As new information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes available, the #CoronaChamber encourages employers to monitor and heed advice from the CDC and reputable agencies to minimize the spread and protect employees and the community. It's important to strategize now how you will handle potential interruptions in your business to ensure smooth operations.
Some tips to consider:
- If you don't yet have a plan, make one now
- Make it flexible and ask for employee input
- Encourage employees to stay home if they are sick
- Consider telecommuting and other strategies
- Cross train on essential functions
- Anticipate fear, anxiety, and misinformation
- Minimize close contact between employees and the public
- Have ample hand washing stations or sanitizer strategically placed
- Establish a communication plan for both employees and clients/customers
- Share best practices with other businesses
- Stay up to date on the evolving COVID-19 threat
- Reputable resources include: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CalChamber, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Association for Chamber of Commerce Executives. Each of these sites have great information on where things currently stand, crisis management, and more.
Here are two easy to follow guides on what the virus is, what signs to look for, and how to protect oneself and others. Click here for workplace tips for employees, and click here for a guide for employers.
Read an update now on California's preparedness.