International caterer Compass Group has developed a 95-page 'Playbook' to help its clients and management to achieve highest possible standards of safety when re-opening corporate and industrial sites, Chris Chidley, managing director, Compass Group Ireland said yesterday.
He was contributing to a webinar on ‘𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁’ hosted by the company.
He told moderator Richard Curran that the group has learned from Covid 19 experiences in many markets, including China the UK and Italy.’ It had retained key managers by topping up their Covid payments and had maintained communication with staff.
‘People might be nervous about returning to the office and our commitment is to ensure that when they do, they will be safe and have a pleasant experience. Employers, he said, should take note about how employees feel during Covid, and act accordingly.
He said that Compass is operating at around 35% business capacity in Ireland and it is unlikely that it will achieve 100% capacity ‘for some time’.
Des Mahon, Managing Director, Authenticate, an industry expert in procurement and contract management, said that post-Covid 19, industrial and commercial workplaces will require additional cleaning and safety protocols and this will add costs to clients. FM providers should ‘be available’ to clients in overcoming new challenges. ‘Providers and clients will have a greater insight into each other’s businesses’, he said.
Grace O’Shaughnessy, managing director of Java Republic said that the company is currently fully operational and is working with clients to introduce new staff and customer safety systems.