Keeping safe for you
07th July 2020
I hope all our clients and colleagues have managed to stay safe and well during this unprecedented period.
With the Government’s significant easing of restrictions it is clear that the focus has now very much shifted towards planning and implementing strategies to ensure we are all prepared for the “new normal”.
Of course that’s not to say that anyone is in denial about the difficult circumstances that continue to prevail or the potential re-imposition of an increased lockdown but many businesses are now looking forward rather than just dealing with the here and now and we are no different.
Our fantastic people have adapted incredibly well to such an unexpected and prolonged period away from the office-based environment that we were all so used to. They are still working mainly from home keeping themselves safe, using technology that has proved incredibly resilient and delivering the same full range of services to the same high standards as before but in new ways. We have all become accustomed to virtual meetings via Teams/Zoom and several other platforms that have enabled face-to-face communication in ways probably not thought about 4 months ago. We will continue to use those platforms and although we are working towards an increased use of our offices we will still be encouraging our people to work from home wherever possible to help keep them safe, reduce the effect on the planet of unnecessary travel, and help keep our clients safe by reducing the volume of physical meetings.
Preparing for our “new normal”
However, part of our new normal will involve a staged and flexible move back to a more office-based way of working and our plans are very well advanced. It is clear that there is a growing desire both from some of our people and some of our clients to use our three offices more widely than we are currently, but in doing that it is essential we only do so in a way that safeguards the health and well-being of everyone that works in the Firm and our visitors.
We have carried out an extensive survey of our people to help us understand their concerns and garner their suggestions about returning more to the workplace. We have also shared with them our draft return to work guidance and the associated risk assessments, and are now in the process of finalising those helped by the comments we have received from them. We are taking a cautious, safety first approach to using our offices, involving enhanced cleaning regimes, reminders on safe behaviour and directional and spatial awareness signage. We will be issuing guidance for visitors to our buildings nearer their opening and we look forward to welcoming you back to a safe and secure environment when the time is right. For the time being, all three offices remain closed to visitors unless there are exceptional circumstances, and meetings will continue to be conducted remotely.
Respecting your plans
As you look to the future too we appreciate that you will also be putting your own plans in place. Please share those with us so we are aware of your requirements and can comply with them.
Keeping you up to date
We will continue to publish updates on our approach to dealing with the Covid-19 crisis on our website www.wardhadaway.com. where you will also find all of our Covid-19 and “Getting Back to Business” related briefings and commentary.