All over the world, businesses have been destroyed by the Coronavirus pandemic. Smaller, more local businesses have struggled the most, and there has been a huge shift in the ways that businesses are run. For some, the change has given massively varied results, from devastating issues such as bankruptcy to the much better alternative from a business point of view – major growth and expansion.
Either way, businesses are coming up with new and alternative ways to cope with the stresses of the pandemic, and some methods are becoming longer-term process changes. Here are some of the ways that businesses have changed during the pandemic and how it has helped them grow and evolve into something a lot more flexible and potentially stronger than some more traditional business models.
They have taken the time to re-invent their business
Many of the more proactive business owners have not seen this pandemic as a hindrance to their business; they have seen it as more of an opportunity to change for the better. This has given them the chance to rethink their ideas, reform their business to be bigger and better than ever. Whether this has been going through their warehouse operation and looking into newer and more efficient equipment, and building up stock on their equipment replacements, such as replacement belts for conveyors to help them be fully prepared to combat downtime, to help their business become more efficient.
They have taken the time to embrace hybrid working
Hybrid working, if you didn’t know, is a method where employees are working part-time in the office and part-time at home, meaning that they split their working week between the two locations. This has been done in many countries to either allow people to work in less crowded conditions as they would have done before the pandemic or to gently ease people back into the office environment after very long periods of working from home. This has given companies the ability to grow by enabling them to be able to expand their headcount and keep the same office space. They can do this through a process known as hot-desking.
They have had the time to be able to invest in extra training courses
There has been a huge number of benefits for businesses that have taken the time to invest in training their employees to be better at their jobs. This has made businesses become far more professional and has allowed them and their workers to become more proficient in their field, therefore providing a far higher quality service. This, in turn, allows them to ask for higher prices and consequently higher potential revenue.
To wrap things up
When it comes to businesses changing for the better, the pandemic has helped quite a few. This has been through embracing hybrid working, investing the time and money into extra training for staff members, and ensuring that their warehouses and shop floors are back ready for when people are working full time again by ensuring that they can combat downtime.