Second Wave of COVID-19 in India: How Can Businesses Permanently Beat Coronavirus?
The second wave of COVID-19 in India has finally arrived!
Presently, COVID-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate and forcing businesses to go back to the pre-September module.
Many companies have already switched back to the work from home system, and others have reduced office staff by 10% per department. The government might haven’t imposed many restrictions this time, but the second blow of corona is hitting the economy pretty badly.
Despite the vaccine drive going very well, COVID-19 is nowhere under control. Importantly, we still have to see the vaccine results, which might take some time.
Currently, companies in India and worldwide are working in an uncertain environment. They can’t decide whether to WFH permanently or rotate their office staff - and uncertainty is never good!
Therefore, the TrackOlap team discussed this issue with many companies and analyzed several large corporation's efforts. And, finally, we have a permanent solution for businesses to beat Coronavirus!
*Want to know? Then, keep on reading.*
**How Are Big Companies Working Under Second Wave of Coronavirus?**
Several large corporates such as Samsung, LG, Tata Motors, Vivo, Axis Bank, and others have issued guidelines to survive the second wave. However, most factories are still running, albeit with additional safety precautions.
Different steps are opted by different companies to keep working under the second wave of Coronavirus, such as:
* Aditya Birla Group had cut down office staff by 35-40%.
* ITC Ltd had advised their employees to continue work from home. They have also minimized office presence, reduced visitors, restricted public transport use, along other social distancing norms.
* Samsung had 50% of its employees working from offices, which has cut that to 30%.
Every company is doing something in its capacity to survive the second COVID-19 hit. But, the question is how long they can keep on working under uncertainties?
We mean, it’s already over a year, and things haven’t gone back to normal. Companies are still working in a confusing environment, which is further confusing employees and customers.
Right now is the right time to think of a permanent solution. Something like Tanishq has does. The country’s leading jewelry brand has overhauled its sales channels through technological initiatives. They are now allowing consumers to try jewelry virtually and delivering items on their doorsteps.
You have to use the right technology and revamp your business operations to beat the second, third or fourth wave. But, how to?
Don’t worry; we won’t hang you in the middle. Let’s see how to use technology to beat Coronavirus.
**Tips to Survive Second COVID-19 Wave or Beat COVID-19 Permanently**
From March 2020 to March 2021, we have completed a full circle. Businesses have somehow adjusted to work from home after a sudden lockdown in 2020. Later, they went back to office routine in September, and now they are once again back to square one.
All this shifting hasn’t been easy, especially for small businesses. Therefore, it’s high time you need to think of a permanent solution instead of tips to survive in the second COVID-19 wave.
The permanent solution isn’t very complicated. It is simple — use the right technologies. Based on your business model, your technological needs are going to be different. That’s something you have to figure out, or you can consult our professionals.
However, for B2B and B2C organizations, the following tech solutions are advocated by our team:
Earlier, when work from home started, the majority of companies were struggling to track and monitor their employees' growth. Many companies complain that their employees' productivity has drastically dropped while working remotely. However, many organizations started using time tracking tools to monitor their remote workers.
But, they made one mistake, they start using outdated time tracking solutions. These software are designed to target generic needs, so they can’t provide real solutions to you. Thus, when you are looking for a permanent solution, you should invest in a custom tracking solution that can easily scale up with your business.
For example, our time tracking solution is like a big buffet where you can get what you want. If you want to automate attendance or wish to get insightful reports, you can customize tracking software anyway to meet your business needs.
Additionally, you can add on lead management, payroll management , case management, and many other features to work remotely. On the top, you can add or remove employees from software anytime. So, to gain full remote-tracking freedom, book a demo with our sales rep today!
**Powerful Remote Work Policy**
Your employees are confused! One day, they are working from their office cubicles and another from their bedroom. They are struggling to stay productive and desperately want some clarity.
Thus, you need to create a comprehensive remote work policy so your employees can focus on their work. Remote company policy should be drafted thoroughly and must touch following pointers:
**Set Clear Expectations**: From setting up project deadlines to establishing an employee’s accountability, companies need to set clear expectations. Companies should create a specific remote schedule for employees so they know what and when to do it?
Transparency: Remote work environment has created a smokescreen between employees and employers. Employees feel that management isn’t clear with their roles. Thus, you need to build a transparent work culture using a centralized employee efficiency dashboard. When employees and employers have real-time insight in their hands, they can better collaborate remotely.
**Communication Structure**: Remote work policy should clearly state —-whom and when employees should communicate with. Companies need to create a structured communication flow, so latency and delay won’t impact your workflow.
**Quick Access to Information**: When employees are some days working from home and somedays from the office, which makes it very hard to access information. Therefore, companies need to backup all business data on the cloud so it can be easily accessed from anywhere.
**Performance Metrics**: How will you monitor employees' performance remotely? Whether you track their working or productivity report, you need to be open about it.
For a robust remote work policy, you should also consider your company’s internal and external policies.
**Just Prioritise Health & Technology**
Right now, you have to give priority to your employees’ and customers' health. You need to think of long-term healthcare solutions. For instance, provide healthcare perks to your teams like free commute, extra sick leaves, and more.
Along with health facilities, invest in the right technologies. Whenever you have to switch between WFH and office work, technology will support you.
No matter whether you have to deal with the second wave or other upcoming challenges, technology is your permanent anchor. You just have to make the correct technology partner.
At TrackOlap , we have already served a platter of COVID-19 beating solutions — from employee efficiency to time tracking; we have it all. If you have any further questions, knock at our doors any time and book a free demo.
Let’s stay safe & grow together!