Flu crisis tips for businesses
By Sheryl Jean
The Dallas Morning News
Dealing with a potential health crisis is new territory for many companies.
Companies should prepare for a possible swine flu outbreak that could affect absenteeism and productivity, said Debra Squyres, director of human capital consulting at TriNet in Dallas. Times such as this may require employers to modify their time-off and telecommuting policies, she said.
TriNet and Chicago-based job placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. suggest these tips for companies:
Create a crisis response plan.
Supply anti-bacterial soap and wipes for employees to regularly wash hands and clean their work areas, phones, keyboards and mice.
Make sure sick employees stay home or go home — and see a doctor.
Provide or subsidize flu shots or Tamiflu.
Limit meetings or replace them with conference calls and video conferencing.
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