As a recently hired employee of Phase II, I cannot express the depth of my gratitude for this job and do it justice. When I was told I would be working remotely, I was ecstatic. My immediate thoughts went to NO MORE MASK!, no more being exposed to COVID-19 from outside contacts!, and I won’t tell you my thoughts on my new dress code (let’s just say I dress comfortably).
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I was working in an “essential” position and had to be in the office. We tried for a few months for me to work from home but as that business changed, so did my responsibilities and need to be there. I was the screener for fevers when people walked in the door, my hands were dry from the use of so much hand sanitizer and I was constantly in fear of contracting the virus since I am at high risk if I contract it. I was risking a lot and Phase II was able to help me by employing me.
Many people have lost loved ones to this virus and even more have lost their jobs. While the government has put a freeze on mortgage lenders and landlords from evicting the residents, I fear what will happen to those who will be most effected when that freeze is lifted. According to the Unemployment Rates During the COVID-19 Pandemic: In Brief published by the Congressional Research Service January 12, 2021, unemployment in the U.S. reached a peak of 14.8% in April 2020 and was at 6.7% as of December 2020. In my opinion, employers allowing their employees to work remotely has aided in lowering that rate.
Like everyone else, there are policies that I must abide by for security reasons. My “office” now is in my basement, away from distractions in the home. The trust and possibilities that have been bestowed upon me by the team at Phase II are amazing. I cannot imagine working for a better company that takes care of veterans and their families while serving their mission.