Güntner goes Smart Working
We all find ourselves in a situation that has never occurred before. The Corona virus pandemic affects us all equally, be it in private life or business. It is against that background that we would like to give you a brief update on how we at Güntner deal with the current challenges.
First of all, we would like to express our sympathy to all those who are directly or indirectly affected by the Corona virus. And, in particular, we wish all those a speedy recovery who suffer from Covid-19. Health is our greatest asset, and at the moment one thing has top priority: to protect it. Hence, we have been focussing on the health and safety of our employees and families for some time already, as you will probably be doing, too.
We decided to come up with comprehensive prevention measures already at the beginning of March in order to protect our employees and to ensure ongoing production. This included to offer the option of "smart working" as of March 5 to the majority of the office workers, meaning that they can work from home. Thanks to the active support of our IT Department, this switch to working from home was no problem so that operations continue as usual – we process orders, manufacture units, schedule delivery dates and ship products. Meanwhile, most of our office staff worldwide work from home. For those employees who continue to work at our sites, comprehensive safety precautions have been implemented.
To name but one example: administration and production are fully separate from one another regarding both the use of all premises and the structure of time. In order to reduce possible contacts also in the production area to a minimum, production employees work in two completely separate shifts.
Also in the area of procurement, our globally acting Task Force that was founded in January ensures continuity and security. The responsible employees maintain contact with our suppliers to monitor our supply chains and to secure our supply. Our stock levels have been further increased as a precautionary measure; in addition to this, we have second-source suppliers in several countries for our most important component parts. This means the spread of the Corona virus has had no impact at all on our production so far.
We owe the fact that our usual operations continue to run as smoothly as before not least to the untiring commitment of our staff: no matter what kind of individual measure was taken, they all pulled in the same direction to ensure maximum safety for themselves and the whole Güntner family. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure their safety, our operating ability and on-time delivery to you.