Henny Penny chairman and CEO, Rob Connelly, has penned an open letter to the company’s office employees after welcoming them back following a year of remote working.
Mr Connelly said he was “excited” to reunite Henny Penny’s team for the first time in 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He explained that the timing of the decision was down to the fact that the manufacturer feels it can now bring staff back safely, the company is better together and it will rekindle a sense of community.
“We have been operating our manufacturing operation safely since April 6, 2020,” he wrote. “Our original thinking was that it was safer for our production employees to have fewer people on our campus (and at that point, it probably was!). I want to reiterate our deep appreciation for our frontline manufacturing teams who have been working on-site throughout the pandemic.
“Based on what we know now, the measures we’ve taken to modify workspaces, and the procedures we’ve put in place, we feel confident that we can bring people back safely and not introduce increased risk. Another positive outcome is that, where circumstances allow, we’re likely to see some hybrid remote/onsite arrangements to support work-life balance and flexibility.”
Mr Connelly said that when everyone is together, people are better able to collaborate and support one another, and be more effective.
“Plus, we like each other and enjoy being together, which creates a lot of positive energy and supports our culture. So many parts of being in the office – like spontaneous hallway conversations, non-Ring Central meetings, brainstorming sessions – are so valuable and just can’t be replicated virtually. Plus, we feel the sense of togetherness supports our employees’ social health and well-being.”
Mr Connelly stressed that the decision to bring staff back and welcome visitors to its offices again “doesn’t mean we think the pandemic is over”.
“We’ll continue to follow all the procedures we’ve put in place to keep each other healthy and safe. We are confident in taking this important step forward. We also are hopeful and believe that through our strength and endurance, we will thrive.”
He ended by reporting that Henny Penny’s business has bounced back from the worst of the crisis last year.
“From being down over 80% last April to currently running at full capacity, we are as busy as we have ever been in our history. The Roaring 20s are coming, and we are preparing! There is so much excitement and people can’t wait to get back out and be together, be it a restaurant, event, vacation, ballgame, or whatever. The future is bright, and we are happy to be back!”