Loss of Workforce – Where’d Everyone Go?
Human Resource professionals must analyze on a state by state/country-by-country basis the company’s current policies and benefit plans and their ability to address employees’ communicable illness related work, health, and disability needs.
The Impact of Communicable Illness
In assessing the impact communicable illness may have on a given workforce, Firestorm assists organizations in Human Resource planning for a communicable illness outbreak or pandemic. It is possible that a company’s workforce could be depleted by 40% or more at any given time during a pandemic. The impact and recovery could last 18 to 24 months (depending on the amount of time the disease takes to run its course).
The majority of steps needed to prepare for this risk are operational. Human Resource issues such as how employers plan to address screening, monitoring, leave, absenteeism and other processes and policies involving their workforce are critical and have strategic implications. In making plans, employers will confront many federal and state regulatory challenges that must be considered.
Unlike the disasters for which that most companies plan, a communicable illness/pandemic will not primarily affect equipment and facilities, but rather the people companies depend upon to produce products and services. Additionally, the current assumptions about a pandemic’s duration push the boundaries of most existing absence-from-work policies. Therefore, organizations must thoroughly examine their human resource management practices and policies, refining and/or implementing policies that address the long timeline of a pandemic event.
Our Approach for Managing Loss of Workforce Risk
PREDICT: REVIEW EXISTING POLICIES & BENEFITS
PLAN: DEVELOP PLANS AND PROCEDURES
- Develop a Compensation Plan
- Develop Cross Training/Staffing Strategies
- Develop an Employee Wellness Strategy
- Develop a Communications Plan
- Develop Communicable Illness Polices
- Develop a Recovery Strategy
PERFORM: TRAIN AND TEST PLANS
MANAGE/ELIMINATE/MITIGATE THE EFFECT OF RISKS THROUGH “PREACTION”
- Perform Test Exercises
- Train Employees for Work and Home
- Cross Train for Essential Functions
- Keep Employees Well
- Implement Recovery Strategy
- Utilize Resources
This Program includes:
- Cleaning Policy
- Hygiene Policy
- Social Distancing Policy