Running a Business during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Responsibilities

Life is full of uncertainties and unexpected events, we do not know, what might happen at what time and how it could impact our lives and for how long! The Novel COVID-19 outbreak is one such unexpected event that severely hit all the areas of the human life. Besides, proving out to be a fatal disease, it brought the world to a complete shutdown. All the industries, manufacturing units, SMEs, Educational Institutions and businesses have been shut down and people have been ordered to stay at their homes. This is all done to control the further spread of this disease. The severity of the Coronavirus outbreak can further be realized by looking at the figures. So, far, more than 1853K+ cases have been reported worldwide and around 114K people have lost their lives. Other than this, it has also severely impacted the world economy and resulted in situations that are worse than the economic recession of 2008.

So, it becomes very important for corporates and other businesses to find a solution for running their business by maintaining social distancing. In this context, we will discuss how a business can be run by maintaining social distancing, with further discussion of the challenges and the responsibilities of the employees and the employers for the smooth running of the business.

COVID-19 Crisis: What it is and its Impact on people

COVID-19, which is an acronym for Coronavirus disease was discovered in 2019 in the Wuhan city of China. It is a respiratory illness that spreads when a person comes in close contact with the infected (distance less than 6 feet) via the respiratory droplets when the person coughs or sneezes. Its symptoms are fever, dry cough and shortness of breathing. Further, in severe cases, it may result in death. This deadly disease has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and in order to control its widespread, the majority of the countries in the world have gone on a complete lockdown. It has thereby, slowed down the world economy and affected billions of people, especially the daily-wage workers.

Keeping the Business running: Importance and Significance

In this stressful situation, it is absolutely necessary for the corporates to find an alternative way of running their business operations smoothly. Across all the available alternatives, the idea of remote working proves out to be a great option. By “working remotely”, the corporates can not only abide with the purpose of social distancing but also run their business smoothly and efficiently. This initiative is important for the economic stability of the country, which if not considered, may result in very stressful situations that can be worse than the recession of 2008. Thereby, its the responsibility of both the employees and employers to coordinate well with one another remotely and maintain an office-like environment in this tough time. Below are some of the Do’s and Don’t that must be kept in mind while working from a remote location.

Do’s and Don’ts

Strict Working Routine

Follow a strict working schedule and perform all the duties and responsibilities as per the requirements.

Understand the situation

Understand that everybody is going through a tough time and thereby make a little more effort to complete more tasks than usual.

Coordinate with team members

Stay in touch with the team members throughout the day and be actively involved when required.

Comply with the Office standards

Work from home simply means a change in place of work and not the work requirements. Thereby, work as per the office standards and guidelines.

Efficient Work

Work efficiently and give your best in the tasks assigned to you.

Say no to distractions

Keep the workplace free from distractions and interruptions.

Stay Safe

Avoid stepping out of home when not necessary. Stay home, keep the work-life balance and follow the guidelines.

Summing it up

All in all, the COVID-19 outbreak has severe consequences and amidst this, it is important for every individual and organization regardless of their geographical location to understand their responsibilities and go for the “work from home” option. Further, let’s hope, sooner we get some good news about the complete eradication of COVID-19 from the world.