This week, the news has been about the swine flu, which has resurfaced aggressively and is now affecting communities throughout the world, killing more than 150 people in Mexico. Of course, it should be noted that the more common seasonal influenza causes approximately 36,000 deaths in the United States each year, just to keep things in perspective.
But it’s a good time to ask about illnesses in the workplace. According to CCH Workplace Analyst Heidi Henson, JD, “A pandemic could affect as many as 40 percent of the workforce during periods of peak illness.” Experts say that businesses should prepare a pandemic influenza plan in order to prepare for health emergencies involving their staff.
Does your company have such a plan in place? How do you feel about co-workers coming to work when they are obviously sick? Have you ever gone to work when you knew you were ill?