Monday Message 3/23/20

Dear all – 

It is Monday and we are still open for business! 

This weekend, I went for a 10.65 mile run.  I wished I could say I crushed it – I felt a little crushed trying to get out of the truck.  Still, I am walking and it felt really good to go explore the foothills and enjoy the sunshine. Life continues on. 

I wanted to share my priorities as we go through the ongoing COVID-19 virus crisis.

Priorities

  1. Safety – Planning around COVID-19 as a workplace reality
  2. Communication – Finding ways to be transparent and keep many communication channels between all staff. Ie. our Microsoft Teams initiative. This is key to safety as well.
  3. Conserve cash – Greg and myself will take a 25% pay cut immediately; the fab team is going to a flexible mix of work time and PTO/sick team to maximize work without layoffs. 
  4. Continuing to Build value for our customers – Finding new ways to serve our customers and our community

Systems

If you haven’t already done so, please download the MS Teams for your laptop/phone – available in iOS/Android.  You will see a Sloan Team with several channels already populated.  In one tab, you will also see a place to report needs.  If you know of anyone that needs anything related to COVID-19, please list it there.  This is what you should see (your screen will differ somewhat).  There will also be a link to the www.SloanSG.com/updates page in the tab at the top.

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You will use your Office365 credentials to log in the first time. 

Watercooler

Given how key IT systems are to our company and working off-line – please reach out to Cameron on Sloan Team/IT Questions.  He will host a daily 3pm call for anyone needing additional support.  

If you are interested, I will be hosting daily 4pm – 5pm watercooler talks on Sloan Team/Watercooler. More info will be forthcoming from Samm.  Everyone is welcome!

Social Distancing

Post your “social distancing” photos in Sloan Team/Watercooler.  This is our weekend backyard bonfire as Viviane will need to go soon back to Italy.

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Wisdom

Needless to say, there has been a lot of stress recently.  In the course of two weeks, we have completely changed how we do business. Not to mention the family stress of unknowns, toilet paper hoarding, health concerns, social isolation, etc. 

Viktor Frankl’s book “Man’s Search for Meaning” talks about how to persevere in even the darkest times that he endured in the concentration camps.  As people died around him as they built a building with nothing but their hands, he worked with a friend to make sure they came up with one humorous story each day. 

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

At the end of the day, we choose how we will respond.  Let’s respond well. 

In the meantime, Sloan is working to keep business moving forward.  Thank you to everyone for your continued focus on work, effective communication, and caring for your teammates, our communities and our clients. We will get through this.

Our values got us here. They will carry us through this too.

Have a safe day! 

Brice

Brice Sloan

CEO & Co-Founder               

Sloan Companies