No doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic hit everyone. Not only did it bring a health crisis but also an economic one. Countries closed their borders and enforced strict travel restrictions and quarantine protocols to contain and slow down the spread of the virus. This limited people's ability to travel and continue their everyday routines. As such, businesses that thrived in face-to-face interactions suffered.
It was also a rough time for businesses that were understaffed or undercapitalized. With business organizations across industries feeling the adverse effects of the pandemic, many had to shift to an online setting while those who were unable to keep up with the challenge were forced to close shop. Thus, an economic downturn was felt in many parts of the world.
The Situation at the Height of the Pandemic
When the pandemic struck, many got sick due to the disease’s high infection rate. It did not help that hospitals could only accommodate a limited number of patients and that vaccines were not yet available at the time. As such, many workers fell ill and were unable to work.
Despite the numerous forms of government assistance to businesses and individuals alike, many still felt the financial strains. As businesses cannot keep up with the sudden shift to digital operations, employees were laid-off to save on overhead costs. This led to increased unemployment rates, as others chose to resign and try to find a new and more stable job.
However, the online business setting was not for everyone. Some establishments did not have the right infrastructure to go digital, while others had business models that needed face-to-face interactions, such as those in the travel industry. Similarly, many restaurants and other retail businesses had no choice but to temporarily, or even permanently, stop their operations.
On top of this, people's mental health also took a hit. Apart from their employment worries, the fear of the pandemic also weighed on their minds. Add this up with the blurring lines between the work-life balance in a work-from-home set-up, causing the health crisis to trigger mental health concerns, as well.
The Recovery in a Post-Pandemic World
However, the situation is starting to let up, with the vaccination roll-outs allowing for herd immunity to kick in. With that, businesses are slowly starting to go back to an onsite setting. Equipped with their newfound strategies from the pandemic, many have started to create a recovery business plan geared toward the new normal.
If you're looking to create a plan for post-pandemic business recovery, check out how thriving businesses are doing it in the infographic below.