We are finishing another week with the majority of us working from home. As our news and lives remain focused on COVID-19, I want to take time to highlight those who have responded to the crisis in extraordinary ways.
First off, we are all incredibly grateful to the first responders and medical professionals working around the clock to help those in need. If you have family members or friends serving in these critical roles, please send a special thank you from me and all of Omnicom.
I also want to recognize you, our agencies and our people, for continuing to work seamlessly despite the challenges. Whether you are working from home, in the office, or are providing essential support services, I thank you for your ongoing commitment and tireless efforts.
Next week will be like the last few weeks as we ask most of you to continue to work from home or where your work happens to be. We also ask you to abide by all existing travel restrictions and follow the guidance of your national, local and city regulatory authorities. With this in mind, I want to reemphasize your work-life balance and the importance of finding a routine that doesn’t overwhelm your day. Where possible, keep your schedule to workday hours, blocking off time before and after work, taking time for breaks and lunchtime, and communicating with your team when you need uninterrupted time to work on an assignment.
As we continue to shelter at home and practice proper social distancing, our colleagues are the people we’re spending the most time with during the week, even if it is virtually. With so much going on in both our personal lives and our work, our days and weeks seem longer than usual. During such times, the kindness and understanding we show each other is more meaningful than ever before. Let’s continue to support one another by recognizing work well done and celebrating the accomplishments of our colleagues. I also encourage you to seek the advice of your agency leadership or HR leaders to take advantage of the many health benefit programs our company offers. Maintaining our physical and mental well-being is one of the most important things all of us can do.
Lastly, I have been extremely appreciative of the feedback I have received from across the world during the past few weeks. The virus has been impacting our markets in different ways and across varying timelines, and many of you have shared invaluable insights as we continue to adjust and strengthen our strategies moving forward. I urge those of you in countries that are beginning to return to working in your offices to share your experiences with the rest of your network. Your knowledge and perspective will help others and offer hope.
As much as you possibly can, please take this weekend to relax and recharge. Most importantly, please make sure to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
My sincerest thanks,