High cost to doing nothing with H1N1

Business case for pandemic preparation similar to that for wellness programs
By Amin Mawani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/05/2010

In the midst of the H1N1 pandemic, human resources departments have been struggling with how much evidence to demand before allowing employees, who report flu symptoms, to stay away from work.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends employees who think they have the H1N1 virus to stay home — without seeking a doctor’s confirmation. Most businesses have sided with such prevention measures to avoid the worst-case scenario of a sick employee infecting many more employees.

Recognizing employees are the key profit drivers in most businesses, the H1N1 outbreak will likely see many businesses taking steps to ensure they have a strong and stable workforce during future pandemics.