Remote learning hits Oklahoma company hard

A home cleaning service company that serves the Oklahoma City area has eight employees, but it’s lost half of them this week as staff had to stay home and help children with remote learning.The company’s owner told KOCO 5 this could set them back months.”If we don’t work, of course, we don’t get paid. And, unfortunately, my company isn’t big enough to give them compensation for just staying home or even going to get tests,” said Emi Watanabe, owner of A+ Clean Lifestyle.Watanabe said her staff tried to find babysitters or tutors, but it’d cost a whole day’s work.”I thought maybe they could bring the kids here while they’re working and I’m doing paperwork and stuff, but that’s eight kids. And I’d have to watch the online school. I thought, ‘I cannot do that,'” Watanabe said.She’s considering lending them money, but now her customers also are calling out sick.”Yesterday was three cancellations related to COVID,” Watanabe said.The small cleaning company is left with no choice but to push appointments back.”So, I tried to put the canceled houses for the next day, but it’s the same thing – one by one,” Watanabe said.That left staff with more cleaning to do for the same price. Watanabe is worried about what will happen if things don’t go back to normal fast.”Hoping it’s not a month or two months because who’s going to pay the bills? The landlord doesn’t wait. The utility company doesn’t wait. But, we don’t have the money coming in, so that’s the scary thing,” she said.A+ Clean Lifestyle still accepts new customers but warns there is a waitlist, so it could take some time to get to you. Click here for more information about the company.

A home cleaning service company that serves the Oklahoma City area has eight employees, but it’s lost half of them this week as staff had to stay home and help children with remote learning.

The company’s owner told KOCO 5 this could set them back months.

“If we don’t work, of course, we don’t get paid. And, unfortunately, my company isn’t big enough to give them compensation for just staying home or even going to get tests,” said Emi Watanabe, owner of A+ Clean Lifestyle.

Watanabe said her staff tried to find babysitters or tutors, but it’d cost a whole day’s work.

“I thought maybe they could bring the kids here while they’re working and I’m doing paperwork and stuff, but that’s eight kids. And I’d have to watch the online school. I thought, ‘I cannot do that,'” Watanabe said.

She’s considering lending them money, but now her customers also are calling out sick.

“Yesterday was three cancellations related to COVID,” Watanabe said.

The small cleaning company is left with no choice but to push appointments back.

“So, I tried to put the canceled houses for the next day, but it’s the same thing – one by one,” Watanabe said.

That left staff with more cleaning to do for the same price. Watanabe is worried about what will happen if things don’t go back to normal fast.

“Hoping it’s not a month or two months because who’s going to pay the bills? The landlord doesn’t wait. The utility company doesn’t wait. But, we don’t have the money coming in, so that’s the scary thing,” she said.

A+ Clean Lifestyle still accepts new customers but warns there is a waitlist, so it could take some time to get to you. Click here for more information about the company.

https://www.koco.com/article/oklahoma-small-cleaning-company-employees-out-remote-learning/38768532