As many states have started phased openings, I wanted to give an update on Schellman’s plans and process for evaluating any return to on-site audits and fieldwork.
Our firm has stayed completely on-line throughout the COVID-19 crisis of 2020, following strict protocols since early March. This began with closing our offices the week of March 9th and pivoting to a remote-only work model. While already highly remote-capable, we took early precautions with a singular focus of creating a safe, productive, and efficient audit collaboration environment for employees, clients, and the community. Additionally, we have been working closely with the various accreditation bodies to ensure that we can continue to provide the specific services our clients require.
We have zero intention of lowering our guard until there is a clear safety bell, and ultimately, as I sit here today, I cannot with any clarity tell you when we will hear the resonance of that bell. Schellman plans to provide a 60-day notice to our employees and clients when we make the decision to resume traveling and on-site fieldwork, with close coordination with our clients’ policies and practices. Until then, Schellman will continue to provide all services remotely to our current clients and the new clients we have begun partnering with since March.
I personally believe in health and economy, not versus. The entire Schellman team understands its burden of service to our extended community. As I have stated several times, and in several ways, Schellman will continue to serve our clients without interruption, with purpose, with strategy, and with safety, and we intend not only to survive this but to thrive through this crisis.
In the meantime, we have set up a collection of resources pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic here: https://hub.schellman.com/covid-19-updates
Additionally, we have also put together a short "hello" video from our staff as they remain at home.
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