The Coronavirus Disease, aka COVID-19, has likely begun to impact all of us in one way or another.

The NCAA just closed the tournaments for for March Madness fans… I cannot imagine what this year’s viewing experience is going to be with a quiet stadium! Universities across the country are either extending spring break, mandating all classes be held remotely, and/or closing campus all together.  Google has announced that all employees should be working remotely. My step-mom’s community choir in a rural North Carolina town has even started to see choir members withdrawing due to concerns.

As an employer, you are likely asking yourself: What do we do? We have customers to serve, but also have to take care of our workforce…. To be honest, there is no magic ball that will answer this question for you.

In our experience, this type of event requires you to continuously monitor the information as it comes in, work with your leadership team, and evaluate your next steps frequently.  We encourage you to consider including a few of your top performing employees from the floor or field to allow for their input and a connection to your greater workforce. Be sure to leverage facts and not speculation.

Here are a few links for you to reference:

Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) Resource Page & Guidance

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Coronovirus Pageunique CDC guidance for businesses & employers

World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Outbreak Page

Lastly, we have seasoned Human Resources and Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) professionals on-call and available to assist as you are working through this. 

E-mail: or call 832.497.2396 to speak with someone as soon as possible. 

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