COVID-19 has affected the world tremendously. It came and caused a disruption in not only in one country, but globally. It started from China and has affected the entire world within just a few months. This pandemic brought an economic recession with it as well, and countries that were flourishing a few months prior to it are now facing a tremendous fallout in their economy, which can easily take up to five to six years to fall back in place.
Apart from that, this makes us realize how a pandemic like coronavirus has changed our lives forever. In order to minimize the cases, people are advised to follow strict SOPs, which involve staying at home most of the time and isolating themselves. Schools have been closed, dining in is no longer allowed in restaurants, retail shopping has been minimized, and theatres have been closed for indefinite periods of time too. Some tend to believe that these are just temporary precautions, while some believe that this will be the new normal, including wearing masks, avoiding human contact, and practicing social distancing.
All of this makes us wonder, how will businesses operate now? The businesses affected most are in the retail, food, entertainment, travel, and the education industries. Coronavirus is a shock to our world, and our economies were not ready for it. It is safe to say that the lives we had before the virus were completely different. Even when the curve will flatten, we will not just bounce back to our old lives; instead some changes brought by the pandemic are here to stay and will be the new normal.
Let us now see how coronavirus has changed businesses permanently:
Working from Home
To avoid human contact and to help stop the spread of the virus, organizations all around the world have started operating from home. Working from home has become the new normal, and it is here to stay. Before working remotely was a choice but now it has become a necessity.
It might have its own set of disadvantages, but employees and the employers need to learn such new competencies to cater to this lifestyle. Organizations now have to invest more and more on online platforms for making communication and collaboration easy and feasible.
Organizations have now realized, thanks to the pandemic, that employees can be equally productive at home, which is a much cost-effective method of running a business. Working from home enables social distancing and is one thing which will be practiced for a long time into the future.
Social distancing is the key. Now every business which required human contact or required people to gather together all at once will be changed for good. Similar is the case with store shopping. It is safe to say that store shopping is now being replaced with online shopping, as it promotes social distancing. Ecommerce has been popular for a while now, but the increase in online shopping on sites like Amazon makes it harder for smaller retail stores to survive. That’s why Facebook is introducing Facebook Shop, an app through the Commerce Manager tool.
Less Dining In
All those working and operating in the food industry know that things have changed. Any food business which does not have good delivery services will be doomed, as dining in will be reduced, and delivery services will hit new heights. So apps like Uber Eats will flourish, while local businesses that don’t offer delivery or take-out services will likely die.
Schools and Universities
Similarly, the education industry has been seeing some changes too. Physical classes are now being shifted to virtual classes where students use platforms like Skype or Zoom to take online classes.
Change is never easy but let us face it, our lives will not just bounce back to how they were. COVID-19 has brought some rapid changes in our lifestyles, and these changes are here to stay.