As rare of an event as it might be, protecting your business during an infectious disease outbreak is something that you’ll want to be prepared for in case an infectious disease outbreak does occur. The following are a few tips to help your business prepare for such an event:
- Preventing and controlling an infection – To keep a virus from spreading around your workplace, make sure that you restrict business travel and in-person meetings. Instead, encourage social distancing, implement flexible work arrangements, and promote respiratory etiquette practices.
- Knowing how to communicate – You don’t want to terrify your employees, but you do want to communicate clearly with them. Create a plan to help deliver the proper message to the right people and at the right time.
- Business planning – You should have several plans in place to keep your business from completely shutting down in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. You’ll need to monitor your staffing levels and ensure that critical units will still be able to serve your customers. You may want to have an alternate work place available in the event that employees cannot work in your current location. Leverage remote work capabilities and cross-train your staff. You’ll also need to put into place a contingency plan that accounts for disruptions with vendors who provide essential services.