The Government has sent a clear message that it requires all businesses and workplaces to advise their employees to work at home, wherever possible.
In order to manage the risks to our staff, clients and supply chain arising from Coronavirus, our contingency plan has been implemented. As a result, McCann and Partners have taken the following actions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus:
We are following Government Guidelines and have instructed staff to work from home via Virtual office environments;
As a result of the above advice, we are continuing to work fully from home;
We are maintaining regular contact with our staff, clients and colleagues to ensure projects are developing as previously but virtually to maintain the safety of our staff and that of all project stakeholders;
All meetings are being conducted via Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Skype, virtual facilities are available for all staff as required;
Our office telephone facilities ensure all calls are diverted to the relevant member of staff as appropriate;
All staff will be stopping external events including site visits as these are not deemed as essential;
If any of our team is confirmed as contracting Covid-19 we will update clients immediately and ensure systems are in place to ensure alternative members step in to assist project duties. We aim to minimise disruption to projects by redistributing work appropriately as soon as we can.
We understand the above may provide issues with certain aspects of our role particularly site visits, but ask you consider the below:
Site inspections are not deemed as essential and could not justify staff leaving their homes given the current Government advice;
Contractors still working on sites will have relevant documented quality control systems in place which can readily be shared remotely with our individual team members for review and comment;
Commissioning results can be shared remotely and reviewed against design parameters allowing us to highlight any deficiencies;
It is worth considering during witness commissioning, and the locality of checking instrumentation in close proximity to the commissioning engineers contravenes Governments guidance associated with Social Distancing and as such should not take place;
Travel to and from sites in any form would also not be considered as essential travel or daily exercise, therefore again not deemed as essential;
The above should not present any project handover obligations, subject to outstanding defects being inspected post pandemic.
We have wherever possible provided alternative means to conduct a business as normal service, where inspections are required, these will be enhanced when the Coronavirus limitations are lifted to ensure your individual sites are handed over with the quality you would normally expect from McCann and Partners and the project delivery team.
We know we can rely on your support in these challenging times, and I am confident that together, we will emerge from this a stronger and more resilient industry. If there are any amendments to the above, rest assured we will inform you appropriately.
If you have any queries relating to the above please feel free to contact me either by email (email@example.com) or by phone (07786076033).