Today is Memorial Day and we would like to take this time to thank all of our military families for all they do as well as remember those who have gone before us and made the ultimate sacrifice.
We are interrupting our Foundation Series to bring you some much-needed information to deal with our current situation of getting back to business following the Covid19 Pandemic closures. We hope to address the many issues that business owners find themselves managing under unprecedented circumstances.
These past few months have felt like a battle. The overwhelming uncertainties, fear, loss, a dread of the future, and a longing to get back to normal. It seems like we have been in a type of invisible warfare against the COVID19 Pandemic.
We want to help you and your business come out of this with a successful future. Today we will touch on business planning and a re-entry strategy.
Focus Areas for Re-Entry
While businesses are anxious to get employees back into the workplace, determining who will return, when they will return and how is a complex process. With local government mandates and building policies to be considered, as well as employees’ and client’s confidence in safety, the task of planning to reopen can be mind-boggling.
Where do you start?
This is one of the many topics that our board is addressing this month as well as June to help business owners during this important recovery season. We hope to provide feedback and creative solutions to business owners who are struggling with current regulations and the confusion that often accompanies them with our Rise Above Program.
Here at TAB Central Alabama, we are doing our best to help our business leaders and those that depend on them make it through this ordeal intact and with a plan for recovery by hosting a COMPLIMENTARY/NO-OBLIGATION CEO/Owner Virtual Round-tables.
These Zoom Virtual meetings will be facilitated discussions among participants with business leaders available to share what they are doing, answer questions, and offer advice.
NO ONE HAS ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT COLLECTIVELY WE DEVELOP SOLUTIONS.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”― Yogi Berra, former New York Yankees catcher
If you are struggling with your business and are lacking support, we can change that for you. We have a camaraderie of like-minded individuals that will help you bear the burden and give you a sounding board to make the decisions your business needs to not only survive but thrive.
We are here for you!
Once you’ve been approved through the Registration Form below, you will automatically be registered. You will then receive the login information for the next TAB Virtual Board.
Take a minute and apply for our complimentary membership, (May – June 2020) here and get the support and information you need for your business.
Top 3 Focus Areas
Everyone’s been glued to social media or their local networks for weeks trying to keep up with all the closures and requirements. But for your business’s successful re-entry plan, you have to especially be on top of all the regulations.
- Get confirmation from your local government on reopening your office, shop, or warehouse and a detailed list of the appropriate guidelines. Checking to see if you need a new and updated certificate of occupancy should be on your to-do list.
- The headcount of employees and customers should be taken into account then a sound decision made. This needs to be addressed on an as-needed basis.
- Checking with your landlord if your building is rented is another important step. Confirm new procedures or rules for entering the building as well as any policies about additional cleaning and safety.
Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Alignment
Your business plan, in general, may need tweaking or a deep overhaul. But start with the basics of how you get back to business then sustain a viable income.
- Does your BCP include a verified list of essential roles and individuals included in re-entry?
- Does your contingency plans include critical response mechanisms in the event that the reopening should fail or the virus reoccurs and forces additional closures?
- Have you identified and confirmed supply chains for personal protection equipment and do you have advanced ordering requirements for long lead-time items?
- Do you have protocols in place for ensuring employees with high-risk conditions (e.g. lung disease, asthma, heart conditions, immunocompromised, obesity, diabetes, liver disease) do not return to the office or can work from home?
- Do you have a policy/process to report and track infections and compliance with HIPAA rules and to report grievances?
Creating a safe environment for both workers and clients/customers should take some research and precautionary actions.
- Establish social distancing guidelines, calculate and confirm protocols, and occupancy levels with your building landlord.
- Create phased and “quick close” procedures to shut down offices in the event the reopening fails or virus reoccurrence forces new closures.
- Establish occupancy and employee tracking for building location, space utilization, and potential infection zones.
- Evaluate technology and equipment to support social distancing and disinfection.
- What type of security badging protocols do you have for essential employees returning to the building?
- Create building shutdown policies in the event the facility needs to be closed again.
We hope this post has given you a few ideas on planning for the weeks and months ahead.
Discussing this with other small business owners could be key in developing your own plan. Join us for one of our round table discussions at TAB Central Alabama where we can help you put together a comprehensive communications strategy that fits your specific situation.
Don’t forget, our round table discussions are complimentary only for the months of May and June. Sign up today
And please, message me today with your questions or concerns. You are not alone. My team and I are here to assist you and get you and your business back on your feet.
It’s vital that we help our small business owners. Remember the old adage, “Two heads are better than one?”
Trying to stick this out alone could devastate a business’s future, disrupt a business owner’s retirement plans, and drain a family’s savings.
We can all be better together.
It’s imperative that you as a business owner get the help you need today. Don’t put it off thinking things will get better. Be proactive. Join one of our virtual boards and get the feedback, information, and tools you need to not just keep your business afloat but actually surpass your original plans for the future.
You’re in the best of hands with our camaraderie of like-minded business owners that want to help you succeed in all your endeavors. Give us a call at (205) 332-5524.
We are here for you during this time and you won’t be alone in your struggles.
Join us next week where we discuss the 3 LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO RISE ABOVE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES. Message or call us today if you need help getting your business back on its feet.