Reopening Your Business? Here are 3 Management Tips for a Seamless Reopening

Dr. Ryan Giffen

The hardship and overall strangeness of recent times are unprecedented. The uncertainty of the economy and the financial pressures caused by closures and delays, it is of paramount importance that the reopening of your business is as seamless as possible. Every moment must be utilized to its maximum potential. Preparations should be made to reduce the risk of facing unnecessary problems when you are ready to reopen your doors for business. Below are three business management tips for a seamless reopening of your business:

Make a Management Plan

As you know, every successful venture starts with a solid plan. The same goes for a re-visited venture such as reopening your business. Revisiting a good management plan should occur with new things and changing times. Be sure to revisit your plans and your goals when you decide to reopen your business. In times like these, realistic expectations can go a long way. If times have been hard for your business, you might not expect to hire back a full staff, fully stock as always, or keep the same hours. Be sure to make a realistic budget and stick with it. Your business must include any new rules or regulations. Just like a blueprint is vital to an efficient building, a business plan is vital to the reopening of your business.

Practice Safety

COVID-19 is still making an impact on the health and well-being of this country. It is extremely important that good safety practices are followed. Be sure to put up appropriate signage regarding any rules or regulations that should be followed. Not only will this ensure the safety of others, let’s face it, it is just good business. Showing your employees or patrons that you care about them is a great way to keep morale and make a positive impression on everyone that makes your business a possibility.

Spruce it Up

Now is a great time to focus energy on cleaning, reorganizing, and reinventing. You will be surprised at how big of a difference small management changes can make. If you are planning to reopen your business after being closed for a while, it will pay off to go ahead and put in the effort to change the things that have needed to be addressed. Be sure to think of things like better bookkeeping methods, general cleanliness and maintenance, and anything that new workplace rules and regulations might require.  A detail that is often forgotten is marketing. After a break, new advertising can go a long way.

About Dr. Ryan Giffen

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Ryan Giffen is an expert in human relations and business culture. His career began in hospitality, leading operations and human resource departments for Fortune 500 companies and the like. Not long after, Ryan found his passion for teaching and consulting. He earned a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management with a Human Resources focus from Iowa State University and now works as an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach. For over a decade, he continues to research and speak on organizational culture, relationship intelligence, and leadership effectiveness. Ryan is also the founder of Inospire, a company helping bosses and employees build stronger relationships with one another.  Lastly, Dr. Giffen is producer and host of the Corporate Shadow Podcast. a show helping everyday employees overcome workplace nonsense.