Reopening business after being in the low for almost two years must be exciting for you. However, it can be stressful as well because you are being hunted with any possibilities of failures during those hard times. It is like the last two years are enough to give any business trauma to move forward. However, the vaccination rate is increasing which means it is time for entrepreneurs to gear up and return to ‘normal’, as normal as it can be.
What to do to reopen your business safely and successfully
Reopening business can very challenging especially after the pandemic. In fact, the pandemic is still on going and has not been fully contained. There is always a risk for outbreaks and other unexpected situation. It may make you doubt your decision to reopen. The most important thing of it all is to also include your customers and team’s need into consideration.
Prioritize the health of your team
Your team including all your employees should be in your top priority. Let them know that you prioritize their physical and mental well-beings. Hence, empower it to them by creating the ability for them to make their own decision in preserving their health. Give them flexible sick leaves, option of remote working, and overall standard wellness for the entire office.
Take safety precaution
Make sure that your employees are all vaccinated. Provide them paid time off during the workday to get vaccinated as well as free transport to the nearby clinics. Make sure to record proof of vaccination. Take safety precautions by using one-way-system, social distancing, deep cleaning, regular testing, and more. Don’t get complacent just because the situation is getting better.
Provide flexible working arrangements
A return to normality is important to keep the growth of your business. Hence, it is important to provide more flexibility to the working arrangements for your employees. Give the option of remote work from home, work from the office, and hybrid work mode. Remember that back to normal doesn’t always mean everything should return to the way it was before the pandemic. The world has shifted significantly and your business need to pivot accordingly to stay afloat.
Understand your team’s needs and concerns
Some of your employees might not feel as safe to be back to the office. Instead of giving them ultimatum or threat, it is best to provide them a sense of safety. Try to get better understanding the cause of their worries or concerns. Then, find more customized solutions to help achieve goals. Make sure that your approach in this allows your team to grow together safely.
Build open communication with customers
Your customers should be in your top list priority. They also have their own worries regarding to the situation with the global pandemic. To make sure that you understand their needs, build open communication. Find as much information as possible because it can be what pave you to the right path with your business as well. Talking to your customers is a way to open the gate.