From risk mitigation and supply chain disruption planning to strategic planning for today and tomorrow, UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC) can assist during this time of uncertainty. Let's start the conversation. Connect with us at 866-880-2262 or by online form.
We are working with our local and federal partners on response efforts and how to best support Wisconsin manufacturers through this crisis.
Members of the MEP National Network have consulted lawyers, national networks, and resources to bring practical guidance and real information specifically for manufacturers. Please consult this list of the best resources to help Wisconsin manufacturers weather the COVID-19 storm. Our team at UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC) and the MEP National Network have compiled a one-stop shop for many of your questions, big and small. As we get new information, we will be continuously updating our resource page.
MOC is committed to doing whatever it takes to help the manufacturing community stay strong.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has pulled together a website dedicated to relief and recovery resources. The manufacturing sector guide is here.
IMPORTANT: Even if you are under 50 employees and normally are exempt from the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, these changes apply to you and go into effect around April 2. Essentially, the new law means that all companies must provide 80 hours of sick leave for all full-time employees. You will pay upfront to employees but be reimbursed fully by the federal government in the form of a refundable tax credit.
This is not in addition to other sick leave provided by the company but is before any other sorts of time off are to be used. There are nuances of how much you pay based upon the reason for sick leave. This sick leave can only be used for pre-approved Coronavirus issues. Read here for more.
Consider contacting MOC regarding a Profit Risk Assessment for your company.
Everyone's business interruption insurance and general insurance is different, but you don't want to miss out if something shuts you down. Get in front of your lawyer and broker right now...read more. Here is a bulletin posted by The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.
While this crisis is likely going to get worse before better, communicate and be there for your customers as a top priority. Do not let urgency be the enemy of the important...
Do not forget to communicate with your customers!
You as the CEO might want to step in here to be sure you roll out the red carpet and keep your customers close. In the last recession, those who stopped communicating did not fare well when things got good again.
Being there for your customers when things are bad will ensure that you have a loyal customer when things turn around.
Culled from hundreds of questions, here are the top HR questions we have heard. Review answers and the full list of questions here.
The state is changing requirements for unemployment right now, and rates may go up in the future. Read more
First, the chart below shows the risk by age – this disease is very dangerous to at-risk populations and those over 70 years old. As much of our employees are under 70, this may be comforting. But it emphasizes that the risk to the families of your employees are high. Do you have employees who care for elderly parents? What about those near retirement? Do you have any people with asthma, auto-immune disorders? This is the world that your people are living in.
There has been a rise in phishing schemes taking advantage of panic-stricken employees. It never hurts to reinforce the need to respond appropriately to strange emails. Read more: Imposters pretending to be from the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronavirus Scams, Telework Security Basics
Many have shown that what South Korean manufacturers are doing to keep their factories up and running. Here are some of the measures that they are taking:
All surfaces are not the same, it’s critical to follow the proper procedure for disinfecting based on the type of surface being disinfected. The specific procedure for disinfecting the variety of surface at your manufacturing facility varies depending upon the type of cleaner you are using (make sure it is EPA registered product against coronavirus and that you leave it on the surface for long enough). One local companies products are sure to do that if you are concerned: https://www.stateindustrial.com/disinfecting-during-the-covid-19-pandemic
EPA List here https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
We are all going to have to hunker down and survive first, but as leaders we must continue looking to the future to provide hope and to make sure that when things are better, we are better.
We believe that our manufacturers are the foundation of our economy. And when we come out the other end of this crisis, we can be stronger than before. We can choose to use any extra time we have to plan, to look for talent now, to increase our roster of A-players later, to start thinking of how to minimize future supply chain disruption through reshoring products, and to plan for 18 months from now when we can again invest in new ways of doing things.
There is always a silver lining…even if we have a marathon to get through first. What opportunity is just beyond our reach today that, with your strategic vision, you can aspire to? Maybe today is too soon to think about it, but when the day-to-day crisis management becomes overwhelming, perhaps sitting back to think about the future again is the right thing to do.
Consider contacting MOC for a free consultation for your company.
Thank you to our partner Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers for assisting in supplying some of this information.
Wisconsin Workplace/Employee Recommendations
The CDC has provided this interim guidance for businesses and employers to help plan and respond to COVID-19.
They have provided information on how COVID-19 spreads, its symptoms, prevention and treatment, what to do if you are sick and more. See the links below for select sections.