15 March 2020

With the unprecedented threat of the Coronavirus escalating by the hour, Penelope QIP (Penelope) has followed the advice of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the relevant health authorities in making the proactive decision to transition their team to work from home.

Penelope employs 17 people across three offices. Each staff member will be set up and equipped to work from their homes until further notice. They have also been supplied with policy and advice in how to protect themselves, and their families, from Coronavirus while outside their usual workplaces.

Penelope Directors, Steve Collier and Dr Lahn Straney, have also backed this decision with assurances that no staff member will be required to take leave without pay through the global crisis.

Managing Director, Steve Collier, said ‘we’re proud of the diversity of our team. The health, safety and well-being of not only each person in our team, but also their families, is paramount. We’re committed to promoting and protecting this in any way we can.’

Penelope specialises in providing online quality improvement planning platforms to thousands of Australian Early Childhood Education providers. Through their day-to-day roles, Penelope’s people are acutely aware of the unfolding risk the virus presents while also being accustomed to quickly adapting and operating remotely.

Customer Support Officer, Cathie Wunsch, expressed her support of the decision in stating ‘I know for myself, being pregnant, this makes me feel a lot less anxious about going into work. I’m so appreciative that our Directors have taken a proactive approach before things get worse. We’re all lucky with all this happening that we have the opportunity to work from home and still perform our roles to our maximum capacity.

Penelope doesn’t expect this change to working arrangements to impact on our high standards of customer support and responsiveness.