H1N1 Swine Flu and Remote Working

The CDC predicts your workforce may suffer a 40% absenteeism rate due to employee illness and caring for family members. You will be impacted whether you are a single person business or a worker in a ten thousand employee company.

“Everbridge, the world’s recognized leader in incident notification systems, merges technology with industry expertise to help millions of people communicate in a crisis, manage operational incidents and connect on a daily basis.”

You might not ever consider using a resource management and communications solution of the magnitude of Everbridge, but information on their website about managing business continuity during the impact of this year’s flu epidemic is a must read.

Remote working will not necessarily provide all of the solution to your response effort. If you’ve had the flu in the past, you know how impossible work becomes during your time with the flu or while you care for family members with the flu.

Work responsibility must be shared and clear divisions of labor with clear definition of task failover must be in place to survive the impact of this year’s flu crisis.

During October and November, many people whom you work with will become ill or need to care for family members that are ill. Remote working solutions can be deployed in a matter of minutes but business continuity planning takes time and effort.

You must act now to mitigate damage to your business.

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