It seems everyone is talking about it ‚Äì H1N1. Daycares, schools and companies of all sizes have planned how they‚Äôll keep a workforce together during a pandemic. Although reports of how severe it is vary widely, one thing is certain ‚Äì the virus is widespread. Even obsessive use of hand sanitizer didn‚Äôt spare me from its reach.
I have two children and by mid October, both of them had already suffered through it. Everyone worries about the physical discomfort of the flu, but in my case, my work suffered more than my children. Once you get the H1N1 diagnosis, people physically back away from you, and you‚Äôre not welcome in public for a minimum of five days ‚Äì if you‚Äôre lucky. For many of us, it is difficult to leave our jobs for a week with no preparation. So how do you keep your work momentum going?
Everyone knows about the conference call, and this product saved me – no need to contaminate co-workers while the kids watch yet another Disney movie while recuperating. PGi’s audio conferencing solutions work in the US and have great global coverage.
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I could still meet, collaborate, share PPT decks – and get my job done!
One last tip, when my sick patients needed attention and I couldn’t concentrate during a meeting, asking the host to record the audio and web meeting meant I could listen to a replay later.
With audio and web conferencing tools, I was able to ‚Äúreturn‚Äù to work after a week as if I had never left it. Has anyone else‚Äôs job been impacted by H1N1? How did you handle it?