Some common strategies employers are using or planning to limit spread of swine flu among their workforce and keep operations going normally:
— Posting information about the swine flu, including tips on hygiene and overall healthy behavior aimed at preventing infection, at the work site or on the company intranet.
— Giving hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes to employees or placing them in major traffic areas.
— Limiting in-person meetings and instead opting for teleconferences.
— Encouraging social distancing, such as not shaking hands.
— Cross-training employees to cover critical functions.
— Planning to shift work from hard-hit locations to other facilities.
— Stocking up on protective face masks.
— Stepping up office facility cleaning, particularly in “high-touch” areas.
— Telling workers to stay home if they are ill, generally until a day after their fever breaks.
— Allowing telecommuting for staff members who must stay home to care for relatives sick with swine flu.
— Drills to verify that computer systems can handle a sharp increase in those working remotely.
Source: AP interviews.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.