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Batten Down the Hatches: Keeping Your Business Going During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted by HRdownloads on Mar 5, 2020 11:30:00 AM

The world’s medical establishment is struggling to contain the COVID-19 virus, a novel strain of coronavirus. When a significant outbreak like this occurs, governments tighten travel and impose quarantines, and healthcare professionals begin researching effective treatments and countermeasures.

Organizations outside of the medical establishment and government are also reacting as the virus begins to affect employee attendance, international business travel, and supply chain management. Organizations must have well-defined and effective business continuity plans in order to reduce the repercussions of COVID-19 on their operations.

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Topics: crisis communication, crisis

In Case of Emergency, What Next? Perfecting Your Preparedness Plan

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 26, 2018 2:30:00 PM

A natural disaster is one of the worst crises any company can face, especially when one prompts a prolonged office closure. The recent wild fires in British Columbia or the flooding in New Brunswick are major examples of this scale of disaster. When natural disasters strike, they can affect every facet of people’s lives, including their work. For many, getting back to work as soon as possible is essential to their personal recovery; your employees need to know when it’s safe to go to work, and need to trust their employers are managing the situation. In the face of a natural disaster, what will your organization do? Do you have a plan for the first minutes? What about the first hours? What happens if the disaster lasts for days, or your workplace is seriously affected?

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Topics: Health and Safety, crisis communication

Keep Calm and Communicate: Managing Employees During a Crisis

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 11, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Reflecting on the Second World War, Winston Churchill is known to have remarked, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” The quotation suggests that when the unexpected happens, or when your best laid plans go awry—perhaps especially then—you should take some time to consider what happened and how you could improve your response in the future. Of course, you don’t need to wait until after a crisis to think about how you will respond to a future challenge. When business is going well, it may seem impossible that a crisis could rock your organization, yet we can’t always see a crisis coming. Having a crisis response strategy in place will help you prepare for when the unpredictable occurs.

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Topics: managing employees, crisis communication

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