Furio Pietribiasi, CEO of Mediolanum International Funds
We have carefully assessed the options available for a safe return to work for our staff in accordance to regulations and the guidelines provided by the relevant authorities in Ireland and in the rest of Europe to identify what would be the best approach.
We have been taking external professional advice to assess all risks and, since the very beginning of the emergency, we have been implementing all necessary actions to ensure sanitary measures are of the highest standard to protect the health of our staff.
In fact, we always had a very small number of employees, which is now growing, who have autonomously taken the decision to continue to work from the office even during the raising phase of the Covid-19.
Among such measures we have rolled out: regular specific training on behaviour best practices; a change to logistics to maintain social distancing at all times; ongoing office deep cleaning and sanitisation during the day; and the availability of disinfectant products and protection for staff.
While remote working will remain a permanent feature of our future working policy, we believe it will not be the normality going forward for us, as for many businesses.
We believe the most critical element of success in an organisation is its culture, the teamwork and the dynamics among people.
Spending time together in the office and outside, is one of the key ingredients for cultural imprint.
This is particularly important for our organisation, because we had many new hires during the pandemic and we have also many motivated, younger staff who require close and ongoing mentoring.