COVID-19 Interview Series - Jerry Washington
Meet Jerry Washington. Jerry is a 13 year associate of C2G. He has held a number of positions over the years, and is currently the Distribution Associate Supervisor in our fulfillment center in Dayton, Ohio. Jerry leads the team of people who get orders out to our IT channel partners. So, if you have ordered or sold a product of ours over the last decade, there is a good chance Jerry picked, packed, shipped, or supported the team who delivered that product. Last week, we asked Jerry what this pandemic has been like for him.
1. What has this experience with COVID-19 been like for you professionally?
Answer: Challenging. We have changes that have been implemented that slow us down, while trying to be safe with the 6 foot rule. It slows down productivity. But we do what we have to to be safe. The anxiety you feel from everyone else wears on you too. Are people being responsible when they go home? Are they being in contact with the public? That anxiety plays a part.
As far as customers, nothing has changed except for freight being re-routed due to city shutdowns. We did implement changes with pick-up drivers – they have to stay in the gate. We try to keep them isolated from warehouse associates because they travel to multiple locations a day.
2. How has your role changed as a result of COVID-19?
Answer: Just making sure everyone is doing what they need to be doing, like keeping their distance. Making sure we wipe down all of our work stations. Sanitize them. And sanitize the machines – everything we touch. It is hard to do because you are trying to get the job done. We do the best we can considering the situation.
3. What has this experience with COVID-19 been like for you personally?
Answer: Personally, I am one of the people who has a little anxiety – like I said earlier, I don’t know if everyone is being responsible. My wife’s immune system is compromised because she has Lupus, and if I get sick, she will get sick and it would be ten times worse for her. That anxiety plays a big role in me being mindful and safe while I am here so I don’t take it home to my loved ones. And really, I try to be responsible and only go home and come here.
4. What do you most look forward to when this Pandemic is over?
Answer: Getting back to business as usual. Being able to interact with your coworkers because they are like family. And social distancing has come between the comradely of your coworkers. People have to stand back instead of “how you doing today”. If someone is coughing or sneezing, you are looking at them different. Just getting back to normal and showing love – it would be great. And actually being able to go to a restaurant.