Small business owners are the ones that are taking the most hit from coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown order means most of the shops will be close and the street will not be full of people as before. However, that does not mean it is not possible for your business to continue to thrive as before. The following are 3 ways a small business can survive the COVID-19.
1. Contingency and Business Continuity Plan
Developing a contingency and business continuity plan is important for sustaining the business until the end of the virus outbreak. Starting with disinfection and deep cleaning of your workplace, a strategic contingency and business continuity plan will reduce the risk of the employees and the workplace to the COVID-19 virus. With the plan in place, you can continue to operate your business if one of your employees is found to have the virus. If your business don’t have enough capital, you may want to send your employees home with no paid leave. You can also reduce the employee’s salary or freeze employment to reduce the cost. The plan should only be carried out after you have discussed with your employees. You should also inform your clients, suppliers, and other people you outsource to about the implementation of the contingency and business continuity plan.
2. Sending Your Employees to Stay at Home
If you have employees who are sick with flu and fever, you should tell them to go home until they recuperate completely. You may also want to perform risk assessment on other employees who have contacted with the sick employee. Employees also have the responsibility to inform their employers about a family member in their household that has been tested positive for COVID-19. The employee can refer to the CDC guideline in performing risk assessment on the sick family member.
Employers can divide their employees into two groups – one group will work in office and the other group will work from home. In the event your office has to shut down, the latter group can continue to work from home to allow the business operation to resume. Employers can use work tracking software to monitor the employees and ensure they are doing their work. Employers can also ask their employees to submit work reports every week. Employees who just recently return from traveling should wait for 14 days to look out for symptoms like sorethroats, sneezing, and fever.
3. Practice Good Personal Hygience
Finally, employers should encourage their employees to practice good personal hygience and taking the initiatives to keep the workplace clean. Employers should give at least one orientation to remind the employees about practicing good habits in the workplace. Employers can provide covered waste bins to prevent direct exposure of soiled tissues which are full of germs. Employers can also put up handwashing posture that shows step by step procedure on how to wash hands in the correct techniques to put emphasis on regular handwashing.