Are you wondering how the Coronavirus is going to impact businesses as we move through the rest of the year? This article explains all the possible issues.
As the world emerges from a global lockdown, businesses are facing difficult questions about the future potential they have on the market. Plans for 2020 have changed quickly in the business world and entire industries have been put in serious danger. Here are some of the impacts that companies have felt due to the emergence of COVID-19.
Businesses are reacting differently to the coronavirus. Some have announced delays in the launch of new products and services. This is true in the movie industry where multiple titles have been pushed back and continue to lose their release dates as you read this. Producers are nervous about polls which suggest a significant number of audience members do not feel safe enough to go back to the cinema just yet. Unfortunately, this has all but killed the blockbuster summer season and put cinema chains in serious jeopardy.
Other companies are being a little more stubborn. Both Microsoft and Sony have announced that their new next-gen consoles including the successor to the PS4 will still launch as planned later this year and are on track. So, you don’t need to hold off on selling your older games consoles to free up some cash.
More businesses are playing the situation week by week and refusing to commit to any long term plans right now.
Without the announcement of an imminent vaccination that works and will be available to the masses, social distancing is going to be a part of the foreseeable future. This means that the queues for shops are here to stay and so are the masks. Companies need to be prepared to adapt to this change and that does mean limiting the numbers that make up the workforce. This was a challenge for fast-food restaurants that typically have a lot of staff working together in confined spaces. It was the reason why McDonald’s and their competitors could only operate with a limited menu.
A lot of staff are furloughed right now. However, it’s expected that as many as 80% could lose their job before the year is out. This will be necessary if businesses want to survive in the wake of reduced demand and more health concerns.
It’s absolutely essential that businesses are aware of their legal requirements in terms of how they deal with the threat of COVID-19. Indeed, companies need to make sure that they are able to keep their staff and their customers safe. This will typically include the use and the availability of PPE as well as quick adjustments to the business work environment.
We hope this helps you understand some of the key ways that businesses have been impacted by the global pandemic. It’s clear that the problems for companies are only just beginning and a lot of work will need to be done to keep companies afloat.