan can you put in place to ride the potential storm? 

The answer is simple…a flexible workforce.

The accountancy business benefits of a flexible workforce

As temperatures drop, we wave goodbye to sunshine, ditch the BBQs and head inside, swap remote working in favour of going back into the office and close the doors behind us. All creating a perfect environment for Coronavirus to spread. 

It is estimated that only 5% of people in the UK have been infected so far and although our “new normal” social distancing and handwashing may prevent the spread of bugs – including colds and flu, we cannot rely on this. So, complacency is not an option. 

It’s critical to your business operations – and your bottom line, that you have a strategy in place to continue providing a service to your clients without compromising the health of your workforce.

One of the easiest ways to achieve this is by having interim staff on short term contracts to cover the period of disruption.  

While you continue to function in a really agile way during the winter months, not only do you maintain your high standards and achieve your targets, but you increase the morale of your existing staff who could otherwise feel overworked and overwhelmed. 

“Now is the time to fully understand the roles, skills and technology your business requires to plan and fulfil Covid-19 response work-streams.

However, advertising, recruiting, training and retaining staff takes time. Something that accountancy firm business owners simply don’t have within the current climate. 

Outsourcing the deployment of interim staff is a sensible decision. Leaving you to carry on with business as usual.”

Garry Howling. Public Practice Recruitment Ltd

So, where should you begin? 

First, read our guide on finding the right recruiter.

Then, if you decide that we might just be the right recruiter for you….

Call us on 0333 577 778 or email info@publicpracticerecruitment.co.uk

We are a specialist recruiter matching accountancy firms with the top talent in the market. That means we have an incredible market knowledge, great relationships with a diverse pool of interim workers and we can offer you opinions, advice and the latest developments within the profession.


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