Weekly Message 3/13/2020

Dear all –

As a part of our commitment to your safety and a collaborative and flexible/high performance workplace, I wanted to provide you an update regarding Sloan’s policies and practices towards COVID-19.

We will do our best to get up-to-date information to you on our response to COVID-19. However, this situation is rapidly changing, and I want to encourage you to voice concerns or ideas or any questions you might have! Open communication is essential to our effective response and your safety.

I also want to emphasize that we are going into this issue with the strongest team, customer-base and balance sheet we have ever had, and we are going to come out of this stronger than ever before with more robust web-based platforms and processes.

Hand Washing
You will see there is a sign at each door in our building asking visitors and employees to wash their hands upon coming in the office. Hand washing will enable us to conserve our hand sanitizer. Please make sure that you are regularly washing your hands and sanitizing at all times. We know that can be difficult to remember while traveling but sometimes the simplest habits can help in the long run.

We know that due to the unique nature of our work sometimes we ask that you travel. For the time being there should be only essential travel to projects. Your supervisor will communicate with you regarding upcoming travel plans and work from home status. Most travel has been canceled. If it all possible, we will emphasize using a vehicle to get to your destination, rather than an airplane. Some more travel guidelines from the CDC are below.

Work from Home
If they haven’t already, your supervisor should communicate with you regarding work from home status. We have long invested in web-based tools and computer hardware. This will enable us to continue to serve customers, while limiting virus exposures. Heads up: As a company we are going to be using Microsoft Teams/Sharepoint more towards more effective online collaboration spaces.

Sick Pay
If you are sick, please stay home. We have long had sick pay as a benefit. It benefits the company by allowing us to limit virus spreads.

Here is some additional advice below from the CDC



Things to consider before travel:

Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded settings, particularly closed-in settings with little air circulation, if there are people in the crowd who are sick. This may include settings such as conferences, public events (like concerts and sporting events), religious gatherings, public spaces (like movie theatres and shopping malls), and public transportation (like buses, metro, trains).

Are you or your travel companion(s) at higher risk of severe illness if you do get COVID-19?
People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complications avoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.

Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19?
If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.

Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?
If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or have severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you do decide to travel, be sure to practice precautions to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during travel. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page.