What is one positive business story that transpired during the pandemic?
This pandemic has been tough on many of us, so we asked business owners and entrepreneurs this question for their pandemic business stories. From thriving through innovation to leaning into virtual recruiting, there are several ways businesses found ways to stay afloat and keep working towards a positive future.
Here are six positive business stories that transpired during the pandemic:
- Thriving Through Innovation
- Educating Employees on Cybersecurity
- Improving Living Spaces
- Training New Career Seekers
- Helping Teachers Navigate Virtual Schooling
- Leaning Into Virtual Recruiting
Thriving Through Innovation
I found myself starting a new job straight out of college in the middle of the pandemic. I began my career from home, doing my training entirely on Zoom, never having met the majority of the coworkers or clients that I work with on a daily basis. While there was uncertainty at every corner, I was thankful to have a job when so many others were not as fortunate and kept the mindset that I was going to do everything in my power to make the most of my situation. Through company innovations and the launching of a knowledge-based platform, I was able to take on responsibilities that wouldn’t have presented themselves without the pandemic. Almost a year later and I am flourishing in my role, and my company is growing every day.
Kayla Centeno, Markitors
Educating Employees on Cybersecurity
Early in the pandemic, we saw a 500% increase in cyber crimes as employees went remote. To help fight back against phishing scams, we offered free Coronavirus phishing tests to help train employees around the world to reinforce positive communications behavior in remote environments. These simulated phishing tests helped employees see how easy hackers can claim to be someone else and how to recognize those threats in the future. This is especially important as cybercrimes continue to play a role in our new normal.
Nick Santora, Curricula
Improving Living Spaces
The pandemic has increased the amount of time we all spend at home. With increased time at home, there’s also an increase in people unable to access their homes due to mobility challenges with stairs. One unique side effect of the pandemic has been the number of people who are improving their living space. For our customers, that’s meant installing stair lifts to regain independence throughout their home. For others working from home, the ideas people have come up with during the pandemic to improve their workspace and surroundings are a bright spot frequently seen in daily Zoom calls.
Joe Newstrom, Arrow Lift
Training New Career Seekers
When the pandemic first hit, it is safe to say that I was in a state of panic. As the owner of an eyelash extension business, my work relies on clients coming into the salon and extremely close contact. Of course, that was not an option in a state of lockdown. Just when it felt like the sky was falling, I started to see an increase in activity on the other side of my business—eyelash extension training. With so many individuals losing their jobs, they were looking for ways to invest in themselves, and my business courses and online certifications serve just that purpose! Being able to pivot and see so many clients enjoying my new products made 2020 a year to never forget and be so grateful for.
Vanessa Molica, The Lash Professional
Helping Teachers Navigate Virtual Schooling
Online faxing exploded during the pandemic as more workplaces faced a paperless reality in a remote environment. Perhaps one of the industries where we were proud to support was education. Teachers were thrown into a new education environment and were asked to navigate new and sometimes complex technologies. Fortunately, our service enabled teachers across the globe to easily scan documents and send out critical information safely and securely. Taking one less worry away from teachers during a pandemic to better benefit the education of their students was definitely a positive experience, and we think that trend will only continue.
Adam Korbl, iFax
Leaning Into Virtual Recruiting
During the pandemic, we saw many employers pivot their hiring strategies from in-person job fairs to virtual hiring events. Embracing new recruitment technologies helped companies reduce time around tasks like screening, scheduling, and candidate Q&As. Focusing more time on top candidates and less time on manual tasks through recruitment technologies should be a lasting shift as a result of the pandemic. To talent acquisition teams around the world, that’s a huge positive.
Josh Zywien, Paradox