There are many businesses that were struggling with the spread and consequences of pandemic around the world. There has been an increase in the unemployment rates all around the world due to companies cutting back on the staff or closing down operations. Likewise, there are many new challenges that have risen in the last few months. However, we still have several companies that have adapted and adjusted their strategies. Being part of a supportive, educative system, like that of a franchise system can come in handy during uncertain times. And there are several franchisees that are appreciative of the franchise system.
PrideStaff, the national staffing agency won the Franchise Times 2020 Zor Award in the employment/staffing category. There has been a huge increase in the unemployment numbers. However, there has been an increase in the sales staff mainly for QSR restaurants, food industry and production. Some of PrideStaff franchisees have been able to retain all their staff despite low profits. They have proactively added value to their customers by providing information on the pandemic and the laws that affect their business. They provide knowledge on how to get back to work safely.
Nevertheless, the situation is improving after the reopening of businesses. Some companies have even started calling back temporary employees they had to furlough. Amy Linn is a long time franchisee of PrideStaff, Dallas location. “I know this might sound strange, but if there was any franchise system I was a part of, I am grateful to be part of PrideStaff during a situation like this,” Linn said. “This is my third recession with my franchise, I’ve had it for 20 years, and I’m reminded every time of how fortunate I am of the choice I made.”
Uptown Cheapskate won the 2018 Franchise Times Zor Award in the Express Yourself section. They recently shifted his clothing resale store online. Justin Crump, a franchisee from Utah said “We realized that more than ever, people were spending more time on social networks, so we launched a website to begin reaching out to those folks,” Crump said. “We were able to link our social media accounts to our website to engage people that way.”
“I think the best part of being a part of a franchise system is being felt right now as we wake up every day wondering what is in store for us,” Crump said. “Having others there to communicate with and celebrate with is the true strength of being a part of a system.”
Source: Franchise Times