Many companies have already felt the effects of the spread, the coronavirus, on their business. The rapid spread of the coronavirus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. So what to do when, by the nature of your company, your employees are spread all over the world? This was the situation for Agrikol and has highly affected their business. As of March 20, 2020, Serbia's borders were closed and more than 300 workers were captured in countries around the world without being able to return home while in a state of emergency in Serbia.
Workers and clients
“To start with, in the light of the measures to contain the further spread coronavirus (COVID-19), AGRIKOL is following the instructions and advice of the government to guarantee the safety and health of the our workers and clients in safe conditions”, says Nikola Petkovic. “We’re fully supporting employees to ensure the risks of transmission of the virus by fully complying with Serbia government. Where it is possible we are stopping all non-essential face to face contact with others and all necessary travel. Most of people from office are working from their homes now.”
Continue the work
Yet for the international people and the building crews, this is not possible. Fortunately they are able to continue their work. “For now we are operating effectively with same proportion of workforce. Our teams work in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Romania, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, USA, Japan, Australia … The main problem in our business is traveling now. We are trying to stay positive and hopeful that things will go back to normal within time. And we are proud of our workers who, despite this difficult situation, remain disciplined and conscientious!"
To give a shout-out to the people currently doing their best to keep the business going and to show the global character of the industry, we're showing photos taken over the last couple of weeks. By now the social distancing rules of course are put into place - as are all health & safety rules!
Germany as well...
as well as Russia
And from the one crew in Tunisia
To the second team in Tunisia
As well as the USA!
"Big thank you to our teams all over the world who are still working and helping our clients to realize their projects. Thank you for being part of Agrikol", Nikola concludes.