Keep you safe during this challenging time

By on 17 March 2020

Due to the escalating global concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) we felt it necessary to update you on Constructive’s position regarding this issue.

On 21st January 2020, China officially acknowledged that COVID-19 which can have flu or pneumonia-like symptoms, was spreading from human to human.  COVID-19 typically affects the upper respiratory tract and can range in severity from mild to severe. Risk of severe disease may be higher in people with weakened immune systems, such as older adults and people with chronic disease and pregnant women.

In order to assist with both reducing the potential exposure or infection to yourself and the greater community, we are implementing the following effective immediately:

  • Business will commence as usual however all interviews and meetings are to be conducted through video conference calls.
  • No meetings will commence in person at Constructive offices.
  • No physical touching eg. handshakes etc.
  • We have temporarily updated internal policies regarding flexible travel time and working from home for Constructive employees until further notice.

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, candidates and clients is always our number one priority and as such we provide you with the following advice:

  • Practice good hygiene – wash your hands often. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser only if water is not available. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene – cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, then dispose of used tissue immediately and wash hands with soap and water.
  • Maintain good hygiene in the office environment, bathroom and kitchen areas.
  • Clean computer equipment (keyboard, mouse, phone) and kitchen benches with disinfectant.
  • Avoid touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails etc) that may have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face. This includes handshakes between people and other close contact, maintain social distance of at least 1m between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. COVID-19 can survive for up to several days on.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and if you are feeling unwell and/or develop flu like symptoms (such as coughing, sore throat, fatigue, fever, shortness of breath), seek medical advice.
  • Self-isolate (WFH) or take leave, if you come into contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 for a minimum of 14 days after the last day you have been exposed.

You should also be aware and follow the below recent advice from the Australian government found at this link:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

We understand the pressures due to the COVID-19 situation, however our team members are all equipped with remote tools and resources to ensure there is no disruption to supporting our clients & candidates.  We hope that this information has helped to alleviate any concerns or answered any questions that you had regarding the virus and/or our approach as a business to this issue.