As a business owner, how can you keep your business running smoothly during a pandemic?
Pandemic planning has received renewed attention with the emergence and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As with epidemics and pandemics throughout history, the COVID-19 outbreak has raised healthcare, business and governmental policy questions that affect employers and employees.
Although planning can be time-consuming, the price of not having a robust preparedness plan in place can be costly. A competent plan requires a multi-layered response that can be executed over weeks, months and even years. To be effective, the plan should be an evolving document that is reviewed and updated on a regular basis. In some situations, a policy change may only be temporary, which the employer should communicate clearly to its employees and business associates.
Whenever any widespread virus, bacterium or other biological threat is presented, employers should take care to protect their human resources and their future business operations. Employers should anticipate that they will periodically face epidemics and other biological threats and take proactive steps to protect their employees and their organizations.
A business continuity plan is a logistical plan that details how an organization will operate when critical business functions are disrupted during a disaster or a pandemic, such as the current COVID-19 outbreak. A crisis such as the current pandemic can precipitate confusion, and even panic, among employees and even managers. A plan can assist your executives and managers in responding in an orderly, efficient and effective way. A plan mitigates disruption to your business by allowing certain decisions to be made along predetermined guidelines, eliminating critical delays in responding to the threat.
Employers should prepare for the possibility that a large portion of their workforce may be unable to work during a pandemic or other type of disaster. The employer's plan should be the solution to this problem and other issues arising from the situation.
Questions that should be answered include:
*How many absences can we handle before business operations are interrupted?
*How do we keep operations running during an interruption?
*What changes can we make to keep the business running effectively, while protecting our employees?
If you are a small to mid-size employer and need assistance with planning or have any other questions related to the COVID-19 virus and your business, we are here to help. Please contact us at email@example.com or (859) 568-4499.