Monday, November 2, 2009

Preparing for Flu Season-An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure Series

Fall is now in full swing.  There is great importance for all multifamily companies to make sure that you and your staff are fully prepared for this flu season.  The CDC has issued its official documents for business owners.  Its entitled “CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the 2009–2010 Influenza Season”.  Make sure you click through to view the entire PDF document. 
Suffice it to say there is much that needs to be done to educate and train our staff in order to make sure we are as safe as possible and that we are ready to face productivity issues and concerns.  Many corporations are instituting new guidelines and procedures to make sure they are ready.   Here are a few items.

1.        Ask your cleaning company what cleaning products they are using and where.  Ask for a check list of what specifically they are cleaning and with what product.  Make adjustments where necessary.

2.       Make sure there are hand sanitizer stations throughout the office.  Have some available for visitors and residents when they enter the office.

3.       Set up employee policies on what to do when they have flu like symptoms.  Be clear to the staff what will happen if they have to miss work.  Give clear guidelines in order to alleviate any fear.

4.       Create VPN or other similar portals in order for your employees to work from home if they have symptoms but can still continue working if they wish.

5.       Make sure your staff is clearly educated as to what symptoms they need to watchful for so that it is not confused with something else.

You may have others you wish to contribute in the comments below which would be greatly appreciated.  The flux of this post is to make sure we are prepared and show how much we care for our staff.  Our team is everything to us.  Let’s show them how much we care by being proactive instead of reactive.

Written by Jonathan Saar- The Training Factor  
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