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Employers must plan for coronavirus without creating panic

Posted by Warwick Business School at 04 March 2020, 01:35 CET |
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Responding to Government warnings that one fifth of the UK workforce could be absent through illness at the peak of the coronavirus epidemic, Shainaz Firfiray, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at Warwick Business School, said:

"There is currently a lot of confusion among employers on how to cope with the coronavirus outbreak. Many are limiting work-related travel or cancelling scheduled business meetings.

"One of the biggest challenges for businesses is to prepare without creating panic. Workplaces should adopt a flexible approach to managing and supporting employees.

"The popularity of technology and more job autonomy means that there will be an increase in remote working, though this may not be suitable for some sectors and job categories.

"Even when organisations are able to utilise remote working policies, they will need to prepare employees who are unaccustomed to remote working to navigate the challenges involved.

"This might include creating support networks comprising of more experienced remote workers who can help these employees make a successful transition to this new work structure."

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