According to Dr. Robert C. Chandler, an expert on organizational behavior and communication during human health crises, “When epidemics like H1N1 strike, companies are forced to re-assess their business continuity plans to ensure possible business impact is minimized or avoided all together. Preparedness and communication are the foundation to any effective plan. Given the widespread risk of H1N1, businesses with the ability to maintain communication via virtual face-to-face connectivity will undoubtedly come out ahead.”
So, how can visual communications help prevent workplace illness? Here are 5 ways:
- Minimize Business Travel – Whether you travel by planes, trains or automobiles, traveling puts you at increased risk to exposure to illness. HD video conferencing is a proven alternative that is just as good as being there, but doesn’t come with the added risk. It’s more cost-effective too.
- Maximize Teleworking Productivity – When you need to telework to prevent the spread of illness, or to take care of a sick loved one, being visually enabled with video conferencing helps maintain productivity by enabling face-to-face collaboration to keep you engaged while working from home.
- Minimize High Risk Exposure – Some businesses have instituted a 48 hour (the incubation period for the H1N1 virus) work from home policy for employees who simply couldn’t avoid air travel as a measure to minimize risk to the rest of the workforce. For those people, remote video conferencing solutions help them maintain business as usual.
- Highly Effective Crisis Communications -- In the event that your business needs to implement its business continuity plan, the most effective and reassuring method for communication is in-person. Video allows managers to deliver direction and important information face-to-face, when in-person isn’t possible.
- Meetings On-Demand – Video tools that support recording, archiving and streaming of video for playback at any time are essential for ensuring that key people stay informed, even when they can’t be there.
Can you think of other ways video helps prevent workplace illness? I’d like to hear your thoughts.