Today’s Thoughts: Checklists for Reopening Business After COVID-19

There are so many ways in which 2020 is not turning out the way most Americans expected. In terms of real estate, we were hurtling toward a busy spring season.

While uncertainty looms across American businesses, the best thing we can do as an economy is to be well-prepared to reopen. As businesses begin to open up, employers will need to come up with detailed plans to keep workers and customers safe.

One of the most important parts of your business’ reopening strategy will be consumer confidence. Several factors make this task difficult for business owners to navigate. Safety guidelines may differ from state to state, so companies with multiple
locations across the country need to stay up to date on the various guidelines.

As a business owner or Human Resources (HR) leader navigating your company through the coronavirus pandemic and possible recession, you’ll need to take the utmost precaution to adapt your workplace into a safe environment for both staff and customers. Start thinking now about how you’ll handle operations if many people still want to work from home and how you’ll treat all employees fairly in this case.

You’re in a critical role in managing new — and unprecedented — concerns, and you need to find ways to allow the business to function without compromising public health or confidence.
Reopening requires more than a return to normal, however, because the unpredictable and long-lasting period that follows this pandemic will feature fundamental changes to economic activity, fast-changing cultural norms, societal values and behaviors. To reopen and to outmaneuver uncertainty also requires a program of reinvention.

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