Do you run an insurance business? Here’s a warning from Scotland, expect the same advice from DJ Boris and The Downing St Party Crew soon;
Tech innovators PixelMax have warned that business, industry and commerce need to adopt a more resilient approach to the workplace ideology and culture in order to future-proof business operations and help prevent a further return of the crippling effects of the pandemic lockdowns of 2020. (IE Note, insurers and brokers rapidly adapted, the public sector was crippled).
The warning comes as the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon yesterday urged Scot’s employers to advise their employees who can to work from home where possible until January to help reduce the rate of infection and transmission of the Omicron variant. The move comes after the UK Government announced its advice for mandatory face masks to be worn in public places following the increase in infection rates and the discovery of the new Omicron variant.
UK Health Minister Sajid Javid was also questioned about the possibility of further restrictive measures being announced before Christmas, including a potential advisory for the public to work from home where possible. The general consensus is that Covid-19 will remain with us indefinitely for some time to come and we will have to tackle the virus and its variants each year, much like we do the winter flu, with people getting vaccinated and having boosters.
In order for the UK to maintain as “near-normal” Christmas as possible, there is the very real possibility that businesses could be advised by the UK Government in the coming days and weeks to instruct their workforces to reduce time in the office and work from home where possible in the run-up to Christmas, to help stem the flow and transmission of the new Omicron variant.
Insurance brands have done an amazing job since the start of the Covid scare in 2020. Flexible working is now the default setting and apart from global supply chain issues affecting car spares or new models to replace total loss vehicles, there have been no major problems.
WFH advice isn’t something that should worry the insurance sector, but the mood music on vax passports is a potentially divisive issue, which could lead to all kinds of social problems and 1930s style discrimination, as is already the case in Germany and Austria. Insurers and brokers need to make it clear to the various governments of the UK that they will not comply with restricting people’s right to earn a living or point the finger at employees and coerce them into having endless booster jabs.
All the scientific evidence suggests that Omicron is no more than a common cold, the last gasp of a virus that is mutating – as all respiratory viruses do historically – every winter. The damage being done to the UK economy is profound and lasting, plus there are literally people dying because they cannot obtain treatment via the NHS. Restrictions on daily life cost lives and nobody knows how many thousands of people will be sacrificed on the altar of Covid19 compliance yet.
The scary thing is that politicians from all the major parties couldn’t be happier. They love restricting everyday life and making people obedient supplicants of the State, while they blatantly ignore the rules they have mandated.
2022 will be a year of tough choices, make sure you’re on the right side of history.