Productivity in the shadow of a pandemic

While the world is still coming to grips with the social and economic impact of the novel coronavirus, business strategists have their hands full when it comes to devising continuity plans that project robust revenues and cash flows. Businesses around the world have been left scratching their heads on how to continue servicing clients in the wake of this worrisome deadly pandemic.

The highly infectious disease that originated in China, in November 2019, has spread globally to over 205 countries, including India. Presently, there is no specific treatment or vaccine for the disease. Hence, its only antidote is strict social distancing, personal hygiene and stern isolation of the people having foreign travel history and or contact with such a person.

With the government working hard to contain the spread of the virus, industry is doing its bit by getting employees to work from home, even if organizations don’t have fully fleshed out remote working or work from home policies just yet. Management across industries are intent on keeping their staff dispersed, yet fully primed to deliver results in these testing times. This policy of keeping employees safely secured at home is in line with well-established social distancing norms.

According to Dr. Narayan Mishra, Former Professor and former National President of Indian Chest Society & National College of Chest Physicians of India, “The entire world is working towards developing a curative drug and vaccine for Covid-19.  Social distancing, frequent hand washing, maintenance of good personal hygiene, and staying at home will save all of us from this deadly disease. Total lockdown is the best policy. Don’t panic if you have mild symptoms with no history of travel and or contact with Covid-19 patient. In case you develop severe symptoms visit a recognized center for further evaluation. At this juncture we need to fight this disease with utmost patience and courage by following the precautionary measures and strictly obeying the rules of the land.”

It always takes two to tango though, and just as organizations have shown largesse in allowing employees to get to work while safely ensconced in the safety of their homes, employees too have to act in a mature manner – staying at home sweet home is by no means a de facto holiday. Just as businesses have demonstrated care for their personnel, so too must employees keep the well-being of the enterprise at the forefront of their minds. It is a naturally symbiotic relationship that creates a win-win for all.

So stay home and stay safe, by all means. But also remember to stay productive in these challenging times.

[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]Contributor: Prof. Dr. Narayan Mishra

MD, FIAB, FNCCP, FICS, FIAMS, FIRD; FICAAI, FRCP (Glasgo) FCCP (USA). Former Prof & HOD Pulmonary Medicine. Former National President of Indian Chest Society & National College of Chest Physicians of India. [/box]


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