At Talent we are continuing to closely monitor development related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We want you to know we are responding to the rapid changes every day, because the safety and well-being of our internal and external stakeholders is our top priority.
It goes without saying that our thoughts are with everyone affected by the global outbreak, and as such as we are doing everything we can including implementing precautionary measures in line with evolving local and international guidance.
Our decisions are made in accordance with health organisations such as the World Health Organisation, and government authorities such as the New Zealand Ministry of Health, and we are driven by our values to both maintain the safety of our community and continue conducting business as usual.
What we are doing:
We have established a taskforce to monitor and make decisions regarding the broader implications of COVID-19 for all our stakeholders both internally and externally.
Our taskforce has reviewed our Business Continuity Plan to ensure that operations run continuously, in the event our internal employees are unable to come into the office. Our entire business has the capability to work remotely, as such our Payroll, Client Support and Account Management will run as per usual.
To do our part to minimise community spread, all external meetings will be conducted via digital collaboration alternatives such as Zoom and Skype. In order to keep our employees safe we are halting visitors to our offices internationally.
Events and travel
All upcoming events and business travel both internationally and domestically have been cancelled to minimise the risk of exposure as per the recommendations of the Australian government.
We are regularly communicating with our Talent employees and are advising them to follow the Government’s instructions with regards to travel, hygiene and self-quarantine as required. We are investing in greater work flexibility for our staff and advising them to prioritise their health in this uncertain time.
We have contacted every Talent contractor across Australia and New Zealand, advising them to follow the instructions provided by their organisation and offering them our support. All Talent contractors have access to our confidential EAP service if they feel overwhelmed by the current state of affairs.
We have requested that contractors immediately inform us of any changes to their work patterns due to the virus. We will be in frequent communication with any contractors who are sick or self-isolated to ensure their well-being. Where possible we will try to assist contractors in making alternate arrangements, such as working from home.
We are aligning ourselves with our clients’ policies and procedures in dealing with any such suspected cases of COVID-19 amongst our contractors. We will assess each situation on a case by case basis, and develop a plan going forward to minimise any impact to their businesses. We are communicating any new action plans to the relevant contractor(s).
We want to continue to live true to our values and in the spirit of #givingadamn we are putting health and safety as our first priority.
If there is any way we can help you through this difficult time, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.