Thursday, 9th April, 2020
Not long back in Wanaka after the birth of his first son, Isaac, Board member Alex Cull, from Findex, has been at the coalface of COVID-19 working with clients and helping raise a newborn. Here's Alex's take on life under level 4 lockdown.
𝗪𝗵𝗼'𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗰𝗼-𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳? (𝗯𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲) 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗼-𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳. My wife Sarah, who has taken on an office admin role, and our four-month old, Isaac 👶 🍼 , who is part-way through his internship (although he may not be asked back for the 2021 🎓 Graduate Programme).
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻? We have connected with our neighbours and family overseas 🌏 , I am spending more time with family, and there are less cars 🚖 🚖 on the roads.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴? Seeing the uncertainty many businesses and employees face 😔 . I have processed many wage subsidies in the past weeks for businesses who do not know how long the lockdown will last and whether they will be able to keep their doors open if it goes beyond six weeks.
Going to work in slippers
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘁𝗶𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆?
Maintain a routine. Wake-up at a consistent time each day ⏰ ⏰ and plan some tasks. Eat well 🥗 🥗 .
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗼 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱-𝟭𝟵?
Stay informed and make use of the Government’s economic relief measures.
Consider wage subsidy 💰 💸 payments, mortgage holiday packages, the Government Finance Guarantee Scheme, Inland Revenue tax payment deferrals and Family Assistance Tax Credits. Find out what you are eligible for.
1. Talk ☎️ 📞 📳 to your suppliers, employees and landlords 🏪 before things get too bad. They may be willing to help and it will save the relationship when things return to normal.
2. Get in touch with customers and arrange work for after the lockdown.
3. Remain positive 😁 🤣 as the effects of the lockdown will be driven by sentiment. If businesses are negative and take a defensive approach, it will take longer to recover.