The Coronavirus that had started in the last lap of 2019 in Wuhan, China wasn’t taken seriously until the year 2020 when it became worse. While the world was pointing accusing fingers at China over what they felt was a “Chinese Virus that was there to disrupt the world”, some others had the opinion that it is a virus that is limited to China alone.
It wasn’t until the Coronavirus extended from China to a few countries and like a wildfire, circulated to many other countries, that all hands were on deck to fight the ravaging virus.
Today, many companies are facing the threats of going out of business or remodeling their working structure to accommodate a new kind of working approach – virtual or home-based jobs.
Indeed, this is not the best time for thousands of companies all over the world. From the palpable tension and fear created by the virus to crashing market prices, and the need to restructure the operations, it could be a redefining moment for these companies.
What Are the Storms Created by the Coronavirus?
The Coronavirus has created many unprecedented challenges that will have many companies struggling to be at their best in the midst of the crisis. More so, patience will be tested, loyalty will be weighed on a scale, and massive sacks will be in the loom.
In all of all these, there are still some opportunities for the companies that are more prone to the after-effects to make the needed changes, and on time too.
It is important to point out that the Coronavirus has drastic global economic consequences, and no company is immune to it.
Amidst every other thing, company CEOs and Executives will be in the eye of the storm as their company leadership will be tested in unimaginable ways. If you are not sure how you can handle this, here are some leadership skills you need at these trying times.
How Can I Weather the Storm of the Coronavirus?
As a company executive or CEO, you need to figure out how you can keep your company in business at this time of the Coronavirus. You also need to find out some of the things you need to have in place in order to emerge bigger and better at the end of this scourge.
It is pertinent to point out here that if you must remain at the top of your leadership game, you need to exert important leadership skills that will help you manage unforeseen changes in the line of your business.
Now, we have made a list of (and discuss) four (4) important things you need to do to be able to navigate this crisis and emerge stronger than your company has ever been.
1. Create Room for Expressing Emotional Concerns
It is saddening that some company Executives will be trying to figure things out when they ought to be looking for ways to get in touch with their employees. Personal interaction is very important at this time of the Coronavirus where nerves are at breaking ends and tempers are rising.
You don’t have to assume that you know what your employees (and clients) are afraid of. Although they may be afraid of boredom due to virtual works, getting sick out of stress or anguish, and feeling threatened over the security of their jobs.
Therefore, you need to interact with your employees and clients to find out their concerns and try your best to help them get over their fears and concerns.
2. Find New Ways to Stay Connected
Well, you already know that remote work is the way out for now. You may not have any need to be working from your office when you can be doing the same from your home.
In order to weather the storm of the Coronavirus, you have to look for new ways to stay connected. Staying connected in this instance implies that you need to be able to look for other ways to stay connected, such as encouraging virtual jobs.
3. Adopt a Crisis Management Approach
Now that the Coronavirus is here and putting fear in the heart of many people, you also need to take note that the crisis will be on the increase. Anxiety will pile up, and emotional instability will be there to keep people concerned.
As a rule of thumb, you want to explore how to set smaller tasks and realistic goals to help everyone to cope with the pandemic.
4. Anticipate and Work Towards a New Future
Of course, the Coronavirus wouldn’t always be here. There will be an opportunity for businesses and companies that survived it to come out bigger and stronger, and your company is one of such.
With every downturn come many opportunities for new things to come into place. So, the Coronavirus isn’t the pandemic that will crash your company.
In preparation for the new future; a future of newer and more buoyant business environments, you need to get creative. You have to start looking for things to do that will bring in creativity and make you stand firmer and tower over their peers.
To motivate you further, you have to realize that even in the midst of crumbling stock prices and the many economic downturns that are imminent, futuristic-thinking companies will be able to rise.
On the other hand, you must realize that you will be walking into many crises. Therefore, you will deploy your best strategies to use so that at the end of this pandemic, your company will emerge stronger in the new business world that is to come.
Your Company Will Weather the Storm of the Coronavirus
There is no denying that this time of the Coronavirus is not the best time to do business. Amidst the crashing of stocks and market prices, and the palpable fear of downsizing the workforce, it is not a good time to run a company.
But, as a company Executive or CEO that anticipates risks and challenges, you can be able to weather the storm of the Coronavirus if you can deploy some of the strategies above.
How have you been battling the Coronavirus in your company and what has been the outcome all these while? Let us know in the comment section!