Date of release: Tuesday 31st March 2020
During these times of social distancing and upheaval, it’s more vital than ever that employers and job seekers stay connected, because there is still work out there and workplaces are adapting.
We want to keep you up to date with what we know, what we’re seeing and what we’re doing.
We also want you to know that you’re not alone. Although we have to stay apart, we can stay connected as we work through this together.
In this first update, you’ll find:
There are opportunities to work out there. It may not be what you want or are used to doing, but it will keep you and Australia going.
Shift will happen but, right now, we are seeing some jobs in the following sectors, particularly those that can be done from home, outdoors or in large workspaces.
What’s concerning people and where to go for more information and support?
Over the past few weeks we have been speaking with clients, keeping up to date with colleagues in our industry and regularly checking government information sources.
The biggest concern for everyone is that there’s a lot we don't know yet … and what we do know may change.Here are some of the things we have learned which might be of use to you.
As the Prime Minister said at his press conference on 24 March: “Someone that has a job. Everyone who has a job in this economy is an essential worker. Every single job that is being done in our economy with these severe restrictions … is
First and foremost, look after yourself and your family. Make sure you’re sticking to the ‘new normal’ health standards.
If you can work, work. It’s so important that we all have a purpose during these times. If you can't work, your job is to stay well.
Make sure you use trusted sources for information, like these:
Looking out for others in your community who are particularly vulnerable
How employers and job seekers are adapting
Humans are resilient creatures and we are already adapting.
While we can’t ignore the confronting images of normally hard-working Aussies from hospitality, travel & other face-to-face roles standing in queues at Centrelink there are also positive stories of businesses adapting:
Oliver Sheer and his team from Be Challenged https://bechallenged.com.au have hacked their business model to enable them to keep the team working online and they are offering a FREE trial version for any business that wants it.
If you are adapting or know of others hacking ways of working, please share with us and we’ll spread the word to help others.
What we are doing at Spinifex
“I am inspired by and proud of our team. Everyone, without exception, has stepped up. We all understand that we must keep working if we can and we must look out for one another.” Scott C Small, MD
Our first priority is to keep our employees and clients safe.
After that, all our time and energy will continue to be put into placing people in jobs.
That’s what we do.
Ways we’re adapting:
We’re very conscious that there’s a lot of people feeling pain right now. Business owners who have had to shut up shop. Workers who have lost their jobs. This is outside of their control. It is not about failure. Their lost work is a sacrifice for everyone and we must acknowledge and remember that.
But right now, we must all be bold and strong to get through this, and we will get through it.
|Scott C Small||Victoria Bila|
|Managing Director||Group Manager – Operations|
|Andrew Egan||Damien O’Donnell|
|Group Manager – Regional Operations||Group Manager – Regional & Executive|
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