The pandemic has changed the economy, impacting the way we do business in multiple ways. Some businesses have struggled to adapt, while others have developed innovative and creative solutions to unprecedented problems.
How does the world of business look in a post-pandemic world? Which of the creative COVID-19 business switches are here to stay? Though nothing is certain, these five trends will change the corporate landscape after lockdowns lift:
1. Doing Business Wherever You Can
It seems logical to strive for a permanent office or place of work as a business. You want stability and a sense of security. Post pandemic, however, many companies have been doing business wherever they can, and that isn’t about to change. Whether you use temporary serviced offices, a colleague’s garden, or a dining room video call, the rules around acceptable corporate environments have changed.
It may seem like these remote meetings are odd working spaces are a novelty. However, the fact is that the world of business was working towards being much more flexible, even before the pandemic. COVID-19 just fast-forwarded this change, meaning there’s no looking back now.
2. Digital Rapport Remains
Businesses are now handling the majority of their communications digitally. In doing so, they’ve also had to maintain their friendly, informative, and personable approach with the people they serve. Healthcare facilities, in particular, have done wonders saving lives whilst also building amazing digital rapport with patients.
Holding onto those digital rapport skills is vital in the post-pandemic world. Your business will benefit because this tactic helps build your brand while expanding your reach.
3. The Handshake Could Be Over
Studies tell us that handshaking provides a lot of information about a person. For example, a strong handshake tends to give the impression we are more open to experience, and we aren’t shy. Strong handshakes are also thought to give us a higher chance of interview success.
If so much is said through a handshake, how will removing that piece of communication affect the world of business? We’re about to find out. For the foreseeable future, we can all expect to see a lack of handshakes in the world of business.
4. Protection Against Production Problems
Data shows that industrial production in China fell by 13.5 percent in the first two months of 2020. This is severe, more stark than those caused by the previous decade’s financial crisis or the SARS outbreak. This kind of production issue has been echoed worldwide, causing a total catastrophe in the global supply chain.
Moving forward, expect clients and customers to enquire about how you will operate in a future pandemic. Corporations that future-proof against potential future breaks in production will be much more likely to win business. Corporations are also likely to diversify their supply chain, adding multiple supplier tiers as protection.
5. What Are You Really Made Of?
The virus has exposed every single entrepreneur and company for what they really are. Some businesses, like Unilever, have come out tops, donating millions of dollars worth of stock to support all kinds of virus-related causes. Other companies have shown a less desirable side, refusing to pay out insurance claims and treating their staff terribly throughout the virus. Expect a change in the future with clients, customers, and anybody you do business with wanting full transparency.
In addition to the general mayhem it has caused, the novel coronavirus has changed business for the better. The best thing we can all do is learn and evolve into this new phase of doing business.