Updated June 2, 2021
Dear readers, clients and colleagues,
The health and safety of our staff, clients, readers and colleagues are paramount during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Our staff has been working remotely without issue from early March 2020, and our industry-leading content continues to be created and distributed. Like you, we continue to monitor the situation, and respond based on best-practices recommended by provincial, federal and international health authorities.
Here are some of the steps we have taken:
Travel and events: All business travel outside Canada remains cancelled. Travel within Canada will be exceptional and subject to health authority recommendations and regulations. Our own branded events have been postponed until further notice, replaced in many cases by virtual events using our proprietary platform. Internal meetings are all online.
Working options: As of March 2020, all non-printing and payroll work has been performed remotely, representing 95% of our workforce. Our solutions are cloud based, and most staff already had the process and communication tools to work remotely: That transition was swift and smooth. The remaining functions requiring an onsite presence at this point will are occasional and spread throughout the offices to facilitate effective social distancing. Offices remain closed to all non-essential staff and visitors.
Sanitization and hygiene: Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are widely available throughout our offices, and we have stepped up cleaning and sanitization efforts for the few remaining staff on site. We have encouraged best practices regarding distancing, hand washing and personal protection, widely recognized as the best way to slow the spread of coronavirus. Masks are mandatory at all times in our offices, except when behind closed doors alone. Ventilation has been increased in all locations.
Printing: Our printing operations have been split over two isolated shifts and re-configured to dramatically reduce density and cross-contamination. All touch points are sanitized between and during shifts, and break spaces spread out to drive social distancing well beyond 2 m. Masks are required at all times.
Future operations: Annex strongly believes that effective vaccination is a key to returning to some semblance of normal, and encourages all employees to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
We will continue to respond to this evolving situation with calm professionalism as required to ensure the safety of our employees, clients and partners. Agility has been a key Annex value for all of its 25+ years of existence. It will be key over the coming months.
We are committed to providing readers and clients with the same high level of content and marketing solutions they are used to receiving. We also have your own challenges top of mind throughout this crisis, and hope you can manage it with minimal disruption. We are here to help. Stay well.
Scott Jamieson, Chief Operating Officer