If your organization has invested into a technology which allows people to work remotely, you may be better positioned to deal with the flu season than those who haven’t. This is especially important in the face of the impending H1N1 pandemic.

To prevent the infection from spreading, we would ideally like to have everyone who exhibits the typical flu or cold symptoms to stay away from the office for as long as the symptoms persist. It is rarely attainable if people cannot be as (or, nearly as)  productive remotely as they are in the office. There is also this fallacy of guilt that makes them show up for work while coughing their lungs out and with fever.

If a telecommuting option is available, this is not a problem and with right policies in place, your organization may be able to minimize the impact.

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