Drake Editorial Team

Yesterday, we all received the news that the Government has announced that New Zealand will be moving to Level 4 of the COVID-19 alert system at 11:59pm on Wednesday, 25 March 2020.

This means that anyone living in New Zealand who is not part of essential services or supporting essential services are required to stay at home for the next 4 weeks or until the restrictions have eased.

What does that mean for us?
Drake New Zealand falls under ‘supporting essential services’ in many industries, so while the majority of our staff will be working from home with immediate effect, we will also be able to work from the office for certain tasks as required, such as drug testing new Field Staff Employees, and distributing personal protection equipment distribution. Most other tasks can be done remotely.

Even when remote, rest assured we are working hard to meet the demands of the business and our clients. You can continue to contact us on 0800 840 940 or on your local branch number, which will be redirected to a member of our team. We continue to operate an After Hours support team, offering our service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What does that mean for you?
You can continue to work with your local Drake branch for all of your staffing requirements.

Any Field Staff Employees working on your premises with other workers will need to comply with social distancing measures for that worker's safety. An update from the Government as to how to ensure that essential services staff can operate safely is found here, and includes shift working, staggered meal breaks, and social distancing.

What does that mean for our Field Staff Employee?
As Drake falls under the category of ‘supporting essential services’, our eligible Field Staff can still be placed on assignments with your business.

All of our FSE’s complete our Travel and Health Questionnaire which provides us with information as to their recent health status.

Drake will be supporting our FSE’s who are not able to work, or where there is a decrease in demand, through the Government’s wage subsidy.


Good Personal Hygiene

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds REGULARLY
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette (cover your face)

Maintain Physical Distancing

  • At least 2 metre's distance between yourself and anyone sneezing/coughing
  • Avoid crowds
  • NO handshakes, hugs, high fives, hongi

Follow Healthline / Doctor's Orders

  • Keep your Drake Consultant informed if you or any of the Drake FSE's become unwell on the job 

Good Workplace Hygiene

  • Clean your work area regularly
Stay safe and healthy. We will keep in close touch – from afar.

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