Posted on May 28, 2020 in General
Lockdown will end. We don’t know when, but we do know it will and when it does it will give some well-deserved good news to certain people. I am pretty sure we can all do with positive news, given all the bad news we have had to tolerate.
We genuinely hope that as many businesses as possible survive this tough period, but with the end of lockdown edging ever nearer we would encourage everyone to take a good look at what they can do now to be ready for working life after lockdown.
So what does life after lockdown look like for you and where you work? What do you need to do to be able to reopen safely? What can you do now to facilitate that?
I’m sure you, like us, want life to resume with the energy and vitality to which we are accustomed. Some business owners may choose to wait this out and when regular business resumes, they will go back to doing what they used to do. However, we’d like to think that with a little careful planning, many businesses can take steps that will significantly boost their future.
Before lockdown, if you had goals, then now is the time to review them. When the UK recovery begins, there will be a growing demand for your products or services, so how are you going to prepare your business, rebuild and begin to grow again? Have short, medium and long-term goals, but keep them flexible.
Opportunities. Whether in business or personal, grab them with open arms. Talking to other business owners, we get the feeling people are more receptive to ideas and concepts than ever before. This crisis has made us all consider what life is really about and how precious time is, so expand your knowledge and embrace those opportunities.
Are there any opportunities that have arisen from coronavirus that you can seek an advantage? Perhaps you will carry on providing your service or product but in a different way. Now is a fantastic time to re-evaluate and refresh your business, even though the current climate may not be ideal. So many business owners are already doing this, locally we’ve seen restaurants, pubs and cafes offering takeaway meals and personal trainers running gym classes and PT online.
What about the future?
One thing the coronavirus outbreak has taught us is that the future is unpredictable, and it will be nothing like the past. It has also shown us resilience and that our priorities in life may not be what we thought they were. Things that we thought were impossible became possible, and we all became more flexible and open to new ways of working and communicating. What we thought was normal is no longer the case, and we have proved to ourselves that we are more connected than ever and that family, friends and community are at the heart of everything we do.
What have you learnt that has changed your outlook on the future? We’d love to hear from you.