Leading kitchen manufacturer Moores has reopened the doors to its Wetherby HQ following detailed planning to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of its employees, suppliers, and customers meets the highest standards in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having spent several weeks 'intensively planning' its return in consultation with health and safety specialists, industry colleagues, and government advice, Moores reopened its factory line last week.
Moores has made several changes to its normal working environment that are outlined in a full guidance and information pack given to every employee on their return to work along with personal protective equipment.
Preventative measures include a clear demarcation of internal and external walkways and work areas in addition to access control of entryways at the HQ, with separate access points allocated to different groups of workers around the site.
Each employee will be allocated a personal area to take their breaks and a restricted access system has also been put in place for the use of washrooms to maintain social distancing.
'Research has shown us that more than 90% of pre-COVID house deals are still going through,' said Steve Parkin, CEO of Moores.
'What’s more, feedback from our communication with key partners and housebuilders is that they are primed and ready for kitchens to be installed.
'I want to thank the team at Moores that has worked tirelessly to ensure we can safely get back to business. While we are excited to get back to work designing, delivering and installing kitchens of the highest standard, our people must always come first.'
'In addition to the measures that we are taking to follow government guidelines we have also created COVID-19 communication stations around the site where our teams can stay informed of all protocols. By providing our team with the necessary tools to keep themselves and others safe, we can get back to doing what we do best.'
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Employees will also participate in a company-wide daily physical and mental wellbeing check, with particular attention paid to morale and mental wellbeing.
'At Moores we really are a family and the wellbeing of our employees that have this week returned to work, and for those not yet able to, is extremely important to us,' said Hayley Hodge, Head of HR.
'The systems that we have put in place pertaining to the mental and physical health of employees during this time will act as a framework for how Moores will continue to manage employee health moving forward.
'Our aim is for every member of our team to stay safe and be assured that support will be offered to anyone who needs it, both as we all navigate this new way of living and once we have made it out the other side.'