Employers Can Swat Zika Concerns with Education Push

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The Zika virus may cause fear in your employees, but educating them and taking preventative measures is key in protecting the workforce while keeping employees calm.  Photo credit: Ilmicrofono Oggiono

As news of the Zika virus spreads, so too are the concerns of employers whose employees travel for work internationally as well as domestically or who may be working in high-risk jobs.

Employers should educate themselves and their employees regarding the virus through information provided by organizations including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the World Health Organization, said Suzanne Fahl, HR editor at ThinkHR.

“There is so much fear in that four-letter word ‘Zika’ and there’s so much lack of knowledge,” Fahl said. “The Zika virus is really not that scary. In fact, it’s less intimidating than the common flu.”

Still, employers should take the virus seriously. Rather than allowing fear to shape their decisions, take the time to educate employees on preventative measures and on the symptoms, Fahl said.
Read more at Workforce.com.

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