Co. Dublin, Ireland — 20 Aug. 2009 — A recent workplace survey of both employers and employees carried out by RecruitIreland.com indicates that the majority of Irish employers are prepared for a worsening of the Swine Flu Pandemic.
The key findings of the survey are as follows;
• Over 67% of Irish employers have implemented or are in the process of implementing work measures to deal with the pandemic• Employees, however, are not aware of the measures that their employers are taking with just 39% of respondents indicating that their employers have taken any steps at all.
• 50% of employers expect to see an increase in sickness absence while 45% are unsure what to expect
• Overall, employees themselves are not worried about the impact of swine flu with over 70% indicating that although they are aware that they may catch the virus they are not overly concerne.
RecruitIreland.com undertook an online survey by 388 employers during week commencing 3rd August 2009 and at the same time 431 employees completed a similar survey.
Recruit Ireland reports that the actions being taken by companies include cross-training to cover the work of possible absentees through to the introduction of hand washing and hygiene facilities.They also report that sickness policies have been reviewed and in some cases business travel and face to face meetings are being discouraged.
What clearly isn’t in place however is a communication plan with the reporting that only 39% of employees being aware that their company is taking acion.
What actions are you taking to prepare for an increase in Swine Flu this autumn?