words Al Woods
Covid-19 has shaken the world to its very core. From living in relative normality in January/February to complete mayhem in March onwards, there’s been a shift in people’s lives so big, that many countries are still scrambling to get a grasp on the situation.
However, with every world defining period of time, no matter how trying or troubling, comes opportunity to learn. In the world of business, it’s important to take the emotion out of these situations and take a cool and collected view on what the next steps for your company are. After all, as the old saying goes, the show must go on.
Here are a few things your business should invest in to not only continue through these circumstances but thrive.
Social distancing is a concept that we’re all going to be very familiar with after this pandemic. It requires a lot more space to be left between employees at all times and therefore workspaces will have to be altered to accommodate this.
This, in some cases, will mean having to spread stock and inventory across two sites instead of one in order to make space for workers. Therefore investing in new storage spaces, or adapting existing spaces to accommodate this storage is key to make sure employees can carry out their jobs safely.
Office based companies have found it incredibly difficult to continue operating in a normal capacity since the pandemic. Working in close proximity office spaces puts employees at risk and leaves the business vulnerable to having a large proportion of its workforce off at one time.
Many of these businesses have decided instead to ask their employees to work from home. Whilst this has been considered by many as an overwhelming success, it does present itself with its own set of problems.
For HR managers, it’s difficult to keep tabs on what employees are doing when, therefore implementing software which enables employees to track their time and input comments and requests on business tasks is essential.
Innovation and time to think
During this crisis, you’re going to encounter issues that can’t immediately be solved. Fortunately, entrepreneurs are well renowned for their problem-solving abilities, hence why it’s important to give yourself time to figure these things out and not rush into anything.
Collaborating and consulting with other entrepreneurs is a great way of getting over these hurdles. In today’s situation, it’s more than likely that these entrepreneurs are facing very similar issues to yourself. The key to successful brainstorm sessions like these is to leave nothing off the table. No matter how crazy an idea seems, it’s worth considering, because it may lead to a stream of ideas which could provide the answer you’re looking for.
Having an honest and open discussion about future decision making will benefit both parties and leave you with a raft of new ideas that have been signed off by a fellow businessman.