As a Retired Brigadier General; I wanted to share my insight regarding the conversations I’m having with colleagues, clients and community members about the coronavirus.
On March 2nd the CDC released its most comprehensive update thus far on the coronavirus. To access CLICK here. While the news outlets are providing thorough coverage; the CDC report is the most accurate information available.
- Have a plan if 5-10% of your workforce is out sick. Even healthy employees may find themselves having to care for family members who are ill or take on unexpected care duties if schools and child care facilities close. Communicate your policy regarding sick leave and family leave (even if it’s short term).
- Cross-train to cover those possible absences with a minimal amount of disruption to the organization.
- Implement a TeleWork policy for employees who can work from home if needed. If this is new to your organization; work closely with the IT to ensure this is a seamless process before it goes into effect.
- Proactively encourage sick employees to stay home. This is a common struggle during flu season, but especially in light of the coronavirus, active encouragement to not bring illness into the workplace without stigma for calling out sick is needed.
- Per the CDC report– Routinely clean surfaces such as workstations, counter tops, and doorknobs, and provide the supplies for employees to use throughout the day. Employees should be cognizant that briefcases, purses, keys and cell phones, (items we place on our desks and work spaces) should be cleaned as routinely as our work surfaces. Follow the CDC guidelines. In public areas, (hospitals, public bathrooms, ATM’s, gas stations, keypads at retail stores, etc.); employers need to determine their best practice for employee and public safety when creating a cleaning schedule.
- Consult with your Infection Control and Maintenance Department to decide if routinely cleaning surfaces becomes a 24-hour process. Re-work your budget if needed to pay the required overtime and understand that expenses will rise in respective facilities as this important event is addressed.
- Coordinate with your state and local health officials to ensure you’re receiving and sharing timely and accurate information pertaining to the region(s) your organization operates
I encourage everyone to sign up for these valuable alerts and messages. Read the report(s), follow it and share it with those in your community who may not have access- Specifically the elderly and disabled who may live alone.
Todd Plimpton, JD, MBA, MSS Senior Practice Leader Hunter Ambrose Executive Search firm