For Part 3, the final part of this series, our focus will be on the actions Mb Staffing Services (Mb) anticipates taking in the aftermath of covid-19 and its restrictions. While we hope that effective treatment and a vaccine become widely available soon, it is our belief that this crisis has brought with it important lessons about health and safety, and that in order to continue to be effective in the future we need to demonstrate an ongoing willingness to learn and implement them. Our goal is to establish permanent policies and procedures that will enable us to safeguard the health and safety of our employees, clients and associates, as well as ensure that the company is as prepared as possible to respond to matters of public health in the future.
First, it is important to restate the timetable and template for return. To reiterate the definitions put forth by Mayor Bowser and the D.C. advisory panel, “Phase 4” refers to a full return to normalcy and will only be implemented when a vaccine and effective treatment become widely available. Currently, the District of Columbia is in Phase 2 with no set timetable for advancing to Phase 3 (when the policies detailed in Parts 1 and 2 of this series will come into effect.) In their own respective recovery initiatives, Maryland is in Phase 2 and Virginia is in Phase 3, both of whom have different definitions from Washington’s. More details about their definitions can be found in the attached links.
Mb anticipates that, even after treatment is available and Washington enters Phase 4, challenges associated with covid-19 will continue in some shape or form. Additionally, we see an important shift taking place in business and in the broader culture towards greater caution and awareness of public health responsibility. As a company we are committed to reinforcing that shift and taking responsibility.
Accordingly, Mb is developing general health and safety protocols that we expect our employees and candidates to follow and respect. These will include expectations surrounding hygiene, workplace respect, and transparency surrounding health concerns. These protocols will be made clear to new applicants, and their compliance will be essential to their placement. We anticipate that many of our present and future clients will be enacting similar protocols for their own workplaces. We are looking forward to collaborating with them in the effort to maintain healthy and safe workplaces.
The company is also intent on continuing the development of our remote operation, even after the beginning of Phase 4. Since the beginning of the quarantine, we have been working hard to expand our web presence and improve our systems and data storage. While this effort has primarily been made to continue operating during quarantine, we have every intention of continuing these developments.
The covid-19 crisis and the ensuing quarantine was a big surprise for everyone, and Mb was no different. Safeguards were not in place as they could have been, and the crisis has lingered for much longer that many could have anticipated. As a result, every business, family and individual has had to adapt to unforeseen and challenging circumstances.
We can say with confidence that Mb has adapted well, and we are continuing to be as attentive and responsive as we can to the crisis. We have learned important lessons from these past several months about keeping ourselves and one another safe, and we believe that these lessons will need to stay with us long after the crisis comes to an end. We hope that our ongoing efforts will not only enable us to be prepared in ways that we were not beforehand, but also strengthen every aspect of our business.
This concludes our three-part series. We thank you again for your attention and ask that you be on the lookout for more communication from us as well as updates on the pandemic and response.
Above all, we ask that you continue to stay safe.