- 5 steps for basic prevention
- 5 ways to practice comprehensive prevention
- 3 ways to minimize financial hardship
In the event of a pandemic like the coronavirus, there’s a lot of uncertainty—especially in the workplace. You might not know how to keep your employees and customers safe and your business afloat yet. All you know is that toilet paper is hard to come by and health organizations are encouraging anyone who’s sick to stay home.
First, don’t panic. Panic creates fear, and fear results in rash decisions. Keep a close eye on the websites of health organizations for real-time updates, developments, and recommendations.
Then develop a task force —one person or a team of employees dedicated to tracking the progression of the disease and keeping workers safe. The task force should monitor the situation closely, communicate updates to employees regularly, and answer any questions workers might have.
This task force should also be responsible for creating an epidemic health policy. The policy should detail when you expect employees to stay home, any travel precautions they must take, and who to talk to if they have questions or concerns.
Of course, these policies vary and ultimately need to work for your business and your employees. When in doubt, start with the recommendations of health organizations.
Once you’ve taken a few deep breaths and organized your task force, turn your focus to prevention.