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December 1, 2009

Employers Play “Dr. Mom” to Control Spread of Flu at Work

Filed under: General HR Buzz5:37 am

It may not be chicken soup and a warm blanket, but US businesses are spending time and money trying to limit the impact of the H1N1 flu on daily operations.

Considering that the CDC estimates every person who comes to work with swine flu will infect 10% of coworkers, such efforts may be good for business.

Companies from health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. to beverage can maker Ball Corp. are arranging for employees with flu symptoms or sick family members to work from home where possible, holding fewer in-person meetings, even discouraging handshakes. And hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and tissues are available at every turn as employers make keeping workers healthy their first line of defense.

Employers are also teaching about hygiene, distributing information about the pandemic, telling folks to stay home if they get sick — generally with pay — and scrapping the required doctor’s note. Some companies have even distributed “wellness kits” with thermometers and face masks.

For more ideas on what business are doing to keep the workplace healthy, read the full article here.

Source: FOXNews

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