Good morning everyone, as I write this it is still morning, it will likely be this afternoon by the time I finish.
Virus update. Today, I am not going to give you an update, I want you all to focus on keeping yourselves healthy and if you feel ill at all, stay home, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and treat your symptoms, Tylenol for a fever, gargle with salt water if you have a sore throat et cetera. The same steps you would take if you had a cold or mild flu.
As you all know, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-12 generally requiring all non-essential businesses to close, and requiring anyone who can work from home do so, and anyone who cannot work from home needs to stay at least 6 feet away from anyone else, fellow employee or customer. In compliance with that order, I need to notify all of you of the following provisions.
In accordance with paragraph 6 of the EO, you are notified that Ed Morgan has been designated as the officer to establish, implement, and enforce our company social distancing policies.
Guaranty RV and Guaranty Chevrolet establishes the following social distancing policies effective immediately.
• All employees are required to maintain a distance of not less than 6 feet from every other employee and every customer who is on our property. This applies to work duties, break times and meal times.
• All customers are required to maintain a distance of not less than 6 feet from every other non-related customer and each of our employees
• All doors to sales areas will remain locked during the business day and only one salesperson will be allowed at the front door at a time.
• All incoming shipments of RVs’ will be quarantined for a period of not less than 72 hours before being opened
• Each department manager is designated as a responsible person to enforce our social distancing policy and has the authority to ask any non-complying employee or customer to leave our premises.
• Employees are not allowed to use company time or company vehicles for any non-work or non-essential activities during the normal work day.
Ok, what else. Well still very up in the air. We spent yesterday trying to interpret the Governor’s Executive Order, I think we are pretty much up to speed with what we need to do. We are still sending as many people to work from home as possible, our next group looks to be Libby Posey, Dawn Scott, Renee LeSage and a few service clerks, either Austin or Lisa, and perhaps Tharon. Dawn and Renee will be at the dealership from about 8 to 10 in the morning. Darlene Stafford will be here all day. So far I am not seeing a lot of breakdowns in communication, so great job on all that to all of you. Every day makes me more proud to work alongside you, your humor and resilience and attitude just keep me inspired. If any of you are having problems and don’t know where to turn, reach out to HR. Even though they are home, they are all on the job and answering phones. They all have access to our computer system and are ready to help. In fact everyone who has been sent home can be contacted for whatever you usually need them for. Remember, take social distance seriously, if someone from the government finds us in violation of this policy, we will be forced to close our doors and nobody wants that.
Lastly, I want to find out how you all are doing. I try to ask as much as I am able, and I try to be just as available as I can be and I don’t want any of you thinking you are alone. I have at various times through this past number of weeks been afraid, depressed, actually ill (from what I don’t know), defiant, angry and rebellious. I sometimes say to myself, let’s just get this over with. Then I come to my senses and realize, that I just need to keep going on, every day and the longer it goes on, the less time remains in the condition we find ourselves in. As we are asked to do these very hard things, every day gets just a bit easier, sometimes not by a lot, but little by little. At times like these, I am reminded of my time in the Army, I was a hick kid from Vale, Oregon, plopped on to the first plane ride in his life, hauled across the country to Fort Jackson, South Carolina and dropped off surrounded by strangers, no way to call home. I remember after finally getting to boot camp and thinking about all the things I needed to do to graduate and thinking it would be impossible. Then I realized that almost 6 million people some more some less able than me had all made this same journey and I knew then I would find my way. We will find our way as well.