COVID-19 information & resources
It's an exceptional event and likely wasn't on anyone's risk register so plans have been a little fluid. The information changes daily on #CoronaVirus although there are key resources and some consistent information available.
As we are UK based, these resources and information tools are focussed on the UK.
In particular, if you are not following them on Twitter: @WHO, @DrTedros (Director-General) are two that we already follow and would recommend.
In the UK, the government office with responsibility for the response to the virus is the Department of Health & Social Care, you can view their virus page here.
There are two pages that may be useful to be providing your employees
NHSUK/coronavirus has information about the virus and how to protect yourself.
There is also a 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.
Advice for Employers
With regards to how you handle things as an employer and HR department, CIPD and ACAS are your best bet to ensure that you are applying consistent and fair treatment to your employees:
ACAS page is available here and contains sound advice regarding the scenarios that may apply during this exceptional situation.
Wash your hands (and a bit of humour)
This cannot be emphasised enough and @Rob_Briner said it best on Twitter recently: Ordinary people doing ordinary things in a competent way.
It's amazing what a simple act can do and the impact it can have, not just on time but also on the number of people infected. There is an excellent video embedded in this tweet from @FryRSquared "This is our 2018 simulation of the difference that everyone washing their hands 5-10 times a day might make to the spread of a flu-like virus."
Basic but yes, it makes a difference to everyone.
#CoronaVirusChallenge is seeing people post catchy videos on ways to wash your hands
Here's the Vietnamese PSA song being highlighted on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (NB: this is a late night show and therefore may feature some swearing) along with the TikTok dance to match. It is very hard not to try your own version...
And we also have @DrAmirKhanGP with his own excellent TikTok video and demonstration
We'll keep posting updates here for you and you can always follow us on Twitter (@HR_Intel) for the latest and most up to date information.
p.s. We have been asked if HaRi-Bot can answer questions on CoronaVirus, Flexible Working, Sick Pay etc and yes it can. We've been adding training on the virus and are looking to enable the ability for companies to add their bespoke responses (as they already can for flexible working and sick pay etc).