For companies considered an essential business, one of the biggest issues leaders may face is how they keep operations running without putting their employees at risk from the coronavirus.
Obviously they have people working at home if they can. They tell them to stay home if they have any symptoms. They stagger breaks so everyone is not at the same lunch table at the same time.
Auxiliary equipment maker Davis-Standard LLC is going further, adding a second shift so fewer workers will be in plants at the same time, but still allowing the company to supply essential customers in the medical, food and pharmaceutical packaging industries.
"We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and manage operations to best serve you and the health and safety of our employees," President and CEO Jim Murphy said in an email sent to customers. "Our role as an 'essential business' is focused on supporting you as we ride out this crisis together in the best way possible."
Second shifts are now in place in Fulton, N.Y.; Union Bay, Wash.; and Mississauga, Ontario.