5 Practices to Adopt for Your Business Amidst the Global Pandemic, Coronavirus
Over the past few months, there has been a rapid increase in the rate of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Already, thousands of cases have been recorded globally with a few confirmed cases in Nigeria according to the NCDC. News on the pandemic is on everyone’s lips and health experts are yet to find a precise treatment.
What is Coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Recently labelled a global pandemic by WHO, the COVID-19 has cost several lives, and many businesses. It is then pertinent to understand precautionary measures that can be taken to tackle this disease while still maintaining business continuity and productivity.
We have created a list of key practices you can adopt to ensure your business continuity.
Educate Employees Regularly
Companies should provide information to employees on the avoidance, symptoms and management of Coronavirus. Information from the website of the CDC, OSHA and WHO are some resources that can be shared with employees over internal communication tools, such as emails and intranets. Ongoing communication with employees will create confidence that measures are being put in place to protect the business from the Coronavirus outbreak.
Encourage Sick Employees to Stay at Home
When an employee calls in sick, mainly where the symptoms are associated with COVID-19, employers must take caution and encourage those employees to stay at home. CDC guidance explicitly advises that employers should send workers who appear to have signs of an acute respiratory condition home immediately.
Promote Healthy Practices
Employees should be advised to take part in safe activities, like regular washing of hands and frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. These resources must be made available in specific areas of the workplace and the office environment should be cleaned regularly and at all times.
Support Online Meetings
There are ways to keep your business running without decreasing productivity. Businesses today should encourage remote work while providing employees with the required tools.
Suspend or Limit Business Trips
Limit or explore a temporary ban on business trips to countries affected by the virus or with the risk of the Coronavirus transmission.
In summary, employers should recognize that Nigeria is still in the process of understanding measures necessary for the prevention and treatment of the Coronavirus. We encourage you to follow these practices of awareness, healthy hygiene and online collaboration to ensure your business productivity as usual.