How Indiana Businesses Are Prepping to Reopen Following COVID-19

Many businesses shut down operations in the United States and the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but some are preparing to reopen as infections reduce. However, this will be a gradual process, which means that businesses will not reopen simultaneously but will follow some protocols.

One sure thing is that the business environment will never be the same and business owners have to have a strategy that will guarantee success and customer satisfaction. As you wait for the reopening, start preparing now to have an easier come back that will make operations smoother and more fulfilling. How do you do this?

Think About the Business and The Changes That Might Affect It

As you reopen, probably there are some government requirements you’re supposed to fulfill, such as social distancing protocols and other security measures. Critically look at your business operations and determine how to achieve these requirements and make changes where necessary. 

For instance, if you operate a physical store, you can encourage customers to make online requests and payments, which means you’ll have fewer people to attend to at the physical location.

To achieve this, have an effective online platform or virtual ways of communicating and fulfilling customer demands. You might want to talk to an IT company in Muncie to start creating the necessary infrastructure to accommodate these changes.

Create A More Flexible Work Environment

If most of your employees work from home during the pandemic, you might consider going on with the practice with optional days when they can come into the physical office. This is important because there will still be social distancing rules to maintain even if businesses reopen, and the fewer people in your office, the better. 

The arrangement will also be favorable because you don’t have to create more space to keep the social distance measures. Understandably, it will be a hectic and stressful time trying to train employees to conduct business, stay safe, and maintain client safety. With the flexibility, you can retain the same employees and create work shifts that reduce overcrowding in the workplace.

Critically Think About Hygiene Measures

As businesses reopen, social distancing will be the most crucial regulation and your most significant concern. How will you reduce overcrowding or make sure there’s enough distance between people even when they share an office? 

Key points are maintaining high cleanliness standards and installing sanitizer dispensers at strategic points. Consider installing them in areas where the traffic is high, like near the doorways, elevators, shared equipment, and printers.

You might also want to hire a dedicated cleaning team to frequently clean and sanitize critical areas like the bathrooms, handrails, doorknobs, and elevator buttons.

Before you reopen the business, create a manuscript on the measures you’d want to go through with your employees to maintain a clean environment and reduce the risk of Covid 19 infections, both for your workforce and clients visiting the office. 

The more time you spend preparing for the comeback, the easier it will be. Also, familiarize yourself with the set guidelines for your business type. 

Chris Turn

Chris Turn is the pseudonym of a journalist and writer who has published short stories, essays, and criticism in the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the New York Times. Her most recent book, a novel, is The Summoning (The HarperCollins Canada, 2014). She lives with her husband in Toronto.

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