Production: We are continuing to deliver on time
We have separated the individual production shifts so that employees do not unnecessarily meet: the morning shift ends at half past one, and the afternoon shift does not start until two o’clock. However, nothing has changed for production at all, we are making the same number of lamellae and accessories as we have been doing to date.
We continue to make blinds within 10 business days. If customers so desire, they can collect the goods themselves. We distribute blinds to others on days of the week as per prior arrangement. Moreover, we contact each customer beforehand and ensure that someone will take delivery of the goods without any problem. If the partner cannot take delivery of the blinds, we temporarily store them at our premises.
Not even partners from Australia of Japan will be deprived of their blinds. Air cargo transport continues to operate, and we sometimes also use the cargo space of passenger planes. Recently, these have been flying less frequently, for which reason air deliveries may exceptionally be delayed slightly.
We are currently not exporting to the worst hit countries like Spain or Italy – we only have a few Italian partners, who are currently not operating and have shut down their companies.
The safety measures also apply to drivers. Newly, all papers are signed outdoors and nobody goes inside the company buildings. We have also restricted the frequent swapping of vehicles: every driver uses only one vehicle, which is regularly disinfected.
Meetings: virtual meetings are held with partners
In normal conditions, we go out of the company on trips several times per week and meet partners at meetings and business negotiations. We have shifted all contact at present to the on-line environment – we meet partners via the computer screen or make telephone calls.
Similarly, we have also restricted our internal meetings. All those who can, work from home office. We have additionally acquired notebooks and arranged remote access also for those who have not used home office to date. When someone wants to change their environment, they can come to the office. But the arrangement is that not more than two members of staff can be in the office at any one time.
And if we want to talk to each other, we do so remotely via Skype. We always handle minor issues by e-mail or a quick phone call.
Employees: we have a Coronavirus Coordinator
For everything to continue running, we needed someone who would supervise production and everything around coronavirus. For this reason, we have appointed our own coordinator for Coronavirus, Jitka Vránová.
She ensures that all employees have masks and conducts checks to ensure that we have an adequate volume of disinfectant. At the same time, she monitors events and provides up-to-date information.
We care for the health of our employees, and for this reason, we have implemented the following rules:
- all wear masks throughout working hours,
- we have a lunch timetable,
- at tables there is a maximum of two persons,
- we get fruit with our lunch everyday,
- we have purchased vitamin packs for all employees to strengthen their immunity.
Offices and other measures
Employees can read the basic hygiene rules on the noticeboards, at the entrances to the building, the dining room and near the toilets we have also located disinfection containers. We no longer use normal towels to clean our hands, only paper wipes, which we discard immediately.
For the offices to be really safe and healthy, we have also intensified cleaning and we disinfect the handles, rails and working area several times a day.
Not everyone has enough protective gear at the moment. Therefore, we donated about 500 disposable masks to the Children’s Department of the University Hospital in Olomouc. We also equipped our company doctor – she got a protective suit and a chemical mask with a FFP3 class filter.
We believe that the situation shall be brought under control as soon as possible and everything shall return to normal again. But we are also ready to shut down production for some time.
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