The last few years have been a big eye-opener for businesses. When the pandemic hit, many people were left in a bad place with their businesses. Many businesses closed temporarily when COVID hit, and some businesses even had to close down permanently. Since the beginning of the pandemic, business owners have been looking to get back on their feet and find a new sense of normal.
Things were looking better for many businesses, then at the end of 2021, a new strain called Omicron hit. Omicron is causing another surge in infections and hospitalizations. This variant is causing disruption and woes to many businesses. If you have a business, you may want to know how to prepare your business for Omicron to prevent profit loss.
Encourage Healthy Behavior
Encouraging healthy behavior is one of the best ways to keep you and your employees as safe as possible. Without healthy employees, you can not properly run your business. You must have people available and free of infection to work, and without them, you may be forced to close your doors. Here are some ways to encourage healthy behavior.
While vaccinations are not mandatory in the United States, they are strongly encouraged. Encouraging your employees to get vaccinated will help them from becoming sick. It is something a bit controversial, but statistics show that receiving the vaccine will lower your risk of infection. If you do fall ill, your likelihood of hospitalization declines as well. Teaching your employees the importance of vaccination will help get everyone on board.
Hand washing is very important if you are trying to stay healthy. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water can reduce your chances of becoming infected with many illnesses, not only Omicron. Supplying your employees with handwashing stations to encourage cleanliness will not only keep them healthier and more productive, but it is good for your customers as well.
You can also provide hand sanitizer to your employees and customers. Have it set up at entrances and exits to remind people that they may need to wash their hands. While some will opt to use the sanitizer, some may be reminded and go directly to a hand washing station and use soap and water.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have been encouraged to stay at least three to six feet apart from each other. Social distancing helps to minimize your chances of catching Omicron or any other strain of the virus. Use floor charts to show your employees where to stand so that they remain at a safe distance away from others. Remind employees with daily or weekly reminders of the importance of social distancing.
Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth is also another way to help limit your exposure to the Omicron variant. With proper mask usage, you limit your exposure and likelihood of catching the illness. Providing your employees with masks can help remind them of the importance of mask-wearing. This can make customers feel safe as well. You want to keep both your employees and your customers safe. Without one it’s hard to have the other.
Work On Your Fundamentals
Having strong fundamentals is crucial for keeping your business alive and profitable. You want to prepare your business for the hard times, but be able to stay on top of things when those hard times arise. Having strong fundamentals will encourage growth and help prevent profit loss as well.
Staying organized is very important for a business. Knowing what to reorder, how much of the item to order, and when to place the order are all things that will keep your business revenue flowing. If you order too much of an item, it may not get sold, this then becomes a loss. You want to have a way to stay organized so that orders and timelines can be met.
Customer service is one of the things that people remember most about a business. When you visit a restaurant, and the food is subpar, you may still be likely to return. But the only way you will want to return is if you were treated extremely well. You can always try another menu item and may have better luck next time. But if the customer service was bad, you won’t want to revisit at all.
Marketing is what helps you bring customers through your door. With proper marketing techniques, you can have people lined up and waiting to try your business. When people know the safety measures in place to keep them safe they appreciate the kind gesture. Market your business in a way that shows how serious you are about workplace safety. The safer people feel, the more likely they will be to go out.
Pricing can be tricky. If you price your items too low, you are likely to lose money. But, if you price things too high, you can also lose money. You want to find the sweet spot with your way of pricing. Look at your target audience and learn their budget. If you are a high-end business, you know that you can charge at a premium. But if you are a local shop that has a lot of younger and not as well-off customers, you will want to reflect your prices on your target customer.
How We Can Help
When you follow these rules, it will prepare your business and help prevent profit loss. But, if you feel that you still need help with increasing revenue and understanding your business, we are here to help. Reach out to us today. We are MBB Management, a company built to make your business better! We offer franchise consulting, project management, and daily operations assistance. We will work with you to help grow your business and increase your revenue. Our team is eagerly waiting to assist you today.