Adapting to a New Normal: WLC’s COVID-19 Response
WLC is no stranger to adapting to changing conditions. As one of Wyoming’s longest-standing engineering and surveying firms, we’ve learned to be flexible over our 72-year run and it’s one of the reasons we’ve been successful. The COVID-19 global pandemic has been no exception.
COVID-19 has changed the professional landscape across the world and it’s certainly changed things in Wyoming. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is WLC’s attention to safety. As engineers and surveyors, we take pride in honoring the first Fundamental Canon of the Engineer’s Code of Ethics: “Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.” Safety is at the forefront of how we do business and no matter the situation, it is always our main priority.
As WLC works with energy and utility clients, we have been deemed an essential business, providing key infrastructure support that allows our communities to continue to operate. From utilities such as water, sewer, and electric to other critical services it’s important this work continues to move forward. Thus, WLC has taken important steps to ensure the safety of our team, partners, and clients during this global pandemic.
- WLC continues to provide employee benefits, such as sick leave, vacation, life and disability insurance, with appropriate flexibility when needed.
- WLC has openly discussed the COVID-19 pandemic with employees and clients keeping an open-door policy should any concerns relating to the pandemic arise.
- As an employee-owned company, we understand that every individual has their own concerns related to their personal needs, families, friends and people they come in contact with. We’ve made many efforts to accommodate those concerns whenever possible. For example, WLC’s IT department was prepped right away to allow for all employees to be able to work from home if needed or requested.
- All three locations in Casper, Rawlins, and Cheyenne continue to follow CDC guidelines for businesses and employers, which for WLC has included:
- Disinfecting our office and frequently touched surfaces, providing hand sanitizer, disinfectant sprays, wipes and masks to any employee or client.
- Practicing social distancing (at least 6 feet) whenever possible.
- Wearing face masks when working in close proximity to another person (less than 6 feet).
- Requiring people who exhibit signs of sickness or have family members exhibiting signs of sickness to stay home until CDC guidelines to return to work have been met.
- In addition, WLC has adopted the following practices to better protect and accommodate our team and clients during this challenging time:
- Allowing employees to backlog vacation hour hours if needed to care themselves or family.
- Accommodating flexible and rotational shift-type schedules so client coverage is maintained while allowing employees with kids at home to share parenting duties.
- Adapting to the needs and requirements of our clients, including restricted travel.
- Reducing in person meeting time, but keeping communications open via phone, email, zoom etc.
WLC has reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic by doing what we have always done, finding solutions to challenging situations while holding paramount the safety, health and welfare of our team, partners, and clients. Contact WLC to learn more about our way of business and our services.