IT Governance

Is COVID-19 Responsible for Corporate Governance Reform?

The outbreak of coronavirus has brought profound challenges for board members and business leaders. Overseeing the short and long-term health of the corporation while operating from distributed locations was difficult.  In this article at Harvard Business Review, Lynn S. Paine outlines various corporate governance matters that give your board members sleepless nights.

Strategic Supervision

The corporate members are seeking ways to manage dividends, future investments, employee experience, and wellbeing. Retaining brand reputation and fulfilling shareholder’s expectations are problematic in the current circumstances.

The post-pandemic phase would bring even more complexities and pressure. Stakeholder demands will surge, and new expectations will come from consumers and employees. All these conflicting issues would impair your board members’ decision-making power. They will bring about a significant transformation in the nature and scope of your business stability.

Sustainable Policy

The corporate governance model is undergoing a pressure test in the epidemic, while the board members face significant reform implications. Follow these suggestions to beat the emerging corporate governance challenges and survive the post-pandemic era:

  • Rethink and redesign a strategy to showcase stakeholders’ significance in the smooth functioning of the organization. Take active measures to balance the trade-offs between stakeholder interests and responsibilities towards business growth. Incorporating their opinions and decisions about employees’ wellbeing could be a smart move.
  • The corporate board members must anticipate and shift attention to public issues and take proactive measures to overcome them. Clear vision, corporate responsibility, and social engagement are the keys to pleasing the institutional investors, government bodies, and the general public.
  • In the ever-evolving social and economic scenario, corporate committees must widen their vision to incorporate surveillance over compensation policies. Align compensation programs to your business strategy and meet the social commitments. It would help your organization survive the future market uncertainties.
  • Apart from focusing on the budget constraints and shareholder expectations, the board must also consider employee perspectives. Also, consider fair implications of the activities identified as unfair to your workforce.

Click on the following link to read the original article: https://hbr.org/2020/10/covid-19-is-rewriting-the-rules-of-corporate-governance

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