U.S. Businesses Well Prepared for 2013 Flu Season Shows SHRM Survey

Feb 13, 2013

Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 13, 2013 – The current 2013 flu season is having no negative impact on overall business operations say 60 percent of HR professionals surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

The 2013 survey findings mark a significant improvement over 2009, when only one-third (33 percent) of HR professionals reported the flu had no negative impact on business operations.

Still, 36 percent of HR professionals do indicate a moderate negative impact on operations. Only four percent reported a large negative impact.

“The organizations having implemented a communication and prevention plan were less likely to report a negative operational impact due to flu,” said Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SPHR, and vice president of research at SHRM.

The survey shows that:

  • 85 percent of organizations are educating employees on flu prevention measures;
  • 82 percent of organizations are informing employees not to come to work with flu or cold-like symptoms; and
  • 68 percent are developing an employee communications strategy related to the flu.

Additional survey findings show that 93 percent of organizations are making hand sanitizer, other disinfectants, masks, and flu preventions readily available in the workplace.

A large majority (82 percent) of organizations are frequently disinfecting common areas in the workplace.

Seventy-seven percent of HR professionals say their organization is offering employees free seasonal flu vaccines.

Regarding business travel alternatives during fly season, 26 percent of organizations are implementing video or audio conferencing capabilities. Nine percent of organizations are restricting non-essential employee business travel.

To read the complete survey, click: http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/Business-Operations-During-the-Current-Flu-Season.aspx.

SHRM surveyed 467 HR professionals, randomly selected from its membership.

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About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 260,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at http://www.shrm.org.


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