In order to turn the curve and regain the operational performance, a great number of health, administrative, supply and logistics issues had to be managed under tight restrictions.
One of the first and more formal things they had to do, was to get an emergency work permit, to be allowed to operate during curfew periods. To get this, the premises in Sri Lanka had to comply with regulatory requirements, and a thorough health and sanitary verification from government authorities was mandatory. As a result, many COVID-19 initiatives were implemented, and due to our colleagues’ rapid adaptation, they successfully got the emergency work permission.
The actual COVID-19 initiatives
Complying with the new COVID-19 initiatives meant a whole new way of working for our team in Sri Lanka. Health and hygienic practices such as keeping physical distance, hand washing and sanitisation practices were implemented, and 5 minutes every work hour was allocated to do the hygienic practices. Also, physical separations with partitions were used between work areas to prevent any infection from spreading inside the buildings.
Health screenings in terms of body temperature monitoring of all people before entering the premises did also become a part of their daily work routine, together with minimising the number of visitors.
Furthermore, the management and supervisory staff members were continuously available on-site, to guide, motivate and always keep their team members informed.