Evidently Covid19 fear will be there for a long time, there’s no denying the fact. But as it was said in Jurassic Park First movie “Life finds it way”. So now I am thinking that we are in that stage where life is finding its way out of lockdown.
We at Gehlot Ford & National Tractors and Motors resumed our partial operations only for workshop purposes. But being first day we were not hoping for much of customer so we just did cleaning & checkin of the machines etc so that we can be fully ready as little more of lockdown eases up.
To be very honest first day back felt very confusing and odd to many people. confusing to us that how to get whole operation running with 30% of staff and for staff it was little odd because of social distancing measures, sanitisers and infrared thermometer being pointed to them in every 3 hours.
But I feel this is going to be the new norm now even after lockdown eases and Covid19 fear goes away.
Was talking to my staff and literally some of them thanked and were very happy coming to office mostly because their boredom was going and some were happy with the sanitisation practices we are adopting in the routine life.
Let’s take baby steps and keep the ball rolling under guidelines of government. And pray to God with a hope that tomorrow would be better then today.
Interestingly during the extension of this lockdown easing up of districts or businesses was allowed. It was decided that few of the important sectors like agriculture & related industries can be allowed to operate citing the Covid19 conditions in the said town.
So being in automotive industry had been reading and talking with lot of people regarding the opening and functioning (How, What, When, Who) kind of things and few others. Few pointers which definitely popped up in mind is the kind of responsibility which a business-owner will be taking on ones head.
Firstly is it definitely worth it to go with so much of trouble with authorities, administration & police force firstly to get the Travel passes. We need to do a detailed Cost v/s benefit study before taking this decision.
Secondly, The customer inflow would be very minimal as automobile industry is majorly customer driven. And even after lifting of lockdown the People wont be very forthcoming / eager to buy the cars ASAP.
Thirdly, As per the News / Views & messages on our dearest Whatsapp IF any of the employee or Customer gets infected and it gets traced back to us (Us being the business owner) we will be charged by an FIR, Seizing of Office Premises for who knows how many days & Massive Quarantine of whole staff & Customer database who we interacted with.
Fourthly, Had tried applying for pass for my Agri Business but frankly I got Rejected, I tried asking the reason for rejection & no one was able to give a proper grounds for rejection. Felt like none of the authorities we ready to take responsibility for issuing the passes to masses. Even though they are not wrong on their part as the stakes are very high right now, any misstep and we will have a severe outbreak like other cities, states, countries.
Just not in favour of opening right now as being a responsible citizen is more important then being a responsible Businessman.