A common phrase is that the worst times bring out the best in people and as this is happening during this pandemic, it is true of companies and organisations all over the world. Companies and organisations are all being challenged by the invisible killer, COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 crisis, companies have found new ways to provide and serve their customers and communities all over. It’s been tough to stay at home and socially distance yourself from relatives, but we are getting through this unprecedented period.
Throughout this extremely rare occasion, almost every leader has risen and has an inspiring story of their own on radical and positive change. Some examples are:
- A fast-food operation had to shut down, avoiding layoffs with a health and wellness retailer they had partnered with. This then helps the retailer have a huge spike in demand for the essential business.
- A large retail company opened a curbside-delivery business that they had prepared pre-pandemic. It took 18 months to plan, but once lockdown had initiated, it began operating two days later.
- A company based on financial services helped turn over 1,000 of its global services by planning out for staff to work-from-home and handing them new technology within 3 days.
- A retail conglomerate in the Middle East retrained 1,000 people in two days, redeploying them from a suddenly stagnant business (movie theatres) to a booming, critical one (grocery retailing).
- A Middle Eastern retail business had re-trained 1,000 people in 2 days and re-deployed them as their movie theatre business stagnated to a grocery business which later boomed.
As you may expect, some of the outcomes could be classed as “organisational adrenaline”. We are sure that many people are working much harder than they ever have with the risk of burnout and fatigue, but it’s important we also see signs of positive things that are happening in the world.
Whilst the public health may be going through a stage of fear, companies have been empowered to make good purpose statements, eliminate any bureaucracy, further empower previous untested leaders and have undergone a complete re-evaluation in decision making. Many companies have now adapted to having virtual team meetings during their morning coffee before splitting up and working at home.
Previous dissatisfaction has been built out of recognition for the subtext of comments. Companies have been too bureaucratic, inflexible, slow and complicated which has typically put them off the rails and focus more on the profit than their own customers bringing that money.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a massive economic shock that has changed everythings and everyone’s lives. Slowness is the biggest risk factor currently, so companies are attempting to address the threats of the situation and are taking on strange challenges that haven’t been faced for centuries.
New experiments are in new ways of working with the hope that it’ll work,with an often asked question being do you think this mindset will stick? During this time, we are unsure and cannot make a prediction, but we should ask ourselves; did it take a pandemic for companies and corporate entities to focus on the changes that we really needed?
As we move out of lockdown, here at Vectorcide we’re focused on picking up the pieces and resuming our project work across all our geographical areas of operation. But like everyone else, we can’t pretend this spring/summer never happened, and we’re going to be living with the effects for a long time to come.
We’re committed to focusing on change for long-term benefit, and if you think any of our products could be beneficial to a project you’re about to pick the reins back up of, get in touch with us.