Planning for a Pandemic: Restarting Your Business in the New Normal

After the pandemic, businesses are looking at bringing back what was lost. There were the ones affected heavily by the COVID-19 restrictions as most of them were forced to close. Not everyone made it back, and those who do find themselves struggling to maintain their profits.

Leaders are preparing to come back and make their way through the murky waters of the pandemic. Let’s face it: not everyone has a solid corporate growth strategy for soaring just right after the pandemic. While there are some that have a significant plan to jump-start their business or restart their startup in the new normal, most businesses that managed to bear the weight of the lockdown are struggling to keep up.

It’s not that hard to keep up with reopening after the pandemic if you’ve got a clear-cut plan. Follow your goals and try out these tips to bring back your business from the verge of closing down after the pandemic.

Touch Base with your Workforce on How Remote Work Went

Remote work is a good thing, contrary to what others may think. There’s also the possibility that you and your workforce may not be on the same page. Before you think about going back to your pre-pandemic office status, try to ask them about their experiences in doing office work.

Did your employees and leaders learn from the new environment, or was it detrimental to their work patterns? Was it effective for your customer engagement plans? You should try to ask these questions in a timely manner.

You should also remember to ask questions that are relevant to the industry that you are in, as well as those that are pertinent to your company. It’s important to know what changes you can continue and what else you need to work on.

Focus and Prioritize on What Needs to be Done

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When you come back to work — whether in the office or on a continuing remote basis — you should know which work to ‘focus and prioritize’ on. Did you encounter some particularly hard experiences with a certain product or service? Usually, you’ll know what you need to work on just by those experiences.

If these problems are more than one, list them down and then work on what is most important, then move from the top down. It’s a good tactic and it often helps you remain on top of the situation. Focusing on more than one item can lead you to quit working on it out of stress and frustration.

Revisiting your Risk Management Plan

Are you finding it difficult to decide whether you should reopen or move on from your business? If so, maybe you need to revisit your risk management plan. In the case of businesses, this involves identifying the risks encountered during a pandemic, and developing strategies on how to work around these risks and reopen the business.

More often than not, this will show you if you need to work on bringing your business back around or completely scrapping it. Businesses do fail, but you shouldn’t give up just yet.

Create an Adequate Incident Response Plan

This isn’t something you’ll want to act upon, especially during this pandemic. An incident response plan is something that helps you decide what actions to make should there be a loss of life or limb in the case of a calamity. In the case of this pandemic, this is if an employee dies due to the virus.

If you have someone from your workforce that’s sick, act so that you won’t have to visit your incident response plan in a worst-case scenario. Death could also cost your company a significant amount of money, and you certainly won’t want that.

Craft Recovery Plans That are Easy to Do

Once you’ve worked out the kinks and have decided to reopen, you should work on a recovery plan that’s based on the worst that could happen. Preparing for the worst isn’t actually preparing for the ‘worst’; it’s working on something that could best address the unknown.

No one knew what would happen when the COVID-19 virus first arrived. Most businesses would’ve enacted a proactive recovery plan. Most of the workforce going remote belongs to this category. Be conscious of the possible effects and learn how to adjust to any sudden, unknown incidents if you want to recover successfully.

Running a business might not be too simple if you consider these scenarios. It is what it is, though, and if you love your business, then you’ll do everything in your power to reopen. Try to see whether you’ve done any of these tips and what you can do to make them fit into your plans for your own business.

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