With headlines about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) dominating the news, it might seem as if it’s too late to protect your small business. That could not be further from the truth.
Here are a few tips to remember while balancing the need to stay in business and keeping the health and welfare of your employees and customers in mind. Start these initiatives now and you will stand a better chance of coming out of this pandemic with your business and reputation intact.
If you can, let employees work from home
About a quarter of those who work for U.S. companies do so from home. With the exception of a few industries, telecommuting is a temporary solution as we practice social distancing. Investing in technology that allows your workforce to perform its duties remotely is a drop in the bucket compared to the costs of sick employees. This time should also be used as a test run for allowing telecommuting on a more regular basis.
Don’t wait until after hours to clean
Everyone knows we should be cleaning more than usual now. Many grocery stores, for example, are cutting their hours to allow more time for it. Maybe more crucial is scrubbing down high-traffic areas during the day, in view of your customers. It will help keep them healthy and make them aware that you are taking the virus seriously.
Keep your workers updated
Our email boxes have been filling with messages from businesses letting us know what they are doing to combat the virus. You can rest assured that they are also keeping their employees updated. People are on edge and when they are not getting information, they will fill the void with conjecture and inaccuracies. Be honest with your workers; they will appreciate the fact that you value them.
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