Pandemic Business Trends That Should Be Here to Stay

  • Work from home options for increased productivity, health safety, and to cut costs on office space.
  • Safer delivery practices to protect employees and customers.
  • Increase in E-Commerce options.
  • Promotion of the Gig Economy for a more diverse workforce.

Thankfully, it seems that the Covid-19 pandemic (and all of its unpleasant results) is finally beginning to calm down. While restrictions remain in place for many parts of the country, we are seeing the beginning of the end. For businesses of all kinds, this little crisis has certainly forced some new adaptations. We think that a few of those adaptations are worth keeping.

Remote work also allows employers to save a lot of money on transportation and overhead costs.

Expanded Work-From-Home

Naturally, when people are stuck in quarantine, they need a way to work from home. Thankfully, the internet makes it possible (if a little inconvenient) to do that. Despite the inconveniences that come from remote work, there are several key advantages. There are plenty of statistics that show these advantages.

First of all, a lot of people find that their employees are more productive when given a little bit of flexibility. Secondly, it seems to result in an environment with fewer interpersonal conflicts. On a more practical level, remote work also allows employers to save a lot of money on transportation and overhead costs. You don’t really need an expensive office building when your employees can just have virtual meetings instead. Just be sure you are selecting the best software for your internal business communications, check their reliability, the stability of service, and ease of use.

Safer Delivery Practices

In spite of the Covid-19 problem, many food delivery services are still running strong. Of course, they are doing things a little bit differently. This is necessary in order to address the concerns of their customers and protect their safety. For instance, they now seal the food order and take other measures to prevent any contact between the food and the delivery driver.

For purposes of basic sanitation, we think at least some of these measures should remain in place. After all, there are plenty of other diseases in the world, and just about anyone could be a potential carrier. Whenever someone else is handling your food, it is definitely important to know that your meal was prepared and delivered in a sanitary way.

Restaurants can sometimes be infested with germs and microbes, as various experiments have shown. Even well-maintained restaurants can harbor a lot of germs because of all the in-and-out traffic. Unless they give everyone medical screenings at the door (very unlikely to happen), a certain amount of germs in a restaurant are unavoidable.

Migration To E-Commerce

The economy has been moving further and further online for a long time. Some would say that the process began the moment the internet was invented. This isn’t too far from the truth, as the web has been used as a business tool almost since its inception. However, it seems that the Coronavirus (and its resulting restrictions) has accelerated the trend.

When most of the stores are closed, you don’t have much choice but to buy things online. Some others have found that they would rather wait for an item to be delivered than to deal with the restrictions that have been put on most public gathering places (most stores included). Either way, we don’t see this as a bad thing. The economy was moving in this direction anyway, and there are some benefits. E-commerce offers convenience for customers and a lot of cost reduction for businesses.

E-commerce offers convenience for customers and a lot of cost reduction for businesses.

Although it is not without problems, online business has the advantage of not taking up physical space (or being limited by its constraints). This can be a good thing for places in which real estate has become expensive. Those who want to start a business no longer need to jump the expensive hurdle of buying or renting physical premises. Needless to say, there are some definite tax advantages as well!

The Gig Economy

Unfortunately, not everyone has been able to work from home during the pandemic. For such people, it is necessary to look for “gigs”, i.e., temporary side jobs. Although this part of the economy has never been all that lucrative, the pandemic created a demand for more gig-type jobs. Rising to meet that demand, many companies are now offering a lot more of these “one-and-done” jobs. Because there are always people in need of quick work with few strings attached, we think this trend should be expanded.

Conclusion

A worldwide pandemic can never be called a good thing, of course. However, many dark clouds turn out to have silver linings, and this is such a case. The restrictions and anxieties surrounding this situation have forced people and companies to innovate, so let’s not be foolish and throw those innovations in the trash.

Sheryl Wright

Sheryl Wright is a freelance writer who specializes in digital marketing, inclusive business, and interior design. If she is not at home reading, she is at a farmers market or climbing in the Rockies. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, with her cat, Saturn.

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