GoodBarber & Covid-19

Written by on Monday, March 16th 2020

GoodBarber & Covid-19
As soon as the Covid-19 arrived in Europe via Italy mid february, we have watched carefully the development of this situation as trade between Italy and Corsica, where our Ajaccio headquarter is located, is important and on daily basis.

Since March 7th, the teams of our Ajaccio and Lisbon offices are working from home.
Since Friday, March 13, the team from the Coimbra and New York offices are also working from home. 100% of GoodBarber is now in "Work from Home" mode.

WFH is not something new for us. In our SaaS industry, we have a hyper-connected culture and organization. However, this is the first time that every one works remotely at the same time. Even if the adoption of this new configuration requires us much less effort than other more traditional companies, we consider that we are still in the learning phase to find an optimal way to operate. Creating the best conditions so that the totality of GoodBarber's collaborators and their families remains safe is our priority. 

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads across the planet, the reactions of individuals, businesses and public authorities to this crisis are quite mixed. For our part, we remain convinced that we must act quickly, without waiting for political decisions which sometimes take a long time to come. I do not know if it is our internet culture, our curiosity, our search for truth, our desire to understand, our way of tackle problems, or something else, but we very early, individually and collectively at GoodBarber made the decision to work from home to prevent the spread of the virus around us.

Since mid-January, with the analysis of the evolution of the situation in Asia, detailed information has been made public by scientists from all over the world. Without being experts in epidemiology, they make it possible to understand what are the most effective actions to take to slow down the pandemic. Countries that have experienced major epidemics in their recent history, such as SARS in 2003, have acquired reflexes that European countries do not yet have. Very early on, they took wide-ranging measures to limit social interactions between individuals. The result is striking. It takes an average of 12 days for the number of Covid-19 cases to double in Asia, compared to 3 or 4 in Europe. European countries are applying containment measures late. France has even maintained local elections, creating a gathering of millions of people, in the midst of an epidemic!

In the past few weeks, we have tried to prepare ourselves as best we can to continue operating remotely, without compromising the service we provide. There we are. The next few months are going to be difficult for everyone. Stay away when you can and above all stay healthy! While waiting for this situation to resolve , see you on the web;)



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