RD Response to COVID-19

RD Response to COVID-19

Author: Martine White

At RobertsDay, we are closely monitoring COVID-19, and have implemented a range of measures that prioritise the health, safety and wellbeing of our team and clients. While this remains our first priority, we also recognise that through hardship comes an opportunity to demonstrate our resilience and agility.

RobertsDay has a legacy of leading and participating in global projects, with international consultants both on the ground and remotely. Nationally, we have 5 Studios and operate as one team through video conferencing, teleconference facilities and access to shared files and programs via desktop access.

This gives us the confidence that our existing IT services and technology, and the experience of our team, will allow us to seamlessly transition these work practices to a local scale enabling us to continue to effectively service our clients whilst navigating our way through the impacts of the CV.

 

What are we doing?

We are conscious of our responsibility to play our part in protecting our community, whilst continuing to provide you with the best possible service, regardless of our collective working arrangements. 

Therefore, in order to restrict the spread of the virus, we have deferred all international and national travel, introduced rotational work from home arrangements in Perth and Brisbane and minimised face-to-face meetings. For the time being, our Perth and Brisbane Studios remain open and fully operational with all the necessary precautions to maintain the highest levels of health and hygiene. 

However, with the announcements over night from the NSW, ACT and Victorian Governments that there will be “comprehensive shutdown of non essential services” within 48 hours both our Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra teams will be working remotely as of Wednesday March 25th.

All team members, regardless of location, will continue to actively progress projects, be available at all times during working hours via email, mobile, and have access to tele + video conference facilities ensuring ongoing communication with RD and our clients.

 

Continued Collaboration in a Digital World

Whilst the way we work may be different, our values and commitment to our team, clients and projects remains the same.  A cornerstone of our business has always been, and continues to be, the ability to creatively collaborate to foster new ideas and innovations to create strong, connected and resilient communities and cities.

As a national business, we have successfully been using Microsoft Teams and Zoom for some time.  These platforms enable screen sharing, file share and video conference and in the past couple of weeks, we have effectively used this technology to successfully facilitate and participate in interactive workshops, meetings and design reviews, with large numbers of external participants from both the private and public sectors, allowing real time design and discussion to occur.  We will continue to explore and invest in cutting edge technology that will enable us to continue to design, create, collaborate and find new ideas and solutions to your complex and challenging projects

This pandemic will eventually pass, and we want our clients and projects to be well positioned to move forward.

We are committed to doing whatever we can to minimise the potential impact of COVID-19 and protect the health of our people, their families, and you and yours, and look forward to  working with you to minimise disruption to your business.

 

Best Wishes

 

Martine White
Managing Director