The pandemic has wreaked havoc upon our lives in so many ways. Every business has had to make the biggest of changes. But the great thing is that most businesses adapted to it in their stride. A great example is remote working, but now that there is a slight glimmer of hope in getting back to normality. There will have to be a holistic approach. As a business, you may want to get back to the way things were before the crisis hit, but also, you will have to change your approach to adapt to the “new normal.” So what will it take for businesses to get back to normality, or the new normal, as soon as possible?
A Mixture of Remote and On-Site Working
Many businesses are now adapting by having this exact mixture of working. This will bring about many questions, especially with regards to businesses that feel they're losing money by not having people on-site. In addition, it means that employees may still bring COVID symptoms into the office without realizing it. But this is where strict implementation of the rules will benefit everyone. Many organizations are now making the most of a thermal scanner as an extra layer of precaution. Remote working and on-site working will help businesses who have just been working remotely exclusively. The great thing is that now, you are able to recognize who has been productive at home and who has not. Those people who want to continue working at home can do so, but the others can come back onto the office floor.
Addressing Your Status Quo
In many industries, the supply chain is crucial. If you are struggling at the moment because of limited logistics, you need to take stock of where you are and see what will happen when you adapt to normality again. You may be working on a skeleton staff right now, as well the suppliers, but as life returns to normal, this will require a new selection of rules. You may have changed your processes in the meantime because you had the luxury of time and space. This means that your suppliers will have to change their way of operating as well. When you assess what you are doing, it gives you the opportunity to adapt, but you also need to remember information needs to be assimilated quickly. This is why you need to layout a solid emergency plan, but also make sure that the organization has a solid understanding of the core processes going forward.
We might see the end in sight. But, we must remember that we can plan a gradual return to normality, only to have it snatched away from us. The best lesson we can all learn from this crisis is how to adapt if something similar was to happen again. Because we must remember that the Coronavirus will mutate, and this could mean that in five or ten years’ time, the potential for shutdowns may happen again. It's not a good idea to think that it is in the past. But rather, use this opportunity as the biggest lesson.
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