In the eighties I used to have a fond affection for the My Sharona song by The Knack. With the recent discovery and subsequent media-led info-demic known as the Coronavirus, it is certainly not business as usual.
Planning for the inevitable outbreak of coronavirus to a location near you, your firm should be thinking proactively on how you might mitigate business interruptions. How many of your people could work remotely as need be? Are you prepared from an IT perspective to make that happen? Have you equipped your HR departments with directions on what to do with those employees who come to work with observable symptoms? These folks, corona or not, cause people to be on edge. Perhaps it is best to send them home for a day or two. What are your sick leave benefits? Thirty-three percent of the working class have none. If you have them, have you considered letting employees dip negatively into paid sick leave if they were to become sick or quarantined?
The experts tell us that coronavirus is not an if, but a when. Being proactive in considering your pandemic strategy will put you ahead of the game and your employees will thank you for it.