Flu Season Hits US: Seven Steps You Can Take to Prepare Your Business and Employees
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: The
2012-2013 flu season arrived earlier than usual. As the nation braces for
increased flu activity, now is the time to prepare yourself, your business, and
your employees. Not only is prevention important for physical health, it may
impact your bottom line if your staff are out sick. Here are some tips to help
you avoid illness and maintain business continuity.
1. Identify a Workplace
person would be the single point of contact for all issues relating to a flu
outbreak and be responsible for reaching out to community health providers and
implementing protocols for dealing with ill employees - in advance of any
outbreak or impact on the business.
2. Examine Policies for Leave,
Telework and Employee Compensation - Obviously this will vary by business, but
the emphasis here is on refreshing yourself and your employees about what your
company's health care plans cover in the event of sick leave as a result of the
flu. You should also re-evaluate leave policies to ensure a flexible
non-punitive plan that allows for impacted individuals to stay at home.
Employees may also need to stay at home to care for sick children or telework in
the event of school closures - so be prepared for this by implementing
appropriate teleworking infrastructures in advance.
3. Post signs or host a flu
vaccination clinic for employees – the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) provides free posters
and stock content for your employee newsletter that will remind staff about flu
vaccinations and other safety precautions. The CDC also recommends holding a flu
vaccination clinic for your employees, among other strategies, for ensuring your
employees have access to the seasonal flu vaccine. The CDC
Flu Toolkit for Businesses provides
all of these great resources.
4. Identify Essential Employees,
Essential Business Functions, and Other Critical Inputs - Make plans to maintain communication and
ensure clear work direction with critical personnel and vendors (and even
customers) in the event that the supply chain is broken or other unpredictable
5. Share your Flu and other Pandemic
Plans with Employees and Clearly Communicate Expectations - Consider posting a bi-lingual version of
your preparedness plan, leave information, health tips, and other flu awareness
resources across all your work locations and online if you operate an
6. Prepare Business Continuity
Absenteeism or other work place changes need to be addressed early on so you can
maintain business operations. Get tips on common sense measures your business
can take from SBA.gov/Prepare.
7. Establish an Emergency
Communication Plan -
Hopefully your business already has some form of emergency communication plan.
If not, document your key business contacts (with back-ups), the chain of
communications (including suppliers and customers), and processes for tracking
and communicating business and employee status.
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