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How do you do business as usual in these unusual times?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is creating economic uncertainty like never before. The new normal is waiting for the 5pm daily Boris catch up, refreshing the BBC news button hourly to see more shops, restaurants closing by the second and panicking about an imminent lock down that is yet to have been enforced.

Rishi Sunak announced an unprecedented package of support for British business; including £330 billion in state backed loans, £20 billion in other aid, a business rates holiday, grants for retailers and pubs and even delaying the dreaded IR35 reforms. We are now just waiting with open arms to see what the chancellor offers in terms of a wage package rescue plan.

Whilst it seems impossible to escape the doom and gloom around us, we have to try and stay positive, compassionate and support each other both in terms of business and simply as human beings.

The world is changing at a rapid rate, far quicker than anyone will have ever experienced before, though we need to roll with the punches and do our best to evolve and adapt.  Remote working, video calls, events streamed online, yoga classes via Instagram Live, restaurants opening for take away  only and ultimately the online community becoming the most powerful thing out there.

Like most businesses Zebra People’s staff are all working from home; having daily catch ups and using Zoom (video calls) instead of phone calls.  As a business owner I understand that culture is a vital component, without which we would not compete at the level we do within the industry. We all work extremely hard and having a great environment to work in has always been one of our core values. Therefore, with everyone now working remote, it is important for us to keep the spirit of our business alive. Simple changes such as conducting video calls as opposed to audio calls can make all the difference. As well as fun cultural perks such as Friday team drinks over video chat which can and should still happen. We may not be allowed to go to the pub, but Covid 19 should not prevent us from coming together after a hard week and cheers’ing over a cold beer.

Zebra People are very much open for business and are here for our candidates and clients, as digital specialists we’re here to support you.

Whether it’s hiring, looking for a role or simply giving advice on improving your CV or Portfolio to be the best it can be. https://zebrapeople.com/resource/ux-portfolio-guidance/

Naturally our business has taken a hit in these uncertain times as roles have gone on hold and start dates pushed back. However, we also know that businesses are carrying on and will be in the weeks, months to come. A silver lining from all of this, is that the government has changed the IR35 legislation which means it’s easier to hire contractors if a need requires.

Therefore, we are remaining strong and ensuring we keep our ears close to the ground so that we can best advice and support you.

When this whole situation is over, we will still be there by your side to ensure that you come “roaring back”!

Get in touch with me by email or phone, ben@zebrapeople.com, 07967 313 366. Director of Zebra People.

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