DREXEL AND COVID-19

Team,

90 days ago I never heard of it.

60 days ago I didn’t care.

10 days ago I was mocking it.  (Media, politics over hype.)

Today… I am taking this as reality.  Don’t panic.  But let’s figure this out and what you need to know as it pertains to your career.

Here is a great article I would read explaining more.  (Best one I have read.  Very non-bias.)

A fantastic podcast to listen to on this is by Joe Rogan.  No this is NOT giving you permission to watch a podcast at work for 90 plus minutes (lol).  But if you go back to it later, are driving or whatever….

Here’s the deal.  Two of my favorite lines on Twitter.

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As said by someone on Twitter recently…

“I feel like I’d rather say ‘hey, remember when we overreacted to the whole COVID-19 scare wow we were so stupid’ years from now rather than “hey remember when we just carried on like normal instead of taking proper precautions and put the most vulnerable people in danger.”

A second tweet that stood out to me:

“I see a lot of people being like: ‘I would survive the Coronavirus. I’m taking my chances.’ The way I see it, yeah… I’d survive it… But I might carry it to someone who wouldn’t. And that, folks, is the problem.”

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So what does it mean for Drexel?  What’s the plan Stan?

FIRST.

We are gonna be fine.  I talked to Julie Korth our CFO (money person) we have a plan for worst case scenario.   Our bank relations are good to hold us over.  We have cash deserves we can tap into.   We can weather this storm.  Our roots are deep.  The trees without roots… I would be worried about them!

Short term. 

As ALWAYS, if you are SICK.  STAY THE HELL HOME.  DON’T BE A HERO.   IF YOU ARE THAT IMPORTANT DREXEL IS DOING IT WRONG.  CROSS TRAINING, WORKSHARE, TEAMWORK, BEST PRACTICES, ALL ALLOW FOR YOU TO GET OVER THE COLD AND NOT SPREAD IT.

As ALWAYS, wash your hands.  Do smart things.

Live your life.  Don’t live in fear.

WORST CASE.  NEXT STEPS.

If we are all quarantined can I work from home?  Kind of an interesting thing right?

If we are quarantined… there will not work at the job sites.  We won’t have work.  So what would do at home?  There won’t be bids to do, jobs to ship, homes to design, no bills to pay, no vendors will be open.  So… never say no.  But if the state of Wisconsin shuts down, at this time, I assume we would too!  We will follow our builders.  No plans to do any of this.  Just an awareness and letting you know we are on top of it.

Would that affect our jobs?  My pay?   

Well if we aren’t open yeah, that wouldn’t be great.  Who knows how it would effect the world’s economy.  Domestic made products it might actually help.  If you are stuck in your home for 2 weeks, you might decide to build a deck this summer.  If people don’t travel this summer…they really might say, hey, instead let’s do our kitchen!   Home interest rates are historically low.  It’s a great time to build!  No one can predict the economy… so who knows…. how it would effect our industry.

Closed would be closed…

SOMEONE WILL SURVIVE (IN A BUSINESS SENSE, THIS ISN’T THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.  SOME OF US MIGHT GET A COLD…)  IT MIGHT TAKE OUT THE WEAK BUSINESSES.  FINE WITH ME!

SOMEONE WILL THRIVE.   THAT PLANS TO BE DREXEL.

THIS MIGHT IN FACT BRING OUR COUNTRY TOGETHER!  WORKING AS ONE!  HELPING EACH OTHER!

NO MATTER WHAT, WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED.  WE WILL KEEP YOU AWARE.

WE WILL OVER COMMUNICATE.

GO!

Joel

 

 

 

 

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