Since this year has been the year with most unhappening things that happened for the first time and very suddenly. Recently every country’s economy and their businesses suffered with an outbreak of Coronavirus that badly affected both the economy and the industries also it affected the people in the job sector as well. As due to the virus the things happened all of a sudden that people couldn’t prepare for an alternative to save or keep their businesses running, as a result many people had a severe loss in their businesses. On the other hand people with online businesses were in good situation. Throughout the case of an epidemic of infectious disease, for example the recent epidemic of COVID-19, small businesses should prepare themselves for economic interruption and plan to preserve the health and welfare of workers at work.
To prevent your business from further outbreaks or to keep your business safe in case of another virus outbreak the business should take some protective measures like:
- Make a policy for sick employees
Ensure workers are informed of the compliance policies of the organization and designate a member to answer questions when he feels sick. The employees should stay home when they are feeling sick or getting any symptoms that they are sick and just inform the boss through any of their college or through official leave mail and he must provide a sickness certificate in case of a long break.
- Prepare for unexpected absences and establish emergency plans
Rorie Devine CEO and Founder of GRO.TEAM says “The business heads should be prepared for unexpected absences as a person can be sick any time so being as a business man he should have the replacement/backup of that staff member being sick”
- Good housekeeping equals good health
Regular cleanliness of surfaces and area of working helps elimination of germs exposure and prevents the dirt, dust and bacteria to clot on the surfaces. Special thorough and continuous cleaning of surface areas around sinks, food preparing counters and your shelves of food placement areas for easier scrubbing down certain places that are still packed with germs and facilitate fast drying.
- Focus your businesses culture on health
This includes the provision of an annual prevention program to help employees stay healthy and what to do to prevent infectious disease. These type of small seminars should be carried out to teach and for the awareness of your employees.
According to Eric Edelist Founder & CEO of Bizooy.com “Consider prominent places to put posters and distribute awareness pamphlets that tell people to wash hands between meals and after sneezing or coughing”
- Prepare Business Continuity Plans
Prepare a business continuity plan for major absences due to which work in the supply chain gets disturbed so the businesses should have a business continuity plan to prepare themselves when the business operations get disturbed that guides you the ways to run the business when the changes occur.
- Share your future response plans in case of emergencies
If any virus breaks out in areas where you are employed, it is critical that workers recognize their intentions and aspirations.
- Manage exposure
In case if the virus breaks down you are accountable for securing employees and guests at your place of employment. Learn which workers should and cannot operate from home. Develop policy for visitors to reduce infectious disease spread.
- Be ready to deal with customers
You should be ready how to deal with an alternative way with customers in an unexpected situation. Like the business of restaurant’s, the restaurants owners should be aware that some people have the habit to eat from outside, so if the virus breaks down due to which their restaurant gets closed the owners should make plans to still deliver the food. They should not stop takeaway or delivery services for their customers but the staff should take preventive measures before making any food.
- Train your staff to make right use of technology
The business owners should train their staff to make the right use of technology. In any case if work from home is demanded then they should be benefited with the use of technology. Tools like Zoom and Slack are no substitution for face-to – face contact, but they will help you build a system for your work from home.
- Maintain social distancing
As the infection continues to circulate mainly from getting near to sick humans, it is common enough for needless office contact to be avoided. This would be assisted, in particular for those who are sick.
- Check the Travel History
The travel history of the employees working should be checked so as to make sure no infection is transmitted to other employees or customers due to the travelling person.