With COVID-19 affecting us all in some way, from serious health complications for vulnerable groups – impacting communities and public services – to unavoidable changes for businesses of all sizes, it is a time of significant adjustment.
Understandably, many companies will feel overwhelmed at this time, focusing on the welfare of their families and workforce, and while such matters are an absolute priority, for businesses looking to utilise this potentially quiet period to re-evaluate business processes and develop new ideas, we have listed some opportunities to better your business.
Considering staff feedback
If you have a staff suggestion box that is near overflowing, there is no better time to go through it. You may find some constructive criticism that you can work to address and plan a solution around. For example, if an employee suggests implementing a recycling scheme should or if would like more company social events to help with team building, you can consider these ideas going forward to help improve your working environment and staff satisfaction.
Health & Safety
Before many businesses had to allow employees to work from home or needed to close their doors temporarily, there may have been occasions where you felt concerned about the health and safety of your staff and whether you were adequately equipped to protect them.
Now is the time to reflect on this and think about ways you can ensure better health and safety measures are in place. This includes having a designated health and safety officer, outsourcing a regular cleaner, ensuring all bathrooms and kitchens have anti-bacterial hand wash, and depending on your sector, providing comprehensive training to staff on how they can protect themselves, their colleagues and customers.