BLOG: Adapting to the challenges of COVID-19
Product Marketing Manager, Industrial IoT Division
The global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 wasn’t on anyone’s forecast or strategic roadmap this year. So, now what? How are people behaving and responding to the challenges, how does business continue, and what do we do with the important plans we had in the queue? I don't have all the answers, but I can provide some thoughts and insights from my own perspective.
It’s been a long time since we’ve had to share the experience of a global-scale event like the one we’re facing today. Through this experience, it’s become obvious to me that we are all being required to connect in new ways.
Leading conversations with empathy is the new gold standard in business as we continue to operate as a community. We’re all in the same situation and are supporting each other, recognizing that these are strange and uncertain times. This breaks down barriers, and creates connections that help us work more closely together on our future goals.
There’s no way to predict outcomes, but we know that there will be a recovery period and that everyone has likely lost some revenue. It’s encouraging to see that during this time, news reports are indicating some positive signs in terms of Rental and Construction industries who are supporting the front lines of government, healthcare, and infrastructure as essential services.
Businesses that remain open are adapting their services, and making tough decisions to adjust operations to protect the health of the business and employees. Associations like ARA are stepping up, providing a series of webinars to offer business management guidance and also seeking support from government to help soften the blow and deliver aid.
Periods of disruption, unrest and change can be a blessing. They represent a pivot point that provides insights and experiences that force us to think about how to be stronger in recovery, and focus on what we want to accomplish. It’s a time to reflect, learn, grow and collaborate. I encourage everyone to continue their business and technology strategy conversations related to the future, knowing that this period will end and that we can all be stronger and smarter as a result!
How are you coping? What’s working for your teams and organizations? Consider sharing your experiences and thoughts about how you are moving forward during these challenging times.
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