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A RETURN TO WORK IN THE NEW NORMAL

27 April 2020

Gerd Glaudemans , Managing Partner |

How companies should plan to return to work and emerge from COVID-19 stronger and smarter.

As the response to the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, many companies have established operational crisis management teams and adjusted to restrictions on work and movement. Many people are now beginning to ask the question: How are we going to return to work?

Moving toward the end of April 2020, some countries are starting to ease restrictions, allowing for more freedom of movement and the reopening of specific industries. While it is challenging to predict when each country in the Dutch Caribbean will begin to return to the workplace, many predictions point toward restrictions being lifted gradually over the next few months, depending on your location.

Regardless of precisely how governments decide to ease their restrictions, companies need to plan for an orderly and thoughtful approach to returning to work. There are three crucial steps to accomplishing this:

1. Build a return-to-work plan

2. Work through the stages of partial and full operations

3. Increase resilience

By doing this carefully and methodically, businesses can begin the process of restoring onsite operations while also ensuring that they do not take one step forward and two steps backward in returning to their worksite.

Download the guidelines that we have prepared for you on this page. In these guidelines you can find useful information about ‘returning to work in the new normal’.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your usual BDO contact:

Gerd Glaudemans, Managing Partner, tel. 562 4606, e-mail:  [email protected]
Michel Falke, Partner, tel. 515 2148, e-mail: [email protected]
Marcia Illidge, Partner, tel. 529 3942, e-mail: [email protected]
Paul Lungu, Managing Director BDO St. Maarten, tel.  +1 721 586 0280, e-mail: [email protected]
Xaigany Henriques, Director, tel. 522 2167, e-mail : [email protected]
Cristina de Freitas Brás, Director Tax Services, tel. 690 0707, e-mail : [email protected]
Liselle Pas, Sr. Manager, tel. 517 0326, e-mail : [email protected]
Shanda Lancelot, Manager, tel. 529 2999, e-mail: [email protected]

As we navigate this time of uncertainty together, I want to reaffirm BDO’s core purpose: helping people thrive, every day. I hope that you and your loved ones are well, and we are here if you need us.

GERD GLAUDEMANS
Managing Partner BDO Dutch Caribbean