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#StopTheSpread: Denver Leader’s Approach to Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19

By March 30, 2020June 11th, 2020No Comments

COVID-19, the novel strain of the coronavirus disease, now upends life in over 199 countries and territories. While the number of cases and deaths across the globe continues to climb, tech leaders in Denver and Boulder, Colorado, recently released a joint statement announcing measures taken to #StopTheSpread of COVID-19.

35 Colorado High-Tech Companies Team Up To #StopTheSpread

Velocity Global CEO and Founder, Ben Wright, joined 34 other Colorado business leaders on Friday, March 13, to detail how they and their organizations will do their part to flatten the COVID-19 curve:

  • Work from Home Immediately: Encourage their teams to minimize their in-office presence and implement work-from-home practices as soon as possible.
  • Restricted Travel: Restrict employees’ work-related travel both within the United States and abroad. They also strongly encourage thoughtful consideration concerning personal travel, especially in situations where large groups congregate.
  • Remote Meetings: All client and visitor meetings and interviews are now completely remote, and businesses currently do not welcome onsite visitors.
  • Similar Steps for Business Partners: Encourage their vendors, service providers, and partner businesses to implement similar steps to ensure a slower spread.
  • Community Support: Continue to correspond with their teams to share information on how to best support healthcare workers through medical equipment purchases, including tests, protective equipment, and supporting local nonprofits dedicated to assisting at-risk communities COVID-19 most severely impacts.
  • Restricted Gatherings: Call on Colorado’s government officials and other business leaders to restrict large gatherings of all types along Colorado’s Front Range, the state’s most densely populated region.

Why Business Leaders Joined Together to Flatten the Curve

The signees acknowledge that to stop the unprecedented spread of this disease, they must take equally aggressive steps.

COVID-19’s spread surpassed the point of containment. Now, slowing its spread is the only option. Because the United States’ healthcare system cannot accommodate such large numbers of critically ill patients, slowing the spread reduces the chances of the healthcare system’s failure. Flattening the curve remains the only option.

All signatories understand that these actions are not enough to end the spread of COVID-19 entirely. However, they refuse to wait for government agencies and elected officials to mandate further restrictions and implore other businesses in Colorado and across the world to implement these steps immediately.

Velocity Global’s Work-From-Home Protocol During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Velocity Global completed its second full week of mandatory working from home for all Denver HQ and global employees. The policy remains in place until further notice. Velocity Global now relies fully on digital communications to keep its operations moving forward. Video conferencing, instant messages, and thorough email correspondence are structurally integral to business continuity.

Wright and other Velocity Global executives understand that working from home is challenging for some of their employees. To keep a semblance of normalcy, all teams maintain regularly scheduled meetings, one-on-ones, and deadlines.

Further, leadership encourages teams to set boundaries and to “disconnect,” as all employees remain mostly indoors for the foreseeable future. They stress that while performance expectations remain high, employees must take time for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Doing Our Part as Members of the Global Community to #StopTheSpread

Velocity Global and its employees take pride in being responsible global citizens. Without businesses across the globe, our services mean little; without healthy global communities, we have no one to serve. During this exceptional, uncertain period, Velocity Global vows to take all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees, our clients, and the communities in which we live—and those into which our clients expand.

While all Velocity Global travel remains suspended, we continue to communicate with our clients in countries across the globe, and our International PEO (Professional Employer Organization) solution affords them a safe, effective method of hiring much-needed employees in more than 185 markets.

If you’d like to learn more about Velocity Global’s steps to #StopTheSpread and how we can help your business forge ahead without jeopardizing your, your employees’, and the public’s health, get in touch with us today.