A message on the possible impact of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) from the partners of getsix®
18 March 2020
18 March 2020
Dear Colleagues, valued Clients and Friends,
Given the unprecedented situation regarding COVID-19 and the global pandemic recently announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the getsix® partners wanted to take a moment to say a few words.
Due to this threat, which is continuing to grow, please be assured that the health and well-being of our colleagues, clients, networks and their families are of the utmost importance to the getsix® partners. In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to monitor and follow guidance from government and health authorities both in Poland and Germany, and the wider EU. Based on factual information we will make any changes necessary to ensure the safety and health of our colleagues. And ensure that our clients will have uninterrupted access to the usual first-class getsix® experience, as well as access to our team of dedicated employees.
We of course have been proactively communicating to our colleagues about common-sense hygiene practices to try and halt the best we can the spread of this virus. This is a very challenging time and our aim is to keep giving our clients the ability to access all our services. Currently we have allowed colleagues affected by childcare and educational institute closures to work from home, so that their family environment is safe and looked after.
Across our communities we will be facing unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, in particular around the availability of goods and services. We are committed to remaining open for business for as long as it is safe to do so. On a daily basis we will take continued steps to ensure that you continue to feel safe and looked after. Now, more than ever we need to stay calm, be resourceful, and do what we do best: focus on supporting each other, meeting the changing needs of our colleagues, and on serving our clients.
If an outbreak results in office closures in any of our offices, please be assured we have a ‘Business Contingency Plan’ at the ready that will enable getsix® to keep providing you with uninterrupted service. Due to our best in class IT infrastructure, we provide the tools which allow all getsix® team members to work remotely and effectively, with high level and ISO accredited security. This will allow our colleagues to be responsive to your business requirements throughout any potential office closures or quarantine.
We would like to inform you, that for reasons beyond our control, which consists in the suspension of air transport and the postponement of sending foreign shipments through the Polish Post Office. Unfortunately, we are going into ‘emergency mode’ and we kindly ask you to send your documents as scans via e-mail. For the time being please suspend sending the originals until the normal service of courier companies and the Polish Post Office is restored. During this time, we will work with the scans made available to us in order to protect our client’s interest and fulfil the obligations imposed by the authorities. Until then, please secure the originals at your company against destruction or loss, and please note that failure to deliver the originals at a later date, may affect your tax return.
As we continually monitor the situation, be rest assured that we will provide updates when we feel necessary through email, or our social media accounts and websites. We will ensure the best available information relating to any changes to working conditions or services. We would like to recommend our colleagues and clients to follow the guidance of the CDC www.cdc.gov, World Health Organisation (WHO) www.who.int and possibly www.gov.uk.
We know this will pass in its own good time, however we do require to be attentive to lessen the impact. We very much appreciate your continue support and the trust you place in us.
Stay safe, stay well, and take care.
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