You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
To crib from the legend that is Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ is a line that has rarely been more poignant than it is right now.
So many of us are currently fully appreciating things which before the Covid-19 outbreak we had taken for granted - freedom, family, socialising, human contact…or creature comforts, such as a favourite coffee shop. Many businesses are also taking stock and appreciating now what they no longer have - the face to face meetings, the office camaraderie or – in some cases – the services they have cancelled.
The effects of Covid-19 plunged many businesses into survival mode, almost overnight. Times are tough for many, who are doing whatever they can to weather the storm by battening down the hatches and cutting costs whilst making the most of arising opportunities and government interventions.
Some, as soon as they began to get a whiff of how the crisis might affect their business, terminated contracts as quickly as they furloughed staff, in order to give their business a fighting chance of survival.