27th March 2020
To you, our valued employee
You would have to be living in a hole not to realise the tremendous impact the Coronavirus is having throughout the world. Many governments have ordered restrictions of varying types to contain the virus, including our Federal Government.
The situation we face is as about as complex as it can get, and is a very confusing time for all of us.
Many weeks ago I joined with a team of our most senior people to try and take the confusion out of the possibility of a shut-down in Australia, where businesses like ours have to close the doors and not do any work for a period of time.
The vast majority of you would have had tool-box meetings that help explain the these two documents (COVID-19 Financial Support Guide and Explaining Impact of a Shutdown). This post is to ensure that everybody in the Group has been communicated to. If a shut-down does occur, please come to this page or one of the following pages for the latest company updates: staff.bradnams.com.au or facebook.com/bradnams.
I urge you to ask as many questions of your manager as required to make you as comfortable as possible about a potential shut-down.
Bill and Jan built this business on two driving factors – passion for the business and passion for their people. I have spoken to both Bill and Jan several times; they will do whatever it takes to get the business through this difficult time.
For you personally, everybody copes differently in really stressful times. Not everybody copes well or has someone to talk to. The Group has an employee access programme (EAP) and has so for well over a decade. If you make contact with an EAP employee, everything you discuss is confidential; nobody is privy to even knowing you have made contact.
If you are at all anxious, a call is nothing to be concerned about; I recommend you do so.
The flyer for this access programme can be downloaded here.
A very old proverb states “this too shall pass”. A vaccine will be released in 2021. All advanced countries, of which we are one, have collectively committed trillions of dollars to help repair economies, this money will make a real difference in the next twelve months.
It may be that in three to five years’ time, we are not talking about this pandemic and that many countries have recovered and optimism fills the air.
For now, stay safe and keep talking to your manager should you not be sure of the road ahead.