How We’re Reacting to COVID-19 at Mypower
Here at Mypower, we have been thinking very seriously about how we should be reacting to the coronavirus pandemic that we are seeing across the world at the moment. Of course, it is imperative that we are taking sensible precautions to ensure all of our staff and our customers’ safety, but we also want our response to be measured and effective.
Coronavirus Government Advice
The government has made it very clear that businesses should be trying to stay open if at all possible. They have stated that “With the exception of the organisations covered above in the section on closing certain businesses and venues, the government has not required any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on.” *
What We’re Doing at Mypower
As we are not classified as a business that must close, we are pleased to advise you that we are staying open – but with some new changes in place.
- As per the government advice, all of our office staff are already working from home (with the exception of Ben Harrison, our Managing Director – who is on his own in the office for operational reasons)
- Our installers are continuing to work, but with the following processes in place:
- They are travelling in separate vehicles
- They are mainly working outside and on roofs
- They are wearing gloves
- They are adhering to social distancing recommendations – staying at least 2m apart from each other
- They have handwashing facilities, hand sanitiser, and hand spray
- They are not interacting closely with others – work colleagues or customers
We are also very much aware of the financial implications of COVID-19, both on our business and the country. We have decided that, instead of furloughing our staff and paying them through the government’s Employee Retention Scheme, which will cost the country around £20,000 per month, we will continue to stay open, pay our own staff, and also put approximately £7,500 per month into the government pot via tax and National Insurance.
Here at Mypower, we have taken the view that we want to be as small a burden on the government – and the country – at this time as we can be, and as long as we are able to stay open safely, we will do so.
This will help to ensure that our high-quality and experienced team of installers and office staff will earn the money to pay their bills and help the economy, as well as secure their jobs in the future and stay as safe as possible.
You can read the government guidelines here.*