The executive team continues to discuss the potential impact that the Coronavirus may have on our employees, customers, and business in general and what we can do to mitigate the risks. The virus is having a significant impact on two fronts: concerns of general health and well-being, and now clearly, its growing negative effect on the economy. Our company has been through many economic cycles over our forty years in business. We are as well prepared to weather the economic storm as we have ever been.
On the health front, we are certainly navigating new waters. It should go without saying that looking out for the wellbeing of our employees and their families is the top priority. In an effort for us to move forward together as a team, and to provide some guidance, please review the following.
Employees who are sick should stay at home. Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay at home and not come to work until they are free of fever, signs of fever, and any other symptoms for 24 hours. Employees who need time off and don’t have sick or vacation days available, please speak with your manager.
For anyone on our health insurance plan, testing for the Coronavirus will be covered 100%. Additionally, for any employees who do not have insurance coverage through us, their spouse, or some other alternative, please speak with your manager and he will give you guidance and/or resources.
In addition to the CDC recommendations to frequently wash your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with regular cleaning spray. We specifically suggest the following:
Our priority is to focus on the health and well-being of our employees as we serve our customers as best and creatively as possible. We are confident in each of you and thank you for your cooperation to keep each other safe through these unique circumstances. Please communicate any hardship you have as we are one team and we want to support one another.
The Ruppert Landscape Executive Team