The Flu and the Workforce

"The Flu; on the Job"

With flu season rapidly approaching, it is vitally important for utilities to examine their pandemic planning procedures.  Utility managers, especially those that handle the world's resources need to be especially concerned with the maintenance of their operations in the event of a decreased workforce. 

The Department of labor is expecting up to 40% of the nation's workforce to be affected by this year's pandemic.  This will all together affect shipments of vital supplies if domestic and international commerce become infected. 

With a decrease workforce especially in public works programs, there are more chances of aspects that are important to the upkeep of the environment are overlooked.  The less eyes looking on to see if all procedures are being carried out properly, means the larger the margin of error becomes.

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