London, United Kingdom, September 17, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Unless your organisation is fairly large, having a proportion of staff off sick at any one time is bound to cause resource problems. But there are some really simple, straightforward, common sense things people can do to minimise the risk of swine flu infection and spread.
We can only guess what will happen next during the current swine flu pandemic. So knowledge is more powerful than ever before. In a competitive market, businesses whose leaders and staff take common sense measures to stay safe will be at a significant commercial advantage over those whose staff all go off sick at once.
Search New Scientist magazine's database and you'll find more than 250 entries about Swine Flu. So far the disease is behaving much as the scientists expected. The first wave, predominantly affecting North America and the UK, died out during late summer. Then, as the Southern hemisphere's winter flu season kicked in, the disease hit Argentina and Australia.
Things have gone quiet for now. But scientists predict that there are more 'waves' of swine flu to come. They'll be keeping their eyes peeled for surges in cases this autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere. But this time it could get nasty. As more people become immune to the current strain of H1N1, the disease will almost certainly evolve. As a result the effects could be substantially worse.
Scientific American magazine recently reported that swine flu has even managed to find and infect some of the Amazon's most remote tribes of indigenous Indians, with seven members of the Matsigenka tribe catching the disease in the farthest reaches of Peru's Amazon. Swine flu is obviously highly infectious. We all know that. But is your business prepared? Are you and your staff fully aware of all the actions you can take to minimise the risk of infection? If you run a business, do you know enough about the disease to be able to take sensible precautions and - hopefully - keep your commercial show on the road?
UK business Incus Systems has pitched in, releasing a comprehensive Swine Flu business pack specially designed to forewarn - and forearm - British businesses and their staff against the risks of swine flu infection.
Knowledge is power. Ed-Belegal/blog's Swine Flu pack delivers all the information and background knowledge a business needs in order to protect staff from catching Swine Flu. All in a palatable, entertaining, crystal clear plain language format. If you and your staff have the information they need to take care of themselves and their families as far as possible when the next wave hits, your organisation will be better placed to weather the storm.
"Our info pack contains managers’ guides, employee communications, posters and screen savers," says Phil Gowan, Managing Director at Incus Systems. "We believe that everyone concerned with a business should be fully aware of best practice. Only then can people pull together to keep things afloat. In a wobbly economy it's vital to plan for every eventuality. You might have survived the downturn so far, only to find that your livelihood is finally killed off by swine flu this winter."
But is all this preparation worth the bother? "The scientists say yes" Gowan insists. "Humans have only studied three flu pandemics, all of which took place in the last century. We know very little about pandemic behaviour before that. We just know that pandemics tend to come in waves. And that the second and third waves are usually nastier than the first. But that's about it. In an unpredictable world we believe safe is much, much better than sorry!"
Information for Editors
· The Swine Flu action pack and quiz has been released to UK businesses this week
· The company website is at: www.ed-belegal.com
· Download the swine flu business pack at: www.ed-belegal.com/blog
· Incus Systems creates high quality end to end HR & Business web based solutions designed to reduce cost, manage risk and improve efficiency