What helped or hindered, and what that teaches us about how to prepare for future serious disruptions.

It's about people, people, people.

2020 will go down as one of the most difficult years of modern human history because of the enormous global crisis caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

While this pandemic was a huge challenge in 2020, which continued into 2021, it is probably not the last nor even the biggest such crisis that New Zealand could face in future.

With that in mind, the Forum commissioned corporate wellbeing consultancy Revolutionaries of Wellbeing to conduct research to better understand, from a CEO perspective, what factors helped and hindered organisational responses to a pandemic.

The research aimed to identify what lessons could be learned to help us deal with any future crisis – be it another pandemic, natural disaster or other extreme event.

The research shows there are clear lessons to be learned and to act on. At the centre is one message for organisations: surviving a crisis comes down to people, people, people.

Surviving a pandemic Executive Summary PDF • 443 KB
Surviving a Pandemic Final Report PDF • 3.5 MB
Surviving a Pandemic Research Results PDF • 1.1 MB
“He aha te mea nui o te ao. He t āngata, he tāngata, he tā ngata”
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.