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Coronavirus – Utilize & Ignite Business ContinuityUpdated: Monday, June 15th, 2020

Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020

Author: Guy Hocking

Pandemic Return to Office Plan

An update to our clients regarding Coronavirus.

At Utilize and Ignite, the health and safety of our employees and clients is our top priority. Like all businesses, we continue to closely monitor all updates and guidelines relating to coronavirus (COVID-19). We wanted to provide you with an update on the actions we are taking in response to it and reassure you that we continue to have a clear action plan in place.

Primarily this plan is designed to help us mitigate the effects the pandemic may have on our employees and their families, whilst simultaneously allowing the continuation of operations that support essential functions and services to our clients.

Our plan is designed to keep all our employees up to date with the latest company, Government and global advice, guidelines, and hygiene etiquette.

What we are doing

On 15th June, the first phase of the return to our head office takes effect. Risk assessment procedures are in place to evaluate all returning staff members and staff required to visit client sites.

We have implemented strict social distancing and hygiene protocols throughout our head office to ensure our staff remain safe and protected.

These measures include:

    • Optional return of staff to head office staged over 4 phases to encourage flexibility
    • Reduced on-site staff capacity to ensure 2-metre social distancing is enforced and maintained
    • Risk assessments for all returning staff to offices and customer sites
    • Implementation of policies to reduce exposure and increase safety for all office / onsite staff
    • Regular communications plan and installation of on-site signage to ensure social distancing and hygiene protocols are clearly communicated and understood
    • Increased daytime cleaning scope to sanitise all high-frequency touchpoints
    • Ensuring sufficient stock levels of soap, soap dispensers and our hand sanitiser dispensers remain filled

For remaining Utilize and Ignite staff all remote working policies implemented and detailed on 16th March remain in place.

Further Updates:

From 16th March 2020, the following precautionary actions have taken effect:

In connection with guidance provided by global health authorities; already in place since 4th March 2020, our remote access plan has been extended. On 16th March 2020, we officially implemented remote working protocols for all staff and closed all Utilize and Ignite offices until further notice. To ensure our communications remain consistent and continued we have:

  • Implemented Microsoft Teams and daily video meetings/huddles across all departments
  • Rolled out a regular communications plan from our leadership team to keep all employees and clients updated

Further to this, we have strengthened the steps taken on 4th March 2020 to ensure our operations and support obligations will continue.

These actions are subject to change as we continue to evaluate risks worldwide.

at the close of business 16th March 2020

  • All remote working policies implemented and detailed on 4th March remain in place, but now all Utilize and Ignite staff will be working remotely effective 16th March
  • All Utilize and Ignite offices are officially closed
  • Despite the above measures, all business units remain fully operational and there is no current restriction on services delivered
  • All staff and supplier meetings/events to take place virtually/via Microsoft Teams or be rescheduled
  • All client meetings are recommended to take place virtually/via Microsoft Teams wherever possible
  • We continue to work with clients requiring site visits as to their policies and procedures and will evaluate these and take action on a case by case basis
  • All scheduled client project visits will, therefore, continue unless there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the client business and/or poses a significant risk to Utilize/Ignite employees during the visit or unless we hear otherwise

at the close of business 12th March 2020

  • All remote working policies implemented and detailed on 4th March remain in place with a section (not all) of our support team/s working in isolation away from our office until further notice
  • All staff and supplier meetings/events must take place remotely/via Microsoft Teams or be rescheduled
  • All client meetings are recommended to take place remotely/via Microsoft Teams wherever possible
  • All client project visits will remain unaffected unless clients confirm otherwise and/or there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the client business and/or poses a significant risk to Utilize/Ignite employees contracting the virus during the visit
  • All Utilize/Ignite events, official staff gatherings, and team-building activities will be postponed until further notice
  • In the event of School Closures in the near future we have; implemented an extended “paid leave” policy for all staff working from home and who cannot gain adequate childcare

at the close of business on the 4th March 2020

  • All staff not permanently based at our Basildon or London offices, or those regularly travelling to and from client sites, are required to work remotely or from home until further notice
  • A section (not all) of our support team/s will work in isolation away from our office until further notice to limit risk to staff, to limit the potential spreading of any infection and to maintain continuity of service
  • All staff, supplier and client meetings are recommended take place remotely/via Microsoft Teams where possible

Our commitment to you

Throughout this time of escalated and heightened concern, Utilize and Ignite remain fully committed to the expert delivery of all services as normal.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or additional information you may require marketing@utilize.co.uk.

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