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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic


With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering Shared Services from either a global hub, or multiple regional hubs becomes problematic.  The strategy for a limited number of centers with hundreds or thousands of employees is impacted dramatically when faced with a dangerous virus that is easily transmitted between people who are working in close proximity.

Within days of the pandemic moving from China to Europe and North America, Peeriosity members were communicating and sharing information for how they were responding.  In a few weeks, in April 2020, members will participate in a Peeriosity PeercastTM featuring a panel of leading member companies sharing ideas and answering questions about Shared Services delivery with the emergence of COVID-19.  This “for members only” PeercastTM supports open and candid discussions between members in a confidential environment, completely free from outside influence or bias, with the ability for all attendees to communicate and follow up with other members at any time.

iPollingTM Results Review

Peeriosity’s iPollingTM was used recently to deliver real-time insights to how members were responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The first polling question asked about the measures member companies have adopted in response to the pandemic.  While many options and combinations were available, polling results centered on two choices, with 70% of companies adopting the combination of significantly restricted travel, working from home, and social distancing in the work environment.  The balance of 30% had not formally implemented social distancing in the work environment at the time the poll was conducted (in mid-March 2020).  Here are the details:

The second polling question asked if other measure were being taken, with 39% responding yes, 6% responding not yet, but likely, and the remaining 55% responding no, with no plans at this time. 

Here are some comments from responding companies:

Closing Summary

Peeriosity members are able to directly connect with leading peers on any issue, even ones that are completely new, where the impact on their Shared Services organizations and across their companies are significant and urgent.  Soon after the crisis became a priority for all of us, Peeriosity members were sharing ideas and discussing approaches for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Results of a recent poll on the topic suggest that all member companies are impacted, with all choosing to restrict travel and implement work from home solutions wherever possible.  For employees who are not able to work from home because of nature of their responsibilities, many are implementing social distancing recommendations to control the spread of the virus.

How has your company responded to the COVID-19 pandemic?  How valuable was your business continuity plan for helping navigate the possible solutions for how to respond? What issues or challenges are you still facing?

Who are your peers and how are you collaborating with them?


“iPollingTM” is available exclusively to Peeriosity member company employees, with consultants or vendors prohibited from participating or accessing content. Members have full visibility to all respondents and their comments. Using Peeriosity’s integrated email system, Peer MailTM, members can easily communicate at any time with others who participated in iPolling.

Peeriosity members are invited to log into www.peeriosity.com [1] to join the discussion and connect with Peers.   Membership is for practitioners only, with no consultants or vendors permitted.  To learn more about Peeriosity, click here.