7 Good Things for Health Businesses that Came from the Pandemic
The past two years have been unprecedented for the entire world. Cases of Covid-19 hit harder than anyone expected, and millions of people have perished. And it isn’t over. However, the good news is that the worst virus since the Spanish flu of 1918 is under control in developed nations. This means we can carry (more or less) as usual and get back to work. Yet through all the disruption and tragedy, some good things for the business came from the pandemic.
Highlighted Uses of Remote Apps
Video conferencing and telepresence devices aren’t new. However, before the pandemic hit, you may not have heard of them. And if you had, you didn’t necessarily use them. But lockdown restrictions and government-imposed isolation essentially forced us to find alternative communication methods. And business had to adapt quickly. For example, apps like Zoom, Skype and Teams allow business and team collaboration. Further, companies developed their own apps. So, for instance, your practice could go ahead and offer testosterone replacement therapy through telemedicine programs.
Mental Health and Isolation Issues
If you had your ear to the ground or had gone through something similar before, then you would have been aware of the mental health issues that plague society. Yet, before the pandemic, the larger general public was not aware of the scale of the case. The Covid-19 pandemic brought to the fore the plight of millions of people worldwide who suffer from severe mental health problems. Such issues include anxiety, depression, and stress. Each of these is exacerbated by isolation. Businesses could respond using various communication methods to ensure their employees are not suffering and continue self-care during the lockdown.
Alternate Ways of Operating a Business
Government-imposed restrictions all but shuttered most businesses for a brief period. This meant employees of non-essential services had to stay at home. However, this could be damaging for a company, and despite help from the government, some businesses needed to carry on. In addition, restrictions allowed some sectors to seek out business in another way. For example, high-end restaurants now use apps like Just Eat. Some companies, like salons and mobile and commercial offices, currently operate substantially more remote sessions and offer employees the choice to work from home as a standard part of a contract.
The Importance of Personal Hygiene
You might have seen the different government and health organization ads informing you how to wash your hands properly and what to do to prevent the spread of Covid. Unfortunately, world governments had to try so hard to get citizens to perform simple handwashing procedures. However, these ads highlighted the importance of personal hygiene. Which is only a good thing for business. It is believed that flu and the common cold is halted with strict handwashing. And the fewer people are away from work because of illness, the better it is financially.
Easy Home Working Methods
Further to offering employees the choice to work from home, more methods have been revealed over the past two years. Before the pandemic, many businesses had already provided the opportunity to work from home, but on a limited scale. Today, many offer it as standard with more days on offer. However, you might have found it tedious to do so. Now, many companies have embraced the modern and valuable technologies offered by cloud-based services. Cloud-based services provide methods of working and collaborating over the internet and shared apps.
Boosted Online Sales
Even though you may have been subject to lockdown because of a pandemic, it doesn’t mean you didn’t need to shop for items and essentials. During the worst of Covid-19, online sales saw massive boosts. Amazon alone saw a $6 billion increase in profit from online sales throughout 2020 and 2021. And despite closing most of its physical stores, Apple made almost $60 billion in revenue purely online. So whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, the convenience of online sales is making massive profits for companies. Yet the balance seems a little off-kilter. For example, as online business booms in the UK, the famous high streets of its towns and cities are struggling to keep stores open.
Company Blogging and Social Media
There are currently over 600 million active blogs on the web and counting. While it might not have seemed like it, adding a blog to your company site is an excellent method of increasing sales and attracting new customers. In addition, blogging improves your site’s search engine optimization (SEO) score. In a nutshell, this can drive more users to your website, all of which are potential customers. Additionally, blogging is an excellent way of reassuring clients and customers throughout the pandemic about how your business currently operates and what the future holds.