Employers heard the word “pandemic” more often then they’d ever imagined during last year’s outbreak of the H1N1 strain of the flu, also known as Swine Flu. While the World Health Organization declared an end to the H1N1 pandemic in June 2010, employers should still be aware of the ways that a pandemic can impact a workforce. The flu is not the only reason to have a pandemic policy in place in your office.
MSNBC has just reported three cases of a new “superbug” in the United States. The bug is actually a gene that is capable of being easily incorporated into many bacteria. Once the gene has been incorporated into a strain of bacteria, the bacteria become resistant to nearly all antibiotics, including doctors’ antibiotics of last resort.
With this newest of medical scares, employers should once again revisit the idea of a pandemic policy. If your business does not have one, consider one of the many policies available online, from your attorneys, or from human resources consultants. If you already have a policy, make sure your employees are properly trained to comply with the policy—it won’t work if they don’t follow it! In today’s ever-more-connected world, pandemics are a reality of life. But they don’t have to cripple your business.