Dealing with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Gateley

Insight & guidance

As the nature of the coronavirus’ impact evolves, this will present significant challenges to businesses. At the heart of a rapidly developing situation it can be hard to know what decisions to take in the best interests of the long-term survival and success of firms.

Despite the unprecedented challenges, it remains critical for directors and management teams to proactively plan to mitigate the risks to their staff, business and stakeholders. We have collected insight from across Gateley on the key legal and business issues as a result of COVID-19 and will be updating this guidance as the situation develops over the coming days, weeks and months.

You can view our latest guidance on the implications for people, money and trading by clicking the links at the top of the page or the buttons below:

Implications for people

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Implications for money

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Implications for trading

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What steps are we taking?

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues and the businesses that we work with is of paramount importance to Gateley. We are implementing appropriate measures to ensure that we can continue to deliver a high level of service whilst also providing a safe working environment for our people.

Operational continuity

We created an emergency response team of senior leaders to coordinate decision making and all communications. We have also appointed C-19 reps in every team in every location to cascade information both ways quickly and sensibly. Keeping everyone informed on what is happening given the rapidly changing situation is key.

In line with government advice, we have arranged for the majority of our workforce to work remotely until advised otherwise. IT arrangements are in place to ensure that colleagues can access systems from home without any interruption of service. We have redirected post to three core service hubs in Birmingham, Guildford and Manchester and have a skeleton staff working on-site to manage postal deliveries and other central functions. Staff working within there hubs are observing social distancing protocols.

Need help?

We are committed to supporting you during these challenging times, and should you need our help as this situation evolves please contact your usual Gateley contact or a member of our leadership team.

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Face to face meetings and events

Earlier in March we restricted travel between our 13 UK offices to minimise the spread of the virus. Since the introduction of remote working, all face-to-face meetings and events have been cancelled or postponed. We are using Microsoft Teams, video conferencing and telephone conferencing as an alternative to face-to-face meetings. 

Monitoring wellbeing

We have set up a COVID-19 dedicated email address so that colleagues can share confidential information on their health and wellbeing with our HR task force.

We are keeping a record of any colleagues who have self-isolated or if they have displayed any of the symptoms of fever and/ or a new persistent, dry cough.

We have also produced guidance for everyone working at home on how to make it work for them both practically and emotionally. We are very aware of the impact of such a stressful situation on the mental well-being of our team and will ensure regular communications to keep people connected.

Supporting leaders

In response to our changing world and to best support you to make sense of leading effectively in this new working environment and stay organisationally and emotionally healthy, our team at T-three have put together a series of virtual and online blended support packages.

We are committed to supporting you during these challenging times, and should you need our help as this situation evolves please complete the form below, contact your usual Gateley contact or contact a member of our leadership team.

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