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Companies urged to organise end-of-year activities online

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Companies should not host end-of-year parties where their employees come together this year, Belgium’s Crisis Centre warned on Wednesday.

“Normally, informal end-of-year activities are organised in many companies and organisations during this period of the year,” said Crisis Centre spokesperson Yves Stevens. “In the current situation, such activities are too risky.”

“We therefore ask that a safe online alternative be organised or that such activities be moved to a later date, at a safe time,” Stevens said.

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The crisis centre hammered down on the importance of telework, as there has been an increase in work-related mobility. Stevens said that it is “still a very effective measure” to stop the spread of the virus.

“We understand, of course, that it is not always too pleasant to work at home alone and that we are beginning to miss the informal conversations with colleagues at the coffee machine,” he said.

Stevens added that it’s “very understandable” that people are getting fed up with video calls, “but teleworking is, at this stage, a very effective measure to slow down the spread of the virus.”

Not holding an end-of-year party would be in line with the current rules on how Belgians can celebrate Christmas.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times