I hope all of you are doing well right now despite these very strange times. It’s easy to get lost in the panic and fear – both warranted emotions. Some of you are concerned about pre-existing conditions that may not interact well with this virus, in the still – at this moment – unlikely event that you are exposed to it. Some of you are concerned about your business and livelihood, and I sympathize with your worries. I share them with you.
Meeshka and I have reflected a lot on this moment. We have employees with conditions that do not do well with this virus, like asthma, and as employers we have a responsibility to keep our employees safe, which in turn keeps all of you in our community safer as well. We also have a job to do and we take that seriously too.
Your landscapes may be a place of refuge for you in the coming months, even more so than they have been in the past. We are thankful that we may be able to provide you with some joy despite these strange times.
We all have skills and talents to contribute during hard times, and we believe the best thing we can do for you is to continue to provide you with a beautiful landscape to spend time in and engage with. Our landscapes can be very healing and the perfect place to escape from the world around us. We just finished installing a beautiful landscape in Bremerton, and as I walked it with our clients, both of them had ear-to-ear smiles. As we admired our surroundings I mentioned how easy it was to forget about all the chaos and uncertainty of the moment, simply by being outside. For us, this is what it’s all about, and we intend on preserving that respite for you.
As a company, we have instituted very strict measures, to do our part in quelling this pandemic:
- Employees no longer enter our building to clock in. Clock in and out is done in an open air space that is sprayed down multiple times a day.
- Employees are required to use hand sanitizer before touching company property.
- Employees work with the same person each day, in an effort to minimize employee interaction.
- Equipment and trucks are wiped or sprayed down with Clorox at the end of each shift.
- Employees are instructed to wear disposable nitrile gloves when getting gas or taking lunch at gas stations.
- Employees are given hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves, Clorox wipes and hand wipes in every truck.
- Employees are to call Meeshka if they or a household member feel ill.
Both of us talk with our employees regularly about how to stay safe, and have gone over very detailed practices to protect them and their families, including: handwashing demonstrations, not touching surfaces or their faces, staying informed about the state of the pandemic so that they can change behavior accordingly, social distancing, coughing dos and don’ts, and more.
Rest assured that we take this event very seriously and are making responsible choices to keep us safe, our employees safe, our clients safe and our communities safe. We can’t control what’s happening “out there,” but we can control our practices and how we conduct our business.
If we can be of service to you, please give us a call at 360-697-3215. After all, we work outdoors and can absolutely work safely.
We wish you and your family good health.