originally posted by: edaced4
a reply to: Phage
We are a small literally "Mom and Pop" business. About 15 employees. However our daily sales over the past couple of weeks had almost
I went to my local Mom And Pop hardware store this morning and they had a similar setup as your place. I actually was going to ask if you were in Ft.
Lauderdale until I saw your sidebar.
I’m a Chief Engineer of a 500,000 sq foot property in Broward County and work for the company that owns the property. We’re a small company but we
own a good amount of real estate on the East coast of Fla. I have 3 employees under me. Between myself and my property manager, we had this all worked
out almost 2 months ago. We’re essential, especially since several of our tenants (commercial, not residential) are 3-letter agencies.
My biggest concern, at work, was my staff. They’re 53-60 years old and one of the 60 year olds has COPD. I worked it out with my CFO/HR to send him
home without having to utilize his vaca/PTO hours. He’s had a 3-week paid vacation so far. Most offices are running skeleton crews, but I sent an
e-mail blast out telling the tenants that any maintenance work will be done the following day after an issue is reported, before the tenants arrive to
their suites. My 2 remaining staff is doing all exterior work right now.
About 7 weeks ago we installed automatic paper towel dispensers at every building entrance, hand sanitizers at every elevator and put door stops on
everything fire code allows for, to keep doors propped open. The doors we can’t prop open due to codes have sanitary door openers, which you use
your arm to pull the door open with. There’s signs everywhere to use paper towels to open everything. We ordered enough stock of sanitizer and paper
towels that we have several pallets ready to donate to hospitals if needed.
I sent an e-mail blast to our vendors and said no more than 2 vendors will be allowed on site daily (AC techs, construction crews, etc) and they are
to send every invoice in via e-mail instead of having me sign for them. By the time the city went to essential-only, we were so prepared that I’ve
just been chilling in my office mostly for the last 3 weeks.
My annual review was 2 weeks ago, the owner, CFO and property manager were thrilled enough with my response that I got a sizable raise this year.
Normally I would have shared that news with friends and family, but it hasn’t felt appropriate to do so right now with most of them being out work.
Alas, it’s helped me send money to a couple family members and friends who are screwed right now.
Those of us who are still working are indeed fortunate. In my case, it was by design as I was tired of being broke after Broward would shut down every
year for hurricanes so when I changed careers, it was a priority to find an essential job. The catch 22 of that is that we’re all still being
exposed more than many others and it can be stressful. Today I had no choice but to meet with about 10 different people face to face. I just treat
everyone as if they’re infected and only a few times have I had to snap at someone to keep their distance.
Apologies for the long post, I’m not sleeping as well lately and am often browsing ATS for the comedy and occasional info.
Be safe, everyone!