This is definitely a new era we are living in. Many of us have been through emergency situations – either brought about by weather or financial situations. Very few of us have been through a situation that is affecting the entire world at the same time, at the same level of intensity. It’s a scary time. We don’t know what’s going to happen, and many of us are waiting to see what the government is going to mandate before making too many decisions – at least decisions that are more than a week or so out. But, even as I type, conferences are getting rescheduled, schools are getting called off for a week or more, larger cities are implementing curfews or asking restaurants and bars to either close all together or early. People all around the world are being asked to stay at home as much as possible, to flatten the curve. We are asked to think about the greater community because even if you and your immediate family aren’t affected by the virus, you may spread it to someone who can’t fight it as easily as you can.
Companies have always had a plan for what to do in an emergency. Most of the time, those plans focused on natural disasters that would only affect part of the country or world. They may have plans focused on what to do in financial emergencies (though the last recession showed that many companies weren’t all that prepared!)
Tonight (3/15), Jon & I hosted an impromptu chat focused on COVID-19. There seemed to be a need, a desire to gather the community together to show some support, share resources. We had already planned to talk about Emergency Preparedness, so it feels like a good transition from the specific preparation around the virus to the larger conversation around how to be ready. There are a lot of things out in the greater world that will affect the business and we all need to be ready. And HR plays a role in that preparation.
Join us on March 22, 7 pm ET on Twitter to talk about Emergency Preparation. Be sure to use #HRSocialHour so we can see your tweets!
- What’s in your glass?
- Does your company have a current plan for emergencies? How do you communicate it with employees?
- What changes have had been made to your plan due to COVID-19?
- How do you communicate with your employees during emergency situations?
- How has the recent pandemic changed how work is done in your organization?
- What’s the most bizarre question you’ve gotten from employees during emergency prepping?
- What can the #HRCommunity to do support you?