Chief Executive Chris Conway's weekly update to employees
Monday 20 July 2020
This week many people are continuing to return to their workplaces and whilst this was an unusually quiet holiday period for us, I’m pleased to see a steady increase of people beginning to use public transport again.
We also begin the second week of face coverings being mandatory on public transport and will be looking towards the Executive this week as they discuss wider use of face coverings in shops and other public spaces. Thank you to all our employees who are leading by example with this and supporting us to help our passengers understand the new requirements. I would particularly like to thank all the volunteers and frontline colleagues who supported us by helping to hand out free disposable masks to help support our passengers.
Wearing a face covering is just part of the range of measures in place to reduce the risk of transmission and to help us protect each other. We still have wider safety and travel advice for passengers; including good hand hygiene, using contactless payments, travelling off-peak and respecting social distancing. We continue to carry out regular deep cleaning of vehicles and facilities and have a range of other measures in place both for passengers and our colleagues.
Just before last week we released a video to ask our young people to keep social distancing, particularly at bus and train stops and on-board public transport. The ‘Play Your Part and Don’t Be a Melter’ video has a simple message and we hope it will positively impact people’s behaviors. This important community message is part of wider ongoing work and a key message for our ‘Let’s go safely together’ campaign.
Whilst some things are starting to feel more normal again, these are still unprecedented times. I would urge everyone to continue to look after their wellbeing and use the support available to all employees, you can access more information on this through the employee Spirit App. Our wellbeing focus for July is Worry, something we all do from time to time and especially during these challenging times. Again, I would urge you to access the support on our Employee Learning Platform and you can also use this to sign up to the Worry Webinar taking place on 27 July which will help provide you with techniques to help manage this.
Your physical health is also important and whilst the weather hasn’t quite been as sunny as we would like lately, please be mindful of taking care in the sun and especially the UV levels. This is particularly important for anyone working outdoors. You can access more information on this on the last Wellbeing Wednesday update.
Thank you and let’s go safely together.
Chris Conway - Group Chief Executive
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