COVID 19 Situations Discussions
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As posted before, I work for Chick-fil-a. As the corona virus has became bigger and more of a pandemic company’s have started to take precaution. One of those company’s are chick-fil-a. I was actually in Arkansas over our spring break to do a training session for one of the college based chick-fil-a’s that were getting new corporate management. During my time their, the last 3 days had a change in path. Normally all “stores” are both drive-thru/dinning in. However, due to the spreading of the virus, changes had to be made. Because this is a corporate issue and something corporate directors have put into place I can’t be specific with all of the terms. However, changes such as, closing the playground, no refreshers with the same cup, no dine in orders, no sauces left out to the public, no table markers. Due to these changes, people aren’ able to dine in and eat. The dine in portion of this allows parents to bring their children to the playground, meetings, or a place to study. Shutting down the dine in option may create a lot of declines in sales. Many reasuturants are just doing the option of carry-out only, which means their will be absolutely no trays to give out nor clean tables. Since being in AR I did keep in touch with my store and both were following the same guidelines. However, my store at home which I will be coming back to tomorrow has made changes to provide better for the public. The main change is shutting down the dinning room area completely, this means we will only operate as a drive thru. These changes will create much of a disturbance to our normal customers and routine. Through our daily basis we do a productivity check to enable we are hitting correct sales through the day. Because of the change starting tomorrow, the decline of sales and or labor may go down. For example, last Monday, the corona virus was not a concurrent problem as it has been now (with extreme deaths, closing events, no school). In “budgeting” speaking, our productivity last Monday during lunch was sales hitting over 2,500 dollars as well as hitting all lunch goals, meaning the company was making more many than spending. However today, no lunch goals have been hit an the highest sales for the hour was at 1,690. Additionally the company has made further changes to even schedule less/more people depending on the set up as only drive thru tomorrow.
To one-up the Thai monkey wars, in the Japanese city of Nara, hordes of deer have left parks and are wandering the streets (and subways) in search of food after tourists have stopped coming to feed them. The deer of this city are famous for bowing back to tourists and receiving rice crackers as a reward. The deer have been spotted feeding on grass in the city and train stations, even finding their way into subways as food (and people) become more scarce.
On the topic of fiscal management, since the deer feed on city grounds they are probably causing damage to city property such as the vegetation on street medians and defecating on property. Although the city sets aside budget for rounding up wild animals and cleaning up public spaces, even the city admitted that no one could have expected this development. Right now locals may be enjoying the spectacle, but as the deer become accustomed to city grounds they may become a problem when the city recovers from the pandemic and cars and people take back the streets. The city should probably be the biggest force in pushing the deer out of the city to avoid long term issues and because citizens may not recognize the risks associated with what are commonly considered as pests in the US. Setting aside the use of a few trucks, for example, full of personnel or volunteers to shoo away deer or maybe police cars (with sirens blaring ) to round the creatures out of the city. By using resources they already have, the local community can minimize the consumption of resources and property damage.
A non-profit that I volunteer for called FIRST (Links to an external site.) recently canceled all their future events and the rest of their competitions for the rest of the year. This came as a pretty big shock to me as the event in Orlando was already taking place at the CFE arena on the UCF campus. They had 63 teams and over 2000 people at the event and it was closed midway through the second day. Here are some updates from the event organizers in Orlando (Links to an external site.) and updates from the headquarters (Links to an external site.). This has severe impacts on the teams that paid to go and the local economy as this is a large event that pulls an international audience.
While it has been only four days since they canceled the season, this has already had alarming ramifications for some of the teams. I am going to look at this through a budgeting lens as it had me thinking about the requirement on public governments to have a reserve fund for the county. Does FIRST have enough money to continue the season at the scale they have in the past? Will they be able to offer rookie team scholarships for new teams next season? Do they have a refund policy in place since they are the ones who canceled the season?
These cancelations only lead to more questions. For example, teams that had events further out can get their hotel stays refunded, but these teams will no longer be paying taxes and spending money in the local economy that hosts these competitions. How will that loss of income effect those communities? How will the cancellations effect the hotel chains? If certain teams can’t get their stays refunded, will that impact them for the next season as many teams use the competitions as big fundraisers?
There isn’t a good way to answer all these questions as this is all happening day by day. We will start to see some of the fallout of all these major cancellations in the next few months and maybe even the next few years. Nevertheless, I have some ideas for FIRST that might help them recover some of the lost funds. Instead of changing the competition for next year allow teams to use the same robot for next season so teams save money on having to buy kits. This would also save FIRST money on having to create a new competition and all the cost that are associated with that. This proposed solution practices “thrift” which means the people who participate in the competitions won’t feel like all the effort and money they put into their robots this canceled season was for nothing.
All these changes and cancellations are hurting the budgets of many different organizations and let’s hope counties and other entities have a strong enough reserve budget to stay afloat. We can all see how this is affecting the stock market but when events like these get canceled it has much larger ramifications than disappointed fans and upset attendees. I hope that this virus starts to get better soon.
The economic fallout of event cancellations is making headlines. However, little attention has been paid to the social costs. Events play an important role in community life and research has repeatedly shown that attending festivals and community events has many benefits.
In a study examining the social impact of events, my colleagues and I found that attending festivals is related to a sense of emotional connection. By coming together to share in a common experience, we build stronger, more resilient communities.
In a recent episode of the Ten Percent Happier podcast, Sonja Lyubomirsky, social psychologist, discussed the importance of social connection to happiness. Lyubomirsky’s work suggests that regardless of whether we are introverted or extraverted, connecting with other people seems to contribute to our well-being. Social interaction is a common driver of event attendance and is thought to contribute to both social and individual benefits. Furthermore, we have found that the sense of belonging that people value often motivates them to attend events so that they can spend time with family, friends and their community.