Pandemic Preparedness Planning
The Chamber has been preparing some communications and reference tools for our members in regards to Pandemic Preparedness, including access to the Chamber's own plan. We, too, are a small business of 15 people and we are pleased to be able to share our Pandemic Preparedness Plan as well as other resources we have found useful that you can use for your own planning.
While the flu sounds scary, and it is, preparation is the key to dealing with it. Employees need to feel their employers are prepared and looking out for their well-being, as well as the company's. The challenge will be for employers to be able to pay non-salaried staff for the time they'll be off. But, if your staff can work from home, you might be able to come up with some kind of compromise - much like we hope to do with the Chamber staff. They may not be "in residence", but still may be able to churn out some productivity, depending on individual circumstances.
People are encouraged to isolate themselves for seven days should they show symptoms. If they do not have security around income, they'll be incented to come into the workplace and potentially spread the virus to other workers; which becomes problematic as it could further reduce the workforce, and infect anyone with whom they might come into contact.
Click to read the Chamber's Pandemic Preparedness Plan