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Stay Safe From The H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu: Keeping A Business Alive Through The Pandemic

Updated on April 29, 2009

"Here's the problem, where's the opportunity?" That is an old business saying and it has never been more true than in a pandemic situation. There are some sectors of business that will do better than others during a pandemic, however if you are the owner or operator of a business, you must be more sanguine about the survival of your business than just leaving it to the whims of a few microns of viral matter. You cannot just accept that since you are in a sector that will tank that you must just go down with the ship. There are ways to better the odds in your favor. Some may border on the opportunistic or downright unethical, but business has always been survival of the fittest.

If you are squeamish about the steps that can be taken by a corporation to ensure that it will surface from the other side of a global pandemic you might want to stop reading now. This is not a pollyannaish golly gee whillikers "corporations should do everything to help people selflessly regardless of the bottom line" piece of pie in the sky pap. This is a hard-nosed and merciless analysis of what Draconian steps the executives of companies can take right now in order to ensure that they have the best chance of keeping their businesses alive and thriving through a global pandemic... even at the cost of their competitors or their suppliers who may fall by the wayside.

Implementing a plan for your business to be prepared for a pandemic is a complex process which will be different for every company and has many steps: The first and foremost is to ensure the health and welfare as well as the continuity of your personnel. Your business is only as good as its people and if they are all sick and at home, you have no business.

It is extremely important to put into place every precaution that you legitimately can to keep your workforce healthy: Your company may want to consider the issuance of respirators and rubber gloves to the workforce and ensure that they are well informed as to how best to utilize them. Training your staff in through and complete handwashing and hygiene procedures to be carried out not just at work but at home can reap significant benefits to all involved.

A company pandemic plan should also attempt to discourage social contact outside of the workplace to hold down the possibility of cross-infection to the highest degree possible. All of the areas in your workplace where your personnel come into direct contact with customers should be properly secure and separated: You are implementing the pandemic precautions properly if the sole face to face contact with your customers in your facility takes place through intercoms and hermetically sealed glass and intercoms.

Don't think that this will "turn off" your clients. If it is clearly specified that it is a pandemic precaution and it is not only for the protection off your personnel from incoming virus transmission, but also to prevent any viruses in your staff infecting the customers, that could actually turn out to be a positive impression on your clients.

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