Is your company proactively addressing COVID-19 concerns?

An ounce of prevention saves a stitch in time.

The spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting operations around the globe. In events such as this outbreak, we must be proactive, monitor the situation and plan accordingly. Preparation and common sense — not panic, is always the best response to deal with global health concerns.

March 16, 2020 – In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, CANS Offices (Burnside & Sydney) will close at noon, until further notice. Our team is remotely connected and able to provide most services through our digital platforms.

Have you developed a plan to deal with COVID-19?

  • Stay healthy: practice good hygiene!
  • Understand what you’re dealing with.
  • Reduce your exposure.
  • Prepare for possible office closures and shutdowns.
    • Take some time to consider how you will accommodate for possible shut-downs at your place of work.
    • If working remotely is an option, ensure all work and information that can be shared on a cloud-based or remote-access system is uploaded in advance.
    • Prepare to use virtual meeting software and technology (Microsoft Teams, Slack, Skype) when and where possible.
  • Immediately conduct a supply chain audit.
    • Supply chain problems are likely to increase with spread and duration of the outbreak. Not only are materials becoming scarce as manufacturing in China and elsewhere are impacted, but they may become more expensive. Plan for possible price increases on supplies.
  • Communicate plans with your employees.
    • Outbreaks like COVID-19 can increase stress and uncertainty among your workforce. Let your employees know what to expect in the event of a voluntary or mandatory job shut down. The best way to avoid panic is to arm your workforce with information on how you will address the issue.

We’re monitoring the situation closely and will continue to share information when it’s available. For the most up-to-date information on the outbreak, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.