COVID-19 is the main buzzword in mainstream media, and almost all countries across the world are struggling with this unknown and deadly virus. It has killed thousands of people, interrupted the lives of millions, and it is still unclear when we can go back to our normal life.
The business community is heavily affected by the COVID-19, and it has to deal with hundreds of billions of dollars in damages in the post-pandemic days. Small and mid-size businesses will encounter harder situations and have to strive to stay alive. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, recovering from COVID-19 impacts could take until 2023 for the US and Eurozone’s economies.
But what does business look like in a post-pandemic world? How can employees return to the office while the virus is still hanging around, and they are exposed to it?
Although the ending time is unclear, it is predictable that business owners, executives, and investors must be well-prepared for the aftershocks of Coronavirus, because going back to pre-pandemic life may not be possible at all.
Business Is Open- It’s Time to Get Back to Work
Businesses can’t stay closed anymore, and sooner or later, they will be opened again. The Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, stated that US businesses could be open in May, so get your things ready to return to the office and work on regular hours.
In returning to work, new behaviors must be adopted by employees to keep everyone safe and prevent virus transmission. Working zone, way of collaboration, customer service, and revenue streams are changed, and workforces have to adapt to an all-new environment with a new set of regulations.
It won’t be easy for people to adjust to the new office, and the complaints will rise gradually. Following this return to work, the guidelines will help you to get accustomed to the future new workplace.
How to Get Back to Work Safely?
The post-pandemic workplace will change, and employees must respect a kind of social distancing in the workplace. Before entering the office, the employee’s body temperature should be checked, and people with suspicious symptoms should be prevented from entering. When going in, there will be more space between desks, and everyone should maintain a safe distance with a coworker.
The social distancing will continue in elevators, dining halls, hallways, and meeting rooms. Working hours should also be modified to prevent mass gatherings. Working on shifts and allowing some workers to operate remotely are some recommended strategies to have less staff at the workplace.
How Should Teams Collaborate?
Obviously, the way people collaborate in the office will change a lot. Decreased productivity is the primary result of the post-pandemic workplace. Short stand-up meetings in hallways must be held in a safe distance and detailed, and long meetings must be held with the least number of people in one place.
Employees must use online apps and services for sharing a document. Even hiring strategy must change, and HR managers should look for additional qualities like fast adaptability to changes in candidates.
Talk with Customers and Let Them Know the Plans for Post-pandemic Situation
The business strategy will change in the post-pandemic world, and adjusting the customer service according to new situations must be a priority to maintain customer trust in business. Tell them the business is open, and they will receive service in a new and safe way.
Financial Status after Returning to Work
Despite all the financial losses that COVID-19 imposed on businesses, there are many chances to recover and even operate on a new market with new demands. While the business is open, the CFO’s role will be much more important in the future of the company.
Financial Forecasting for the Remainder of the Year
Having a cash flow is vital for a business in the post-pandemic world. Once the business is open, the first thing to do is to estimate the incurred losses and forecast the financial status for the remainder of the year. This will help managers to set more realistic goals and KPIs for the budget and spend money wisely.
New Revenue Streams
The post-pandemic world won’t be a world full of financial losses and disaster for business. New fields for the offering service will appear, and there will be a bulk of customers with new demands. Business executives, CFOs, and CMOs’ should develop strategies for new services and attract a new group of customers. This can bring a competitive advantage over competitors.
These new services generate new sources of revenue for the business. After returning to work, successful businesses are ones that have a pre-planned approach for new services and revenue streams.
What do you think of the post-pandemic world? What are your plans for adapting to the new normal?