MAY 8TH, 2020
While COVID-19 may be far from over it is certain that we are entering a new phase that has an air of optimism. The country is slowly beginning to open for business, and we are proud to be working with our customers to assist in planning and implementing reopening in the safest way possible. Our services will continue to be fundamental during this time, and we will need to work together to stand up customers that may have scaled back services just months ago.
This week I am happy to report that we have an increasing number of employees across the country who have successfully recovered from COVID-19 and are reintegrating back into our teams. Many have been missed by colleagues and customers, and we welcome them back with a solid elbow bump, which may not be as emotional as a hug, but it has even greater meaning now!
Launch of Return to Work Assurance Program
As states begin to prepare to return to a new way of operating during the pandemic, organizations must consider how to ensure the safety of their employees and the public at large. Yesterday G4S announced the Return to Work Assurance program, a new, comprehensive solution set developed to assist organizations with security planning and implementation as they consider the reopening process during COVID-19. Based on the G4S Security Risk Management Model, the program will include comprehensive, integrated security solutions for compliance. We released the first featured solution, Temperature Solutions, yesterday as well.
There are a number of new marketing materials available about the program. If you have access to our internal systems please review the Sales and Marketing Site for more information, including brochures, battlecards, promotional materials and the press release. Other team members, please review the new Website section for more information. Stay tuned for additional details in the days and weeks ahead.
Across the country, G4S employees are stepping up in the face of COVID-19. Here are a few of their stories and what they are doing to help others in this time:
Valentyn Misostov, Global Account Manager, and the management team at the Workday account in the San Francisco office have helped increase employee morale by arranging free food deliveries to the team. COVID-19 has shut down the site and discontinued the location's cafeteria, but with the customer’s help the team organized meal delivery for the site’s officers twice a week on all three shifts.
The G4S staff at Florida Medical Center received praise from hospital management and staff for their support during COVID-19. Day and nighttime officers are appreciated for their work ethic, positive attitudes and willingness to go the extra mile for staff, patients and visitors despite difficult circumstances.
As you may have seen in John Kenning’s communication this week, due to the impact of COVID-19, we will be putting a temporary hold on the Javelin program that was under way in Secure Solutions. The hold will begin on May 31. We expect Phase 1 of Javelin finance to be available in February 2021 and the complete platform — including finance, operations and human resources — to be available by November 2021.
Educational Resources for Parents
For parents who may be in need of additional resources for their children while they are learning from home, our team has produced some new resources for you this week:
Virtual Field Trips:
San Diego Zoo: Pay a virtual visit to one of the best zoos in the country with live camera views of apes, giraffes, tigers, penguins and more.
Virtual Farm Tours: Presented by the American Dairy Association, choose from several 45-minute videos that teach children from kindergarten to high school about life on the farm.
Project Gutenberg: A library of more than 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
Prodigy: With Prodigy, math homework is disguised as a video-game. Loved by more than 1 million teachers and 50 million students around the world, kids have fun and get rewards by correctly answering skill-building math questions.
Dance Mat Typing: A fun way to learn touch typing in four stages, building on previous lessons and introducing new letters as you progress. At the end of each level, kids can test their typing speed and get a fun reward.
Thank you for your efforts to help stop the spread of this virus and for working with our customers during this challenging time. Please share the stories of the great work our teams deliver during COVID-19 here. Despite the difficulty of this situation, the hard work our team continues to put forth shows the strength of our company and the importance of our industry in times like these.
Sincerely, and with a virtual elbow bump,
G4S Secure Solutions (USA)