The pandemic triggered by COVID-19 affected the whole world and has not spared Belarus. One of the key recommendations from WHO is to observe personal hygiene measures and physical distancing. Because of that, many social events and the face-to-face business moved online, and their employees are working from home.
In this article, we’ll briefly consider the aspects of the working environment in Belarus and the projected economic impact on business.
The pandemic became a crucial moment for companies and industries. Telecommuting and online options have the biggest value nowadays. As soon as WHO voiced recommendations for the fight against coronavirus and the very first cases were confirmed in Belarus, companies that had the opportunity to send their employees to work from home used it.
Amasty is also working from home in order to protect our employees’ health and guarantee you uninterrupted service. And we’ll keep this regime until the situation in Belarus doesn’t improve. We hope that you don’t feel any differences.
Even though official quarantine has not yet been introduced, IT companies and digital agencies started telecommuting. They had an advantage because usually for such kind of work you don’t need any special equipment, only a laptop, and an internet connection. For the other branches moving to online become a challenge therefore, they are in no hurry to switch to remote work. But with the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the country, even some industries began to massively allow remote work to all employees who can perform from home.
Compliance with measures of social distance and work from home was called folk’s quarantine. People joined the global #stayhome movement to support medical workers, protect the elderly, and stay safe and healthy.
The impact on business
Remote work and pandemic, in general, have already affected all aspects of our lives. But the biggest impact it made to business, economy, and society.
The business community responded to the crisis in different ways. They adapt the business according to the new customers’ needs, make special offers for doctors and medical workers, offer their products and services for free to stop COVID-19 spreading. Also, a lot of companies made large donations to charitable foundations and volunteer organizations.
The brightest example of mutual assistance is local restaurants that started to cook lunches and dinners for medical workers, although the restaurant sector was most affected by the pandemic.
We will be able to assess the extent of the impact of the pandemic on the economy only with subsequent analysis, but it is already clear that many areas such as tourism, catering, and others face-to-face businesses are in a difficult position. Small and medium businesses report about revenue decreasing up to 90% and ask the government about deferred tax payments and other support.
Belarusian society responded with solidarity and mutual assistance to a common problem. And we believe that by joining our efforts, we can overcome the crisis and build a better world together. Stay tuned to not miss our upcoming articles.