Well no doubt by now most organisations are running round ensuring that they are prepared should the present swine flu outbreak become pandemic. Lets hope not. From personal experience here are the things that people tend to not think about when planning:
- If childcare facilities close parents won’t get to a normal place of work or be able to work normal hours.
- More employees than you think may be called away from work to support statutory authorities due to their involvement in voluntary activities which may be called upon (certainly in the UK several voluntary agencies are included in the Civil Contingencies Act: St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, Salvation Army and WRVS).
- Are your managers and team leads ready for distributed teams (many will be but many won’t be)?
- Can people who use desktop computers do their work from their home computer?
- …. there’ll be more!