With almost 180,000 cases in the U.S. and over 700,000 cases worldwide, the novel coronavirus pandemic has become a global threat not only to human lives but also to the businesses and economies as a whole. As cases spike, and economy on a halt, small businesses have already started feeling the pinch. The IMF has already declared a recession, and more than 3 billion people around the globe are in lockdown. In fact, entire countries are being locked down by governments. And as the world braces itself for a recession, no one knows whether we are at the end of the tunnel or the fight has just begun.
The disease was first reported in the Wuhan city of China in December 2019. Since then, the infection has made its way to more than 170 countries across the globe while jeopardizing the livelihoods and economy as a whole. The United States has become the epicenter of this disease surpassing mainland China and the worst affected European countries of Italy and Spain. Such is the magnitude of the crisis that the United States Senate approved a $2 trillion rescue bill to address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy. Whether this will be sufficient to pull out the economy from recession, only time will tell. Till then, essential businesses continue to operate amidst sluggish demand, lockdowns, and fear of infection. With social distancing becoming the norm, workplaces have been forced to change the way they operate.
Keeping the workplace safe is the need of the hour
As the infection spreads at a rapid pace, it has become crucial for employers to implement safety protocols to prevent the spread among employees and to the clients. This public health crisis has forced most of the companies to make their employees work from home.
However, there are so many businesses where physical presence is a must. For example, in a roofing business working from home is not an option since the work involved is mostly on-site, whether it is roof repair work or replacement.
Whether it is a worker, manager, or supervisor, all have to work at the front-line. However, in these times, it is highly risky, and their health and safety remain the top priority. Furthermore, the most devastating consequence of the novel coronavirus is that it spooks the customers as they may feel unsafe to call or visit roofers as it could be a risk to their health. However, to continue serving the clients safely as per the guidelines provided by the local administration, WHO, and health care professionals, innovative roofing businesses are utilizing technology to keep the work going.
How is Allegiant Roofing Ensuring The Safety Of Both Employees And Customers?
Dayton, Ohio based Allegiant Roofing has made some critical operational adjustments to ensure that all stakeholders are safe during these challenging times.
Allegiant Roofing has leveraged technology and moved operations to a virtual platform where clients can get estimates, and can also book appointments. To maintain ‘social distancing,’ they plan to take aerial roofing measurements and photography using drones to provide roofing estimates. The software deployed gives precise roof measurements so that the pricing is accurate.
Besides this, the business will be doing signatures electronically to avoid any contact with customers. The team of professional roofers would happily replace or repair the roof while the customer is safe at home. Even the crew is well-protected to minimize the risk of Coronavirus transmission. With such innovative measures in place, there is no need for face-to-face meetings anymore.
The plans of Allegiant Roofing to fight COVID-19 are indeed commendable when most of the small businesses are struggling.
While we pray for all this to end soon, Stay safe, Stay at home!