We know that some of our business owners and their staff will be affected by the devastating events that took place in Christchurch on Friday, March 15. Our thoughts go out to all of those directly involved and impacted by this tragedy.
Returning to work or carrying on with life as normal after such an event can be difficult for many. Knowing how to appropriately and compassionately deal with staff and regular business operation can be a new and uncertain experience for some business owners. We have compiled a number of articles, contacts and support services that we hope may assist local business operators during this difficult time. We encourage you to make use of these resources and services as needed.
Business Support Services
- Enterprise North Canterbury - If you are looking for business advice or support during this time please don't hesitate to contact Guy Graham in the ENC Business Support team who may be able to put you in touch with a local operator that offers the support or service you require.
- Employee Assistance Programme - For those that have organisational counselling support, make sure that your staff are aware of this and the means to engage with them directly. Whether you engage with such a programme or not any EAP provider will be able to provide onsite support should you need that.
- If you have migrant workers with questions about family members obtaining emergency visas, please refer them to this specfic section of the Immigration New Zealand website.
- If you have staff who have been directly impacted via injury or have lost loved ones, ACC may be able to provide support to them in a number ways. Find out more here.
- If you operate a tourism business and have guests asking about visiting Christchurch, here is some information from ChristchurchNZ regarding any travel disruptions and how visitors can show support or contribute if they wish. This page from the Christchurch City Council also has up to date road closures and other information that may be of use to visitors.
- Canterbury Tech has reported a number of online scams have occurred following the incident, including websites being defaced, scam emails and malware embedded in video files. To minimise the damage from these scams, you can share this information from Canterbury Tech with your staff, and follow the steps to report these occurrences.
Other Support Resources