Avoiding Burnout Despite Disruptive Changes by Implementing New Business Strategies

Avoiding Burnout Despite Disruptive Changes by Implementing New Business Strategies

By John Bailey | June 4, 2020

The world took a devastating turn when Covid-19 challenged the norms of interaction. From office arrangements to business set-ups, to academic activities, everything that people have grown accustomed to becoming nothing more than just a distant reality. For quite some time, the government implemented strict measures of limiting physical interactions such as closing down non-essential businesses, shops, and even prohibiting mass gatherings.

As the scale of business operations dwindle from minimal to none, both entrepreneurs and employees struggle with the uncertainties of the future. People are forced into their homes with no guarantee of financial support and no assurance of going back to work in the nearest future.

For those that are still operating, such as essential shops and stores, dealing with the “new normal” is both scary and exhausting. Such industry demands take a toll on employees’ and entrepreneurs’ emotional, physical, and mental health. If you would like to help your employees avoid burnouts in the workplace, here are our most essential tips that you can follow.

Pivoting Like Never Before
In a business’s sense, pivoting is adapting to a new strategy, especially when a current one is deemed ineffective and inefficient. Transitioning into the “new normal” requires a significant pivotal action that businesses should quickly adapt.
Pivoting doesn’t have to be limited to what the “new normal” requires. For example, since dining isn’t allowed because of the risk of physical interactions, you can pivot your business strategies into making home-cooked goodness deliverable to loyal customers.

Leading Through Example and Open Communication
Changes like wearing face masks, keeping areas sanitized at all times, and cleaning every surface every few minutes cause panic and confusion. If your establishment is open to serve the people, better serve as the example for hygienic measures and new routines to follow.

On the other hand, if everyone is bound to stay at home and continue tasks online, be the one that your employees look up too. Finish tasks before the set deadline, follow-up on their progress, and ask for their feedback about the new set-up.

Despite these trying times, you need to keep your ears open for concerns such as difficulty in coping up with deadlines, safety issues, transportation woes, connectivity problems, and more. Being an active listener gives employees a sense of assurance.

Incorporating Continuity Strategies in Your New Business Model
There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic changed our ways and priorities. For the most part, it has made us evaluate which aspects we should prioritize should a pandemic grace our ways again. As you adapt to the new normal, take the time to assess and ask yourselves how you are going to continue operations effectively.

To elaborate further, let’s consider this business model. For example, you offer delivery services to your customers. To entice them into purchasing more (more purchases, more income to cover up expenses), you can offer discounts on bulk orders or offer packages (if you plan to avoid dealing with unused resources).

When people discover how much value you’re offering them, you’re bound to make income despite how small it can be. The vital aspect of this continuity strategy is the sustainability of operations. Not to mention the fact that having this kind of strategy minimizes fear because of a systematic approach to operations.

Final Notes
As every person, employee or owner embraces the “new normal”, innovations must be done to provide satisfactory customer service without compromising employee’s health and safety. If you focus on these two things, you can make the “new normal,” a “new advantage.

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