Message from the Interim Chief Executive - 20 August 2020

I wanted to write to all staff to write personally to thank you for your efforts during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

When the Council launched its emergency response in March, we had to be prepared for whatever might happen. We were very grateful for the staff members who continued to work to provide essential services either from home or from their normal place of work. In addition, some staff agreed to be redeployed to other duties and roles, for example to assist at the Hub, despite not knowing what that might involve, and the dedication and flexibility shown by staff has provided a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people within the community. 

Mercifully, Orkney has so far escaped the worst-case scenario which other communities have suffered, but our community has still been through a very difficult and anxious time. The ongoing provision of as many normal and new council services has been invaluable in helping us all withstand the pandemic and all its challenges. 

At this time, the current message remains that staff should continue to work from home where they can. It is appreciated however that there are circumstances where staff may have to spend some time back in the workplace. With some of the restrictions of lockdown easing, many of you are working with your managers with a view to returning to your offices in School Place or other buildings to work.  Can I please remind you to review the changes you will come across that have been made in the buildings to keep staff safe in the protection against COVID-19. We have updated the COVID-19 Guidance and Working Procedures for Staff, available on the Council’s website to reflect the latest Scottish Government Guidance. 

Finally, I wish to express my sincere thanks to you again for your service to the Council and your community. As you return to your normal place of work you can feel proud of yourself for the part you played in the emergency response. Yours sincerely

Yours sincerely,

John W Mundell OBE

Interim Chief Executive

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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