The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging on for quite a while now, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down any time soon. Especially now, with winter just around the corner, the numbers of cases have started to shoot up all over the world (or at least the Northern Hemisphere). Countries that have been too quick to ease up on the restrictions have found themselves in dire straits, which has once again shaken up the world of business.
If you are a small business owner, then you are certainly well aware of how much economic distress COVID-19 has caused. Regardless of the industry, failing to adapt to rapidly changing regulations could mean the difference between your company staying afloat and going under.
The Internet was the savior of many small to medium-sized firms, with online software-as-a-service businesses helping out many mom-and-pop shops by lowering financial demands. For example, ClickFunnels pricing has drastically decreased over the last couple of months, allowing many businesses to streamline their sales processes when the traditional ways of doing so were simply unavailable.
With another total lockdown being right around the corner in many European and North American countries, we’ve decided to take a look at how these restrictions could impact businesses and organizations. Surprisingly, the results were not all that negative!
Post Lockdown Impact on Your Business
Remote Work and Worker Satisfaction
Contrary to what many businessmen and women were afraid of, making the switch to the “home office” mode wasn’t so disastrous for corporations and smaller firms alike. As it turned out, employees were more relaxed and willing to put the extra effort in when working from the comfort of their own homes. It might have something to do with the surroundings or not having to deal with commuting to and from the office, but most workers report higher job satisfaction levels when they’re allowed to carry out their duties from home.
If you handle it correctly, work from home might just become the future of your company. Of course, there are challenges to overcome when it comes to making that switch. You need to provide your employees with the right communication software and information on how to reach out to all of the different departments of your company whenever they may need to do so. If you neglect this, the effects may cause more of a crisis in your firm than the pandemic itself!
Re-evaluating Your Methods
Times like the COVID-19 crisis are great for taking some time to consider your company’s methods and its capacity to handle unexpected challenges. As a small business owner aspiring to increase your profit margins and grow in size, you may want to look at this time as an opportunity to take an objective look at your business’s modus operandi and adjust it so that you can always meet the demand, regardless of what regulations and difficulties get thrown your way.
It may be something as simple as increasing the quality of your services. Still, you might also have to rethink your supply chain so that you’re not completely dependent on international suppliers to stay afloat. 2020 has proven that the global economy is much more fragile than we’d like it to be.
There is not enough data on the future effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and, more importantly, the governmental responses to this crisis and how they have impacted the economy. A global health crisis like this one is bound to send economic shockwaves across the world, but according to most experts, we are still in the decisive, formative phase of this whole mess.
It means that by taking a look at the immediate effects of your government’s policy and preparing for the potential changes, your business might not only survive the crisis but also come out stronger on the other end of it! Consider global trends and the policy of other countries when making decisions regarding your businesses. This way, you’ll always have the big picture in mind and will stay in line with the trends that international firms follow to keep making profits.
The Bottom Line
No one knows what the post-COVID world is going to look like. Whether most of the business activity will get moved online, or things will go back to normal (plus the everpresent masks and hand sanitizers), one thing is certain: adaptability is the most crucial aspect of going forward.
The same thing goes for corporations relying on office work – if you’re managing an office and are clueless about keeping communication alive when everybody’s working from home, it is the impact of your incompetence, not the virus, that could potentially run your business to the ground.
The outbreak was an unexpected and scary thing, but it is not impossible to adjust to this new reality we’re all living in, especially half a year into the pandemic. With the right technological know-how and willingness to make some changes, you might just pull through it with a redesigned, improved company under your wings.
Maciej Grzymkowski – an avid traveler with a particular affinity for Southeast Asia.