With the news that COVID cases in the UK are at their lowest levels since last September and the vaccine roll out reaching the 40 somethings, now seems the right time to be welcoming more of our staff safely back into the Mila building and restoring some more of the Mila vibe which all of us have missed so much.
We’ve obviously had our warehouse team on site here since last April and some of our senior management teams from across the business since July, but now it’s the turn of our sales office team to come back as well.
For everyone here, I know it feels like really exciting progress and I’ve already heard people saying how great it will be to see the familiar faces in person once again – even if it is at a distance.
Obviously, we’re not doing this without the most comprehensive risk assessment and extensive safety measures, and we’ve had fantastic feedback from the HSE on the impressive programme implemented by our Operations Manager Joe Montague and his team.
To give you some idea, as well as the obvious signage, mask wearing, departmental bubbles and socially distanced desks separated by glazed screens, we’ve got in-house COVID champions to provide help and advice, one-way pathways, hourly cleaning of all the major touchpoints around the building, and twice weekly lateral flow tests for all staff.
We’re having to sacrifice the canteen and the shared coffee and tea facilities of course, but a hot drinks flask and a packed lunch seems a small price to pay to get such a significant step closer to normality.
I’m sure this will be good news for Mila customers as well – it gives us a chance to bring our sales office team back together again to share the insights and customer knowledge which we know really adds value to our service, but which can only really happen when they’re in the same room together.
Mila’s is a unique culture of teamwork and mutual support and, while we’ve definitely made a success of working from home over the past year, I hope this move will give everyone a really welcome boost.