5 Tips to Help Your Business Reopen post COVID-19
If you'd like to re-inject and re-energise your business and stay ahead of the competition, you must have a clear plan for resuming operations after the pandemic. Indeed, many post-pandemic adjustments in the workplace are expected in countries where COVID-19 has had a significant impact.
I would like to share five tips that will help your business regain any ground lost as a result of the global pandemic.
1. The New Normal is Social Distancing
Depending on your location/country, you may have been permitted to resume normal operations, but it doesn't mean the virus no longer exists. And after you've opened your doors, you'll need to maintain social distancing standards and ensure that your employees and clients do as well.
As a result, you'll need to set up your workplace so that all employees/visitors feel at ease and secure when they return or visit.
For example, you should familiarise yourself with the social distancing guidelines as laid down by your country and adhere strictly to it. Your HR and compliance teams should also keep up to date with the changing directives being issues by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other healthcare regulators in your country.
2. You May Have to Rethink Your Business Model
The business model might need to be modified effectively to respond to the changing needs of our target audience. For instance, during the pandemic, people's preferences changed due to various reasons and consequently their behaviours as buyers might have altered. You might need to take time to understand your operating landscape to ensure you understand any changes and adapt your business offering accordingly.
- What do you think would happen if you keep your current business model?
- Do you believe the business model must be reinvented to take the company to the next level?
- How long do you think you'll be able to stick with the new model
To achieve this, think about your clients, their consumption patterns, how you've been selling in the past, and how you want to articulate your adapted offering to them.
3. Visitors Must Follow the Rules (if you have proper premises)
You should begin expecting guests as soon as your office doors open. Things will gradually return to normal, from people getting deliveries to meetings with your clients. You must, however, have clear rules in place for these visits, or you could be responsible for yet another major lockdown.
Allowing people in without scanning them is not a good idea. Prepare the office and employees to consider fewer meetings and to communicate with people over the phone. The world will be safer if there are fewer people in touch. If the meeting is unavoidable, you can establish a rule that makes it easier for them to access the premises while still making you appear responsible.
Check their temperatures, see if they've been labeled positive in the past, and find out how long they've been quarantined. Assess them for any tell-tale signs, and only let them into the office if you're satisfied. Once you've started planning for the post-COVID-19 process, make a plan for how you'll approach meetings.
4. Educate your Employees on How to Return to Work Safely
By introducing preventive measures in your in your workplaces, employers will substantially reduce the spread of COVID-19. Encourage sick workers to stay at home, especially those with a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Employees should not return to work until the conditions for ending home isolation have been met.
Employees who tend to have COVID-19 symptoms when they arrive at work should be isolated from the other workers and sent home. Finally, train workers about how to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Your management should be responsible for putting in place policies and procedures to prevent the spread of disease-causing viruses:
Keep meetings to a maximum of 10 participants.
Ensure the social distancing principles are adhered to in meetings and at work.
Break times should be staggered to keep the number of workers in any given common area to a minimum.
Usage of high-touch equipment, open spaces, and gathering areas should be restricted.
Set up workstations with a minimum distance of 6 feet for all employees.
Increase the number of facility access points to reduce traffic congestion (while still maintaining appropriate security measures).
5. Create a Comprehensive Disaster Plan
One of the most significant challenges small businesses have faced during this period, in my opinion, is that many were unprepared for an outbreak. However, now that we know what can happen if companies do not prepare, now is the time to build a strategy to follow if another crisis arises in the future.
You may, for example, incorporate a specified work-from-home arrangement in your schedule or change your sick leave policy to reduce downtime.
You may not be ready to reopen your business right away, but you can begin prioritising the health and safety of your employees and customers right now.
Follow our recommendations, and you should have a softer landing when you decide to have your doors open again.