I have never witnessed such a rapidly evolving situation. Over a matter of months, the world as we know it has changed. The threat of the COVID-19 virus has been compared to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which infected a large percentage of the population. Although the true impact of the virus is unknown, in this time of uncertainty we should acknowledge that each country, business and individual have a social responsibility to the planet. Close to our hearts at SYSPRO is the need to protect our loved ones, our families, our colleagues, partners and customers.
As this unprecedented situation continues to develop, my thoughts also go out to anyone who has been impacted by COVID-19. The surreal situation also significantly impacts the manufacturing and distribution sectors, which functions as the backbone of all societies.
I wanted to reach out to you all to tell you about how we recognize the importance of acting swiftly and responsibly to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and how the health and well-being of everyone within our extended community is paramount. Quite simply, without our employees, partners, and customers we would not survive.
With that, SYSPRO has undertaken a concerted effort to secure our business environment for our employees and customers. To achieve the best results, we have been guided by the World Health Organization (WHO) international best practice directives. As Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, stated, “we are at a critical point in the global response to COVID-19 and we need everyone to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe.” Here are some of the protocols that we have established within the SYSPRO USA office. As you know, the ever-evolving situation requires these protocols to be adaptable, based on the circumstances at hand.
As of Friday, March 20, 2020, all SYSPRO USA employees are required to work from home. By being vigilant, and implementing solutions to ensure ongoing communication, we will maintain day-to-day business operations in a safe and protected environment. It is business as usual at SYSPRO USA, and in order to assure continuity, all employees will have video conferencing and internet access while working from home.
Throughout this transition, we are committed to providing the same level of support and engagement to our customers and partners.
In addition to supplying hand sanitizers within our premises, we will also be instituting deep cleaning practices.
Attendance of conferences and events have been postponed and we will restrict domestic business travel, as well as suspend all international business travel until further notice. We will be working closely with any customers and partners to evaluate each individual situation where travel by our team is required.
I am very concerned about the well-being of everyone in the SYSPRO community, and rest assured we will do our very best to comply and exceed government directives – depending on where our offices are located. I do truly believe that through unity and collective responsibility we will overcome this global pandemic.