Greetings COMTO Family,
I come to you during this time of uncertainty to share a note of encouragement. The transportation industry is seeing a disruption in service unlike any seen before. During this COVID-19 crisis many of you are focused on maintaining your work, business and family. And many of you have been deemed “essential workers” and are required to report to work to ensure continuity of service with the limited operations that are still in place. You are on the frontline of this crisis and that is not going unnoticed. For your commitment and sacrifice during this time, we say thank you!
Wherever you find yourself during this time, it is critical that you are intentional about taking care of yourself. I ask that you make time for yourself each day and step away from the revolving news cycle, your laptop and put down your phone for a few minutes of peace and quiet. Many of us are required to lead at work and we are no good to our family, friends or colleagues if we don’t take care of ourselves.
Many of you may be working from home for the first time. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of serving as a panelist on a global call hosted by Jacobs, discussing tips for working from home. Below are just a few points to keep in mind as you get settled into your new workspace and begin a series of teleconferences and video calls:
- Make sure your workspace is safe and ergonomically functional
- Wake up around the same time every day
- Keep to your established morning routine if you can
- Set aside a work area separate from your sleeping area
- Discuss working from home expectations with family
- Include some movement into your work from home routine
- Learn a new skill
- Keep in touch with friends and family
- Reach out to your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for support
Your COMTO leadership is paying close attention to the impacts of COVID-19 on our beloved organization, and we’re taking the necessary steps to ensure that COMTO remains a financially viable organization and continues to be a valuable resource for our members throughout this crisis. We will continue to monitor and share relevant information and news as it becomes available. We will also continue to advocate for our members, the transportation industry and the communities we serve as important legislation, such as the CARES Act, is created and passed.
These are no doubt trying times, but with a little self-care, help from friends and family, and the support of our larger COMTO family – we’ll get through this!
Yours in solidarity,
Freddie C. Fuller II, National Chair, COMTO Board of Directors