Our work habits have changed rapidly. Consultancies, event coordinators, and retail buyers will need to adapt in the short term and plan for the future.
Working without Travel
First and foremost, confirm any necessary visits for a future date. Travel is not advised or prohibited. Many people are afraid of international travel and report to avoid certain countries. These plans will likely not come to fruition until many months later additional resources.
Keep in mind that the meeting will be face-to-face. It is a positive idea to say yes. Even though the situation may seem dire, it will end soon, and businesses will continue to thrive. A positive outlook will make a difference in your work. It will help you realize that there is a purpose to what you do. You can manage non-essential visits through other methods.
Keep in touch with your clients.
You must still keep in touch even if you are unable to meet face-to-face at the site. This is a difficult time for both you and your clients. It is essential to assure them that you are available and will be of benefit.
You can answer their questions and establish a working relationship if you have more time than you need to travel by train or plane. When life returns to normal, be the company, they choose to work for.
This is the time to be a great leader or employer. Your clients may be worried about the future of the business, but your employees are concerned about the end of the income. In business, such as consulting, where travel is a regular occurrence, it could indicate job insecurity. With a global recession on the horizon, this is even more concerning.
Some jobs may be lost in the worst-case scenario. However, this is something you must avoid. The feeling of danger you feel will affect your work output and trickle down. It is harder to communicate with everyone at home, but it is much more critical.
How you communicate with someone will depend on whether they are clients or colleagues. There are many messaging apps that you can use for personal and professional purposes. WhatsApp and Facebook messenger allows group messaging so that you can collaborate on significant projects with your colleagues even if you don’t have a Slack subscription.
Messaging is more flexible than email and allows you to share creative ideas while the conversation is ongoing. This is a more casual platform that helps you to get to know your customers. You can also choose to remain professional. You can adjust your tone in emails or keep an email-only relationship.
No matter how confident or inept, you may be with your assessments and reports. There’s always more to do. Are your current circumstances making your data obsolete? Is there a way to help clients protect their business over the long term? Are you able to accurately interpret the current climate and determine how clients should behave?
More market research is needed, both for competitors and clients. Markets constantly change, especially right now. Companies are adapting, and you don’t want to be left behind. The extra effort you put in will impress your clients and show that you can adapt to a crisis.
Teleconferencing allows you to communicate ideas in a way that messaging doesn’t allow. There are many platforms for teleconferencing. Text cannot inspire ideas like a conversation. Talking can create a flow.
Teleconferencing platforms like Zoom and Skype allow you to share ideas with groups or individuals. You can share your results and discuss the next steps. Video calling can be distracting and not always the best option. Think about the best way to share information or an idea with others.
Business travel had been declining before the pandemic and is expected to continue to decline. Teleconferencing was an affordable alternative to flying, and it was moving ahead.
Smart glasses can enhance your teleconferencing experience
Teleconferencing is static, which is its main drawback. One party must carry their phone or laptop to demonstrate a product or walk around a building. Their hands must be accessible for any products they wish to display or sell to clients.
Smart glasses bring you as close to face-to-face meetings as possible. You can see the workplace as they see it with just one person wearing the glasses. You can see things that they don’t consider from an outsider’s perspective. For a more thorough analysis, walkthroughs can be recorded.
This technology is not only valuable for the case of pandemics. These technologies provide solutions for many industries, including manufacturing and warehousing. We can learn from our mistakes and improve how we do business in the future.
Reexamine your business travel policy
You will be able to adapt your work methods after the pandemic is over. Every step you make now will be a lesson for the next. There is time to examine safety guidelines for travel.
It will pay off long-term if you can work around business travel. We have both an environmental and financial interest in reducing the amount of travel we make. You will save time and money if your operations can run smoothly without having to travel as much as you do now.
These are challenging times, but they are not fatal. It is not a good idea to be too cautious, but this is the right time to be strategic.