Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pandemic flu, absence rates and risk management

It now appears that the number of people off work due to coughs, colds and flu is three-times higher than normal for the time of year. What will happen when pandemic peaks? What if it comes back worse in the autumn?

What we do know is that many organisations risk management will be tested in the near future.

Over the last few years many people were disinterested in preparedness and tended to humour those of us were encouraged attention to the issue. I suspect this was, in part, due to the Year 2000 risk that never materialised. Hopefully next time people will look at the facts and assess the risks objectively.

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