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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 27th July 2020

Winder Power business update - The battle against Covid-19

Dear All,

It’s now been over 4 months since Boris spoke to the nation and put us in to lock-down.  Many things have changed since then with the introduction of wearing face masks being the latest addition.  As a company we have adjusted well to the changes and thankfully with everyone’s support we have managed to come through some tough times.

We now look to the future and what that will hold both personally and as a business.  Some of the changes we have made will ease as the months and years go by.  Some we would like to keep as a permanent change i.e. office working practices.  Many organisations have grasped the changes and found them to have a significant positive impact on their employees and their organisations, we are no different.  With that in mind, and until further notice please could we follow these basic guidelines:

  • In any given week, work from home more days than you work from the office
  • Avoid working in the offices on Fridays unless you have no option i.e. customer visits or shop-floor meetings

If you need any help with your working at home arrangements then please speak to your manager and we will do all we can to help.  We hope these changes will make your work/life balance more palatableand we are already looking at further flexible working arrangements for both the offices and shop floor.

I would also like to remind everyone to start taking their allocated holidays.  In most cases you will not be able to travel far but it’s still important that you have a break from the business and spend quality time with your friends and family.  The UK has some fantastic places and now more than ever we need to supporting “local” business, especially in the tourism/hospitality industry.

 Thanks for your continued support.

Regards,

Paul Matthews

Managing Director

Winder Power Coronavirus position as at 10th March 2020

Currently there still is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 associated with imported goods. There is no indication that Coronaviruses can be transferred in an active form from infected humans or animals to raw material or finished products or vice versa.

The company has spoken to our suppliers in Italy and they have confirmed that they are doing as much as they can to contain the virus and have also confirmed that it is business as usual and no one at their depot have been diagnosed with the virus.

All Employees have been advised the following:-

  • In the event of an employee being diagnosed with coronavirus, or if they have been exposed to the virus and develop symptoms, the company will treat them fairly, compassionately and in line with our sickness absence procedure;
  • Anyone who experiences symptoms of coronavirus must obtain urgent medical advice and, where possible, provide a fit note to cover their period of sickness absence;
  • Where an employee is not sick but the company insists that they remain away from the workplace as a precautionary measure, they will be paid as normal;
  • The company may ask employees about their travel plans and will do so in a non- discriminatory or prejudicial way. The company will not make assumptions based on race, nationality or ethnic background;
  • Employees who visit a high-risk area must follow the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) guidelines and government travel information, this can be found on the W.H.O website or NHS website.

What if I am visitor?

  • Any visitor who experiences symptoms of coronavirus must obtain urgent medical advice via the NHS 111 number;
  • All visitors will be required to complete a disclaimer prior to entering the premises;
  • If the visit is not absolutely necessary or if you have visited high risk countries in the last14 days we advise you not to proceed with your visit;
  • Hand sanitisers have been placed throughout the building.

Winder Power will continue to monitor concerns and evolving information around Coronavirus COVID-19 to ensure quality and safety to our employees and customers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Winder Power business update - The battle against Covid-19

Dear All,

Firstly, can I thank everyone for their support over the last few days.  It’s been a very testing time for us all but some people within the organisation have done some pretty amazing things.  A special thanks to all of those, without your efforts our role as leaders of the business would have been much harder. When things get back to normal we will not forget those people who rose to the challenge and faced up to the Covid-19 problems “head-on”.

Unfortunately we also see the other side of human nature with some people making the most of the current climate and acting in a very selfish way.  To those people I would say, these times are about us all pulling together to help save lives.  When you see the amazing job our front-line workers are doing its difficult to understand the actions of a minority of our fellow employees.  To each and every one of us, please consider others before yourself and think carefully about how your actions may influence the actions of others.  Above all else, be thoughtful, caring and respectful for your fellow colleagues as well as your family and friends, and those who need you most right now.

Today we have made the very tough decision to furlough a number of people.  This effectively means that 17 of our employees will not be required to work for the foreseeable future. 

The government will support us in paying these employees and this is only a temporary measure until the business returns back to full capacity.  Substation services has been hit the hardest with ALL the department being furloughed.  We were left with little choice on this matter as the DNO’s have cancelled every installation contract up to the end of April.  A few people within the factory have also been furloughed as we look to keep overheads in-line with production.  I will keep you fully updated on this matter as time progresses and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in due-course.

Another thank you to all those who have made the transition to working from home.  Being at home brings its own challenges and is not the “easy-life” some people perceive it to be.  The lack of interaction with fellow colleagues and the complete change in environment and working conditions is often difficult to manage.  Please see attached a few tips for helping with the transition to home working.  If you need further support then please get in touch with your manager or myself and we’ll do whatever we can to assist.

The last point I’d like to raise is the one of pay rise.  We’ve considered this at various meetings over recent days and we’ve come to the conclusion that it would not be appropriate to award a pay rise on the 1st April considering the current economic conditions and that we have

Furloughed 17 people today.  It would be reckless of me to commit to a potential spend of £100k at a time when we are trying to save every penny possible.  We will re-evaluate this in 3 months and see if the business is better placed.

More from me towards the end of the week but in the meantime please take care, stay at home, save lives.

Regards,

Paul Matthews

Managing Director

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