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  1. DavidRS4

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    We have been a bit crazy the last few weeks. I run an IT consulting firm and about 70% of our clients are in healthcare all over the country.

    First we had a huge rush to transition many staff to work at home and now we are dealing with changing access due to massive layoffs at our clients.

    Many of the specialists (ophthalmology, podiatry, dental, orthopedic, etc) are only seeing emergency patients and have laid off 60 to 80% of their staff.

    Hope everyone is taking this seriously and staying safe.
     
  2. absostone

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    Wow that’s a high percentage. So you mean to say that a Dr. office can’t pay the staff for a week off?
     
  3. ferrariwithsnowtires

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    It’s going to be more than a week

    I work in biotech/pharma

    everyone who walks in to a medical facility is a suspect for having exposure

    if the patient is being touched, stuck with a needle, etc there is risk of exposure to the staff
     
  4. absostone

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    I was talking about pay.
     
  5. ferrariwithsnowtires

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    Exactly, no business and no expectation of business soon and owners cut non fixed costs first
     
  6. absostone

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    I understand. Years agoI always covered my guys. But now I know it was wrong to.
     
  7. ferrariwithsnowtires

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    You are a good guy
    I am in no way saying that dumping staff is right, but it does happen
    The stuff that kind of annoys me is the guy who runs Jam productions, the big concert shop in town sends an email to his concert going database asking them to contribute funds for the staff he dumped
     
  8. absostone

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    Well I guess the bigger the Business the larger the appetite in cash to keep it running. So if you donate do they get something in return later? I doubt it
     
  9. ferrariwithsnowtires

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    Everything is case by case
    The small operator with tight margins may have not have sufficient cash to keep paying folks
    If you have specialized staff and you dump them then good luck trying to get new folks when the situation normalizes
    Regarding Jam, I didn’t see anything about what we will do to thank you for supporting our now on the street staff
     
  10. absostone

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    Yes you are correct about specialized staff. Good marble and granite workers were in high demand until mid 2000s and they would leave to go work somewhere else for .50cents more. So I would give paid holidays and paid vacation
     
  11. gh0st0

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    Business as usual here, partially remote and in office until this is over, still surprised on how many other people are on the road. Hasn’t shortened my commute by maybe 10 mins
     
  12. absostone

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    Really, I went into Wrigleyville ? last Wednesday. and it was a 30 minute drive from 90 and 355 at 7 am.
     
  13. gh0st0

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    I commute down 12 into the suburbs, definitely less people on the roads but must be the wrong ones still on it
     
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  14. absostone

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    So any chance we will get together again this summer ? Even if dressed in medical gear? LOL
     
  15. topcarbon

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    Imagine popping
    Out of my Countach in a hazmat suit.
    If people are fighting over masks I would be flamed I’m sure
     
  16. absostone

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    You would look like a F'n Alien if you were in a Hazmat suit jumping out of the red spaceship
     
  17. gh0st0

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    Just join in on any of those social distance or car meet ups
     
  18. absostone

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    Yea true lets see how it goes
     
  19. topcarbon

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    I will be at my house in central Illinois next week.
    We can meet in the middle of you want
    To go drive and lunch
     
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  20. absostone

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    That's cool , im not really a week day guy BUT, Let me ask you,,,, how far do you drive your classics from home?,, Actually how far away does anyone here drive the classics from home?
     
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  21. topcarbon

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    in my Ferrari last summer I drove to the upper part of Wisconsin and then to central Wisconsin which was about 500 miles total.
     
  22. absostone

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    What year car?
     
  23. topcarbon

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    1977 308gtb
     
  24. absostone

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    Damn you drove that far in that. In the Summer? The ac actually works? Id never make it
     
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  25. topcarbon

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    ac works, and no challenges.
    it was fun. would i do this with the countach? i drove from Milwaukee to my other home(about 250 miles) also without issue.
    it rained a little day. That was stressful part
     
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