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Timely post thank you Asif
Our biggest concern will be with the supply chain for materials needed for projects. Even if the supppliers are US based, most products contain parts or components from other countries harder hit by the virus. Employee education on exposure precautions and the impact on the organization from community exposure are also in order. Would also be a good time to dust off contingencies for working remotely if you are not use to doing business in that manner.
I'm interviewing at a larger company tomorrow and was sent a COVID-19 screening form that I have to fill out to get past security. I'm guessing the company is limiting the number of visitors which makes sense to me.
I have way more change getting sick and dropping dead from the flu. Yet people turn up to projects every flu season.
We are now seeing customers restrict access to of non-essential personnel to their operation and deferring any non-mission critical work or repairs. This is now delay project work for numerous project. Remote repairs and installation work is coming to the forefront.
Just an update from my own home country.
All primary and secondary schools are closed for two weeks to give time to Health Official to assess the ongoing and rapidly changing situation.
All Saint Patrick's days parades around the country have been cancelled.
Most people, where possible, are being encouraged to work from home and avoid unnecessary contact with other people.
Other large public gathering such as sport events have been cancelled and postponed until further dates.
The Department of Health is encouraging people to proper sanitize hands when entering public buildings.
Most people are stocking up on food and essentials and some stores are running short of some supplies as deliverys from other parts of the country and continent are being affected by COVID-19.
As a country at the edge of Europe surrounded by a natural border of the Irish sea, is is a little worrying that the situation has escalated to such a unthinkable situation but Government Officials are acting responsibly as the situation develops.
My teams are now significantly impacted not by the virus itself, but by the widespread measures taken to try to contain it. Schools in the area are closing for long durations, which means team members have to work from home whenever possible. We're also seeing more and more travel restrictions, which could either hamper progress or, potentially, force project members to use the video conferencing software we already have instead of globe-trotting.
I continue to draw a distinction between the disease itself and the response to the disease. I don't have sick project members and schools don't have sick students, but organizations are taking drastic steps to reduce potential liability should the disease spread through their populations.
As a project manager, I continue to question whether the response is proportional to the threat (rate of infection x impact of infection). I'm not a doctor, but there seems to be relatively little fear of death or disability. Oddly enough, most people seem to be more afraid that we'll run out of toilet paper.
Great topic. Thanks Asif!
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