Today at work we got a memo about a chicken pox outbreak.
I work in a large corporate environment and the company is located in multiple buildings in Toronto. We have a business continuity team and a disaster recovery team who advise us when there is something happening in the company or in the city that could impact our ability to manage the work we do.
These teams are important and provide great advice for things like the massive blackout a few years ago, working in the city during the G20 Summit, and what to do in the event of a large ice storm.
But chicken pox…is this really something we need a business continuity plan to get through? The memo told us what to look for, and advised people not to travel to the building where the outbreak occurred. There is talk about getting laptops for people so they can do work at home and not have to come to this frightening, contagious, life-threatening environment.
I was wondering why we would have this level of serious planning for something like chicken pox. I remember from days when my kids had it that by the time you see the spots, the person has already been able to infect others so the warning is probably too late to help anyone avoid catching it…and then I wonder how many people have been infected.
I read further on, and the note says there is one person who has reported having chicken pox.
ONE PERSON…really…and we need some type of emergency response? I guess the business continuity people wanted us to remember who they were.
Tomorrow, I’m thinking I’ll sit in a meeting and start scratching my arm and say to someone “I can’t believe how itchy I am, is this a bump on my arm?” May as well have a little fun with it!