5 ways Covid changed my business for the better

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I, along with the rest of the world, experienced my fair share of anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic, not least of which is driving a global company with a lockdown-focused startup service. Topping the list of these challenges, one of my teams has been stuck in Canada for more than eight months as we tried to navigate between travel bans and ever-changing uncertainties. But even within this dark cloud, we were able to find some positive implications. These employees, tied together by their unexpected separation from family, have created their own family bond and leaned on each other to support each other – humanity at its best.

All in all, Covid was a tragedy and a stressful period for the whole world; but despite all the problems it has brought, we have seen businesses adapt, overcome and grow through adversity. He taught me that it is important to seek (and see) opportunities in any crisis. As innovative leaders in the 21st century, we must seek ways to support and improve our businesses. Here are some ways the pandemic helped me do just that:

Remote work

It’s almost a cliché at this point, but the Covid-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to how productive employees can be while working remotely. Of course, more self-disciplined and never-before-thought communication processes have been developed to improve interaction and productivity. Cloud-based collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Teams or GoToMeeting, originally used primarily for geographically dispersed organizations, became indispensable for employees who were out of the office.

The pandemic has helped us discover new communication processes and systems that allow our employees to work on international projects completely remotely. An example are remote controlled rooms for industrial plants. These operational control rooms give us the opportunity to work remotely in a mine without the need to be on site. These new communication systems and processes have helped us improve our internal communications within the organization. Our communications are now leaner, more deliberate and clearer, due to the one problem posed by Covid.

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New technologies

I believe Covid has accelerated the migration of the business world to the cloud, as well as laying the groundwork for tech companies in particular to create some truly revolutionary tools. We’ve already mentioned remote working, but we’ve seen significant advances in online shopping, robotic delivery, and even streaming entertainment. In the mining industry, we are seeing the growth of several trends such as drone usage, data collection, automated vehicles, digital twins, and artificial intelligence. We have also seen the development of significant new e-learning tools to continually educate and keep our workforce at the forefront of the latest innovations. The interesting part? These are all technologies that have grown by leaps and bounds during the pandemic.

New emphasis on natural resources

Domestic energy consumption increased dramatically during the pandemic, which has brought with it a renewed interest in the results of mining. While we have seen a plateau in demand, people have seen the vital need that the mining industry fulfills in their daily lives. We have seen delays at all levels of the supply chain and it is no different for mining, but the pandemic has opened many people’s eyes to how critical raw resources are to their lives.

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We need hobbies

Covid forced us to go back to basics in many interesting ways. We have seen the start of the Great Resignations, for example, where people have started quitting their jobs en masse for different opportunities or out of necessity from the pandemic life. People who work from home have begun to see their colleagues’ daily lives in an intimate way, and many of us have had more time and opportunities to spend with our families.

One thing I understand is how important it is to find an engaging hobby. When the boredom of the endless weeks spent at home begins to take its toll, sometimes the only thing keeping us sane is that new, fun skill we’re trying to master.

Committed leadership is the key

Overcoming difficult times has been more of a leadership exercise than anything else. We had to believe in our employees, our strategy, our business and maintain a united positive front across the entire management team. Starting from the “we can” mentality, it was easy to find creative solutions to the problems. Another useful mindset shift was planning for change. When changes are expected to occur, it is much easier to manage them.

The key to grasping victory from Covid’s jaws was to use fear and uncertainty to motivate us to bring out the best in our teams. The only certain thing is that we live in an uncertain world and the Covid-19 pandemic has helped us embrace it.

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