Guys - few important updates
1) we are requested to have stricter Covid protection measures in place. Please be aware that following steps are important to follow and now are included as health & safety requests:
wear face covering if there are 2 or more persons working in the kitchen or delivery is being received
hand sanitiser must be used on arrival and during shift (for example: after accepting delivery)
please choose timing for your shifts so that less people are in the kitchen at any time
any COVID symptoms have to be reported immediately and followed by testing. You have to self-isolate until results are available. Same is with your family members. Please don't wait with this as it impacts the whole team
2) With 1st November the furlough scheme is closed and there is no extension for us.
I have had endless email exchange with our bookkeeper regarding the governments’ extended help proposals, but the only way to keep everyone employed from that date on - unfortunately means that we have to go into simple situation where hours worked are paid. That means your hourly rate is kept as it was agreed before Covid, but your hours will be according our needs.
There is no way around this if we want to keep employment for everyone as I would prefer better having limited hours than immediate redundancy. That said - I am obliged to ask if maybe there is someone who would like to be made redundant voluntarily with 1st November? If so - please get in touch with me.
From November we will use hour charts to detail shifts and hours worked in the kitchen. It is not only important to fill them out for Covid Health & safety requirement reasons, but as well for your hour count. Please remember to update your hours on the sheet after your shift as that will be used for calculating wages from November 1st.
As a side note - I want to be honest - we won’t be opening other sales days of the week this year as existing days we trade are not performing the full potential and I expect there will be significant drop of sales starting November.
As it looks now - having Thursdays open is under big question as well due to sudden issues with stuff availability. I am dealing with this and getting new people for the shop, but this takes time and serious disruption can happen even on a short notice.