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The COVID-19 pandemic has left every business and business owner in new, uncharted territory. The aftershock of this pandemic has left many business owners facing one harsh reality: Businesses will never operate the same. When these partial lockdowns are lifted and people begin to shop again there will be a heavy emphasis on safety. Which means your business is going to have to re-engineer itself. Here are five tips to help you smooth that transition.
1. Identify Your Experience
While the personal effects of COVID-19 are felt by almost everyone, the lingering effects on businesses aren’t. As a leader, it’s important, now more than ever, for you to lead by example. Your employees should understand that the way the business operates may never be the same and that these changes may be a good thing.
2. Consider the Constraints
Risk management is a crucial part of any successful business. Map out constraints the safety concerns are imposing on your business’s process, product, and experience. This will help you better understand the problems your business is facing and how you work around them.
3. Imagine New Ways to Overcome
Now that you have identified the struggles you may face, it’s time to figure out how to work around these roadblocks. Think of this situation, not as a burden, but as an opportunity for growth. How can your business take advantage of the situation and turn it into a positive? Are there any new markets or processes that could work?
4. Reassemble Your Process and Test
Implement these changes you have brainstormed and test them out to verify its effectiveness. Given the circumstances, this may be difficult, but it’s a critical part of the process. Going into new endeavors completely blind is a risk that can be entirely avoided.
5. Remember That Re-Engineering Drives Progress
As mentioned earlier, try not to view these circumstances as an unmovable roadblock. Re-engineering in the face of uncertain times is often the catalyst for innovation and progress. In fact, a number of companies have innovated and found success in the face of this pandemic. Re-engineering your business for safety can benefit your business greatly in the long run.
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