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COVID-19: managing risks, protecting employees & guidance on self-isolation

In the last few weeks, the news has rapidly been filling with reports on the outbreak of confirmed cases of a new strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan City, China.

One of the biggest issues for businesses arising from COVID-19 is how to manage the need for employees to self-isolate.

In the meantime, it would be sensible to review your current hygiene practices to make sure that you are taking all reasonable steps to reduce the risk of people spreading illness at work. This will include reminding staff that they should:

  • Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • Wash hands with soap and water often (or sanitizer gel where this is not available)
  • Avoid close contact with unwell people
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth with their hands if they are unclean

You may also want to step up cleaning practices within the business and supply additional alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Click here to learn more and download your free Coronavirus Procedure Document.

I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?

If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.

Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.

Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.

To download and install Open Office;

  1. Go to
  2. On the left hand side, click 'I want to download Open Office'. In the green box, click the main link which starts with 'Start downloading'
    • Windows Only:When the program has downloaded, click Install and wait for the program to install.
    • MAC OSX Only:When the program has downloaded, a notification box will pop up with an arrow from the Open Office Icon to the Applications Folder in Finder, drag the icon to the Applications folder to install the program.
  3. You are now ready to use Open Office, and the documents you have purchased from us.