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COVID-19: ROAM Africa asks 400 staff to work from home - ITREALMS

Leading classified group in Africa, the ROAM Africa (Ringier One Africa Media) has sent over 400 staff on Work From Home across eight countries on the continent, reports ITREALMS.

ROAM Africa, 
ITREALMS gathered made this known Wednesday in order for all employees to work remotely as part of efforts to protect workforce from the COVID-19 virus.

In February, ROAM Africa increased travel restrictions and implemented a self-quarantine policy for its staff traveling to countries with high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

"As COVID-19 continues to spread across the continent, ROAM Africa moved to mandate the new remote work policy," sources from the company revealed.

"Starting this week, 400 staff in Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa are working remotely," says the Clemens Weitz, ROAM Africa CEO.

“Covid-19 pandemic is a global challenge, but African countries face particular headwinds from the virus given their fragile economies and underdeveloped health care systems. Its impact in the region could be severe. In these unprecedented times, we’re committed to the safety of our staff. Our employees’ well-being and health are critical to our ability to continue our important work of connecting people to opportunity,” he said.

ROAM Africa’s Head of Talent, Heather O’Shea is leading the shift to remote operations, stressed that the most important thing right now is the safety and well-being of staff members - and ROAM has been swift to move to a remote working policy.

"But working from home can be challenging, so this is only the start: the challenge is to equip our people and teams with the right mindset and tools to work effectively from home. This comes with investments that we are willing to make,” said O’Shea.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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