Coronavirus Response Plan
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03.13.2020 - Effective today (March 13th, 2020) we are moving to response level CAUTION. This means if you are able to work from home, we strongly encourage you to do so. This “social distancing” strategy limits exposure both for you and also team members who must be at our facility to perform their role. Please limit meetings in our facility with others from outside of our team. We will continue to allow customer pickups for now but may issue new instructions soon for where/how customers pick up their orders. Any business travel must now be pre-approved by your manager.
More importantly, we urge you to think carefully before attending public gatherings or visiting places outside of your home. Your risks of exposure to the coronavirus are dramatically greater in those circumstances than coming to CablesAndKits with a limited and known group of trusted colleagues. When you exercise prudence about where you personally go, you are also expressing love and concern for your family, friends, and colleagues with whom you interact every day.
NOTE: If it will enhance your work-from-home productivity, we will allow you to temporarily take home your monitors, docking station, keyboard, and mouse. If you elect to do so, please inform your manager and Cris Anzai, who is responsible for logging any IT assets removed from our facility.
03.12.2020 - We've elevated our plan level from "Normal" to "Caution"
The coronavirus outbreak is something uncommon in our life experience. Many unknowns still surround it. We must remain vigilant to new findings while continuously seeking to sift facts from opinions. The facts are few and often quiet while the opinions are many and usually loud.
This situation presents an unusual opportunity to model for others how to respond when life’s journey presents you a big and potentially scary. In the midst of this uncertainty, our response is influenced by our core values. We choose to approach this situation not in a spirit of fear but in a spirit of love and self-control. Relationships matter to us; so we strive to act in ways that display our love and care for others. We will exercise prudence and not react in panic. As always, we encourage you to share your questions and concerns.
- Normal -- Office is open to employees, customer pickups, and vendor visits; Normal work-from-home options available.
- Caution -- Confirmed coronavirus cases in Gwinnett and adjacent counties. Team members who have the ability to work from home are strongly encouraged to do so. Meetings in our facility with those outside of our immediate team are discouraged. Use our Office 365 apps (including Teams) to communicate and conduct meetings. Team members are encouraged to avoid public gatherings for personal reasons as well. Business travel by permission only.
- Restricted -- Confirmed coronavirus cases in our network of contacts. [Customer pickups will follow special instructions to be developed]. No onsite meetings with individuals outside of our own team. Team members who have the ability to work from home MUST do so. Only employees essential to filling orders allowed to come to the CK facility. Business travel not allowed.
- We are presently operating under the "Cautious" plan level. Team members who have the ability to work from home are strongly encouraged to do so. Meetings in our facility with those outside of our immediate team are discouraged. Use our Office 365 apps (including Teams) to communicate and conduct meetings. Team members are encouraged to avoid public gatherings for personal reasons as well. Business travel by permission only. Last Updated 03.12.2020 at 6:02 PM.
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
- Monitoring communications from public health authorities for updates and directives related to the local situation
- If our plan level escalates to Caution or Restricted, we will conduct daily cleaning of shared spaces/surfaces using cleaning agents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Seeking at least weekly updates from shipping carriers (UPS and FedEx) on their availability and plan; these inquiries may get elevated to daily if conditions significantly worsen.
- Fortunately, experiences in other countries suggest that power outages are highly unlikely. If there is an extended power outage at our Buford facility, be aware that it will affect your ability to access Matrix both in the facility and working remotely.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
- If you or a family member have symptoms of acute respiratory illness (notably fevers and/or shortness of breath), stay home and do not come to work until everyone in your household is free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using a thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Notify your manager if you stay home.
- Normal PTO policies will apply if you are sick and cannot work. If you run out of PTO, we may be able to provide assistance from the benevolence fund we've established to assist team members in financial difficulty.
- If you have been sick with acute respiratory illness, we will not require a healthcare provider's note to return to work, but you must have been free of fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (such as cough suppressants).
- We may separate you from other team members and even insist that you return home if you appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day.
- Check this webpage daily for updates when you are away from the office.
- We may also communicate via the text chain we use for inclement weather situations.
- To learn more protecting yourself and your family visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
RECOMMENDED HYGIENE ACTIONS:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Please cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is more effective that most hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes. We will have plenty of soap on site for washing hands.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your own workspace and home (desktops, countertops, doorknobs, faucets, desks, light switches, cell phones, remote controls, etc.). We will provide supplies to perform this cleaning at work
PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT TERMS YOU MAY HEAR:
Here are some key public health management terms to be familiar with that you may hear now or in the coming weeks in local, state or federal communications – or in the media.
- Social distancing - a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Schools and other gathering places such as movie theaters may close, and sports events and religious services may be cancelled.
- Quarantine - separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted an infectious disease.
- Isolation - prevents the spread of an infectious disease by separating people who are sick from those who are not. It lasts as long as the disease is contagious.