Minimizing the Impact of H1N1 on Businesses
Maintaining Business Continuity with Visual Communications
According to the World Health Organization, the swine flu (influenza H1N1) has reached pandemic proportions worldwide, infecting more than 414,000 people, causing nearly 5000 deaths. In light of the heightened concerns, executives worldwide are being forced to dust off their business continuity plan and revisit their policies.
When the virus first hit Mexico in 2009, many businesses were forced to completely shut down as people were encouraged to stay at home. While some may say we're better prepared for a large-scale outbreak today then we were then, the threat of operations being crippled is still a real possibility and concern.
To prepare, businesses of all sizes are investigating ways to keep their operations running successfully in any situation. Telework has emerged as one of the best solutions to help safeguard against the detrimental impact of H1N1, as it allows business continuity without physical risks of contamination to illness. While telework is a great alternative, organizations must be sensitive to the fact that working remotely can result in employees feeling isolated and processes becoming muddled due to the inefficiencies of conference calls and email communication.
According to Dr. Robert C. Chandler, an expert on organizational behavior and communication during human health crises, "Preparedness and communication are the foundation to any effective plan. Given the widespread risk of H1N1, businesses with the ability to maintain communication via virtual face-to-face connectivity will undoubtedly come out ahead."
Here are three of the benefits of incorporating visual communications into your business continuity plans:
Influenza, including the H1N1 swine flu, is primarily spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes. Tele-work helps reduce the risk of catching and spreading H1N1 in multiple ways:
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