Returning to the Workforce: What you need to get your business back on track

Many of us have experienced unemployment due to the recent pandemic. Although it has been difficult, the most important step to secure a successful return is to make sure your business is ready to open to the public once again. Just like starting your business for the first time, there are many obstacles you’ll face when re-opening post-COVID-19. Addressing these concerns will not only allow your employees’ minds to be put at ease, but your consumers’ minds as well.

The following five steps are key to ensuring a healthy return for your business:

1. Maintain cleanliness.
Once your business is able to return to the workforce, employees may be concerned about their safety with being so close in proximity to their coworkers. According to Workest, you should make sure both you and your employees are continuing to keep a six-foot distance. If that doesn’t seem like a realistic goal, creating physical barriers between desks or only inviting back employees whose positions need to be done physically in the office, can also help stop the spread of any sickness. Along with this, enforcing the cleaning of desks and other common products touched amongst the office will stop any virus in its tracks from being spread.

Make sure to keep open communication with employees so if some feel unsafe or sick, you can easily accommodate and ask them to stay home. To ensure the introduction of remote work is seamless and secure, check out a cloud service like Teams from Office 365, which will help you stay productive while working remotely.

2. Identify where your profits are.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has hit businesses hard financially, which means when you return, you may face a lack of funds. To regain your balance, Accenture says you should identify what products or services generate the most cash or profits for your business. Focus on reopening those aspects of your business so you can create fuel for additional growth in the next stages of your opening. After each step of opening your business, make sure it is stable enough to move forward.

There are many companies willing to help smaller businesses who are hurting financially right now. If you feel like you’re not ready to commit to a new technology investment, four tech companies are offering free services to help businesses get back on their feet. Avaya Cloud by RingCentral is even offering free phones for 3 years, so make sure you take advantage of these helpful promotions.

3. Remember who your business is.
Other than rethinking how we’re living our daily lives, McKinsey & Company wants us to rethink our organizations. There was a reason why you started your company and a reason why you continue to have the dedication to do the work you do. To create a long-term competitive advantage, identify who you are, and keep that clear between you and your employees. “One noticeable characteristic of companies that have adapted well is that they have a strong sense of identity.” If you are struggling to find this identity, try to start from scratch. Use this time to re-define your story and come out from the pandemic stronger than ever.

4. Keep yourself informed.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce advises that all business owners remain well informed on the COVID-19 crisis. Although you may feel ready to open, it’s important to stay up to date on the state of the virus and become well aware of all the precautions to take. “Government agencies and public health organizations are the best places to find accurate, updated information for businesses that are looking to reopen.” The CDC’s and White House’s official coronavirus website are the best places to get accurate and helpful information.

That being said, it’s important to also remain cognizant of phishing emails that pose as government officials. Many scammers are using the pandemic as a way to reel in worried employees through enticing email subject lines and eventually steal critical company information. Access our “Scammers Leveraging Coronavirus Fears” article for more details on how to best protect your institution from these cyber-attacks.
5. Let your employees know you're grateful.
Many of your employees may be nervous about returning to work whether it’s for themselves or their families. The fear of going back into public remains a high concern for many individuals around the world. According to SnapComms, a boost in employee morale will result in a successful business. Let your employees know how much you appreciate their commitment to the company. Be aware of any concerns they may have and make sure to address the achievements they’ve made. 
If you’re still feeling nervous about going back to work, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers fabulous resources for the evolving post-coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 caused great financial damage to countless businesses around the world. However, with any great disaster, it’s important to learn from past catastrophes to better prepare yourself in case a new tragedy strikes. Ensure your technology is up to speed, so your business is ready to take on anything. Get in touch with Nutmeg Technologies for the best matched IT service solution for your business.