We’re only three months into 2020 and its already feeling like the longest year ever. The global health pandemic, Covid-19 took us all by surprise, to say the least. All the affected countries, including South Africa, have taken drastic and decisive measures to stop the spread. These measures include social distancing, national lockdowns and strict sanitary measures to combat the spread.
On a micro-level, we’ve all had to practice social distancing and self-quarantine since the virus hit South Africa. This has had a huge impact on the way we socialize because we can no longer have brunch with our friends or go to clubs to enjoy a night out. On a market level, businesses in ‘non-essential’ sectors are having to close their doors as the country gears up for national lockdown. This will affect many people’s livelihoods and it’s going to be tough for SME’s to resume business. On a macro scale, the South African economy was in recession before the Covid-19 outbreak and the loss of jobs will most certainly harm an already strained economy.
The Coronavirus is a cultural reset. Businesses and communities have had to rethink and reevaluate the way they do things. It is clear that on the other side of the pandemic, there is going to be some change. Changes in the way we communicate, work and conduct business.
Coronavirus has changed the way people do business. Post-Covid-19 business practices will highly likely force small and medium enterprises to have multiple safety nets if they didn’t have these in place before. Businesses will need to have healthy cash reserves to be able to operate for 6 months in times of crises. Clamping down on overspending and identifying the key roles that the organization needs to keep operating will also be a major focus.
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We’ve also had to rethink the way we work and perform our job functions. The national lockdown has forced everyone (except essential services) to work from home. People are having to be creative in finding ways to stay productive and do their jobs at home. Maintaining teamwork and collaboration with our Pro Email solution.
The national lockdown will have a major effect on where people choose to do their jobs. If you prove to be more productive while working from home in the next three weeks, perhaps that is how you will opt to work in the future. There’ll be a shift to more remote working and working from home. And perhaps smaller companies might let go of the traditional ‘office’ concept and continue working remotely.
The prospect of job losses due to the pandemic is scary and this will prompt people to invest time and energy into having multiple streams of income or side hustles. That business you’ve always wanted to start but never have the time, do it now. Social distancing will give people ample time to start and register businesses. Post-Covid-19 we should see an increase in people with more than one job.
The way we socialize has drastically changed due to the pandemic. After Coronavirus people will be more present. Less trying to be at two places at the same time and more of being engaged and engaging in your immediate surroundings. Living in isolation will make people appreciate freedom, health and their loved ones.
Social distancing is an opportunity for self-development and reflection. It would be impossible to revert to life as it was when the pandemic is over. Personally, politically, economically, and socially, the earth has been reset and the after-effects will remain for a long time.