- Olivia Eriksen
The business world after Covid-19
Considering the knock-on effects of the pandemic on the business world.
The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a lot of change. Industries were brought to a halt overnight, and economies were damaged just as quickly. Even now as the world is recovering, some industries appear as though they may never revert to their pre-pandemic ways entirely, and business is one of them. This article is reviewing how the business world has changed in our post-Covid era.
CHANGED WORKING PRACTICES
The way we work has changed drastically since 2020. Instead of strict 9–5 hours and office-working being the norm, the business world is now a much more flexible space. Companies are opting to offer hybrid working models to staff, with flexible hours and options to work both remotely and in person.
Businesses have realized that introducing a little more flexibility to working life has had virtually no negative impact upon productivity, so while this flexibility was at first their only option for staying afloat, it’s now the base-line standard.
It’s not just employees that are benefitting from the change in working practices either – customers are also enjoying the perks of it. Thanks to the increased technology that is now present in the business world, customers are receiving more modernized and more efficient experiences with companies.
CRISIS RESPONSE PLANS
While Covid-19 was unexpected, it was somewhat inevitable. Unfortunately, crises like the pandemic are going to occur from time to time, which means that crisis response plans must be regularly reviewed and kept up-to-date in order to minimize the damage when the next inevitability occurs.
This means reviewing team structures and ensuring that all staff are capable of working efficiently together through uncertainty, it means implementing a resilience plan to ensure the survival of a company, and it means maintaining the tools and technologies to effectively manage any crisis that comes a company’s way. As well, alternative supply chain options should be worked out for worst-case scenario eventualities.
MENTAL HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES
The last two years have brought to light the realities faced by those struggling with mental health issues, and it has been alarming to see just how many people are affected. In light of this, there has been a worldwide push to prioritize mental health awareness not just in everyday life, but also in the workplace.
This prioritization will look different for every company, but some methods being used include incorporating mental health aid into benefits packages, holding monthly mental health support groups, and ensuring that workloads are manageable and not resulting in staff burnout.
Upskilling is something that has always been a valuable part of company development and progression, but never more so than now. With employees being laid off, furloughed, or out of action due to isolation periods, the importance of upskilling is undeniable.
Ensuring that staff can wear many hats – so to speak – goes a long way to ensuring that any staff losses, be them temporary or permanent, can be covered by the rest of the team to avoid any undesirable knock-on effects.
Maintaining a strong and varied skill base is also vital in allowing companies to jump at business opportunities as they present themselves, rather than having to hold off due to a lack of employee capability. So, as well as helping during our post-pandemic world, upskilling can also help companies to maintain a competitive edge.
Change is the only sure constant in life, and while the changes to the business world were brought about due to factors that were out of everyones’ hands, they’re not necessarily a bad thing. The new business landscape, with its adaptable working practices, prioritization of employee well-being, and more all-round approach, looks bright.
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