The flu could be HR’s biggest workforce problem (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/20/2004

How ready is your organization for a deadly flu outbreak? As we head into the first months of 2005, it’s a question every HR department should be asking.

In fact, plans to respond to a flu crisis should already be in place. If they’re not, get working because time is ticking.

The World Health Organization warned nations last month to get prepared for a global pandemic that could kill as many as 7 million people. The concern is that the bird flu virus that hit Asia this year may turn into a global health issue in the next months. And while the world may be spared this time, many health experts say a pandemic in the near future is inevitable.