Among the more dramatic and often devastating interruptions of traditional process, is having to completely shut down your business – even temporarily. Take a moment to think of the traditional behaviors, habits and procedures that interruptions stand on end! Everything from your own daily routines and process paths for running that business, to everything your business operation entails from employees to inventory, from client management to service delivery... It’s large!
Disasters do that to our traditional patterns, habits and procedures. Natural disasters like floods, wildfires and hurricanes at least have a bit of warning space, and eventually a resolution and an end. We don’t like any of it, but somehow we manage it and get to the other side. As soon as possible, we get back to whatever each of us considers as our “normal;” or, a close, reasonable facsimile.
This thing we are now confronting – that has us immersed in unfamiliar anxiety and challenge – is much different. There seems to be no promise of returning to that normal we knew, or those traditional patterns we had “before.”
Just as you have taken on the brunt of the disarray of personal and once dependable patterns, community businesses and their connections and networks are confronted with the same dilemmas – albeit in a wide variety of contexts! It’s not that your community services and businesses are not available to you, it’s about new and newly relevant mutual solutions that must be now be confronted. We must build new traditions, habits and procedures to operate forward.
In the venue Interior Design, your professional team is operating on multiple levels. In order to appropriately address what the Pandemic phenomenon has presented concerning Interiors, we are challenged with vastly different expectations than a mere six months ago! The traditional assumptions about location, character, and outfitting have been turned upside down. Business – for all practical purposes – now takes place where it is practical, safe and possible!
Convert a garage? Re-plan the traffic patterns in a home?
Purchase a pre-built structure for an office on your residential property? Completely revise the floor plan in your commercial space?
Those considerations loom as importantly as your decision, as a business, to close the business and minimize loss, and speculate a career move – or retirement.
Tradition. Process. Habits. As your Interior design specialist, we must take those past postures into consideration, on your behalf, as you figure out how to make lemonade for your next move – from this awful Lemon we have been handed. That, while we practice new disciplines for health and safety.
Lately, I do the contemplative aspect of my work for you from my deck, adjacent to my residential office, overlooking a low forest of chaparral. On relevant days, at the in town office, I greet my merchandise Reps and Vendors -- and clients making unexpected choices for unexpected revisions in their work-plans!
You have heard it before: we are in this together. Isolate we must to some degree. But don’t isolate yourself from creative solutions; there’s always a way. And, help is on the way!
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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Collaboration & Writing: Ms. Zoe Tummillo