Given the circumstances we're all currently facing with the onset of COVID-19 in Australia, we thought it appropriate to communicate current / temporary workplace changes that have been implemented at JCB Architects.
The health and wellbeing of our team and the greater community is of the highest importance to us. In accordance with advice provided by the Australian Government Department of Health, we have implemented a range of temporary workplace management procedures to ensure our team can operate in a safe working environment at all times.
In the immediate term, our team will continue to work out of our studio in Richmond; however, we will be placing a temporary hold on hosting or participating in face to face group meetings (both internal and external). We will support these measures through the provision of flexible work arrangements where necessary, and our technology platforms provide for teleconferencing and video conferencing to ensure that project meetings can still proceed as required. Meetings arranged by us will run on the Microsoft Teams platform. Please note there is no requirement for invitees to install Microsoft Teams as it can operate through your chosen web browser. Basic instructions will be sent out with any new meeting invite. With this in mind, those with existing meetings scheduled on a face to face basis will be contacted directly regarding setting up alternative meeting options accordingly.
For clarity, we note that any of our team members who advise us that they may have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or have fallen unwell with flu or cold like symptoms will be required to immediately self-isolate. Support will be provided for those team members to take sick leave or to work from home until such a time as they are cleared by health professionals to return to work.
We will continue to assess the situation on a daily basis as new information comes to light. If our temporary workplace procedures are required to change further we will advise you with updates in due course.
We are here to help, so if you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Graham Burrows