A Balancing Act: PSG’s Response To The Pandemic
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What We’re Doing in Response to the Pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has upended life as we know it. Families, institutions, schools, and businesses are all trying to navigate this strange new world. We know that people like you are wondering how companies like Prairie State Group are responding to the pandemic, both internally and externally.
The changes we’ve been seeing here at Prairie State Group
Anxiety regarding the pandemic and the way it’s disrupting all different aspects of life is rampant. But people are resilient, and we’re all doing what we can to adjust our internal and external processes. We’ve been addressing our employees’ worries and concerns, which we’ll describe in more detail below. Our clients are understandably concerned with possible supply chain disruptions and delays, too.
Mostly, we’ve been experiencing increased volume orders with much faster speed-to-market, due to the pandemic. This is different from what we’re used to seeing. We’re also keeping informed of current legislative guidance and health regulations so we can safely and adequately adapt our processes to ensure we’re staying safe while delivering on our promises.
Some of our customers’ warehouses are closed in response to the Covid-19 threat. As a result, production orders are on hold for the time being. We don’t expect this to last for much longer. At the time of this writing, many states are beginning to ease lockdown restrictions and stay-at-home orders. Testing is ramping up, and so is PPE production for workers.
This may not surprise you. But the demand for concentrated cleaner has skyrocketed. The orders can’t be produced fast enough to meet the demand. We’re up a 50% to 100% increase in demand for concentrated cleaner from the same time last year.
Many people are wondering about raw materials and supplies that are connected to global manufacturers. A few clients have pulled some items due to market changes. As a result, there isn’t a demand for items that would normally be used for these operations. Some pressure-sensitive materials have gone on allocation, and pouching capacity has been flooded with food packaging, which has extended our lead times. Lead times for raw materials are varying during this time.
And our office? 80% of our office workers went remote within four days. We’ve never done this before, which brings us to our next bit of news.
The internal changes and preparations we’re making
Our employees are incredibly anxious about the pandemic. But we’re doing all we can to ease their fears. Keeping our customers and our employees safe is a top priority. Health and safety precautions are paramount, and we’re getting our information from the authorities at the CDC and WHO every day. Watching webinars on legal, health, business insurance, manufacturing alliances, and more are also being utilized to keep everyone informed.
We’re using this information to guide our internal policies regarding employee and client safety. Federal and State regulations are also a part of our daily briefings on how we can keep our employees safe.
While our team members are anxious, they’re also happy to work. We’ve started a Covid Preparedness team. Our employees are also given three forms of communication, so any changes made are transparent, and they’re also up-to-speed on the latest official guidance.
We’ve also increased cleaning practices, both hourly and daily, and are having these operations documented. Our employees are wearing masks. They also have access to current CARES Act eligibility and other assorted benefits from our plan providers. We’re also complying with social distancing orders within our manufacturing facilities.
Our Pandemic Response: A Takeaway Message
PSG has a lot of empathy for our employees and our clients. And, we’re doing our part to keep everyone safe and informed. Safety and transparency are priorities while businesses adjust to this new climate.
At Prairie State Group, we’re also doing what we can to adapt our internal and external processes so operations can continue. Please feel free to reach out to us today if you have any questions about our Covid-19 preparedness. We look forward to hearing from you.