Flu/Pandemic Planning and Response

In the event of an influenza pandemic, employers can play a key role in protecting employees' health and safety as well as in limiting the impact on the economy and society. Human resources and total rewards professionals are often tasked with being involved in or spearheading flu/pandemic planning and response. Effects of influenza pandemics include employee absences, changes in patterns of commerce and interrupted supply and delivery schedules. Proper advance-planning will allow employers to better protect their employees and lessen the impact of a pandemic on their organization and more broadly on their communities.

WorldatWork has compiled a set of resources for HR and total rewards professionals for flu/pandemic planning and response, including:

  • Official U.S. flu/pandemic resources
  • Flu news and resources for businesses

We invite you look over the resources offered on this page to assist you in preparing for an influenza pandemic or similar type of pandemic.

This page is your portal to WorldatWork’s COVID-19 resources, plus strategies, tools, articles and other resources to help Total Rewards practitioners address business continuity during other healthcare emergencies and natural disasters.


WorldatWork Resources

WorldatWork Resources

Many Frontline Workers Feel Unprepared to Perform Their Jobs
October 7, 2020
Leveraging Data Solutions to Adapt an Evolving Rewards Strategy
October 6, 2020
Board Members Focused on Worker Safety, D&I Initiatives Going Forward
October 5, 2020
European Employers Embracing Some COVID Changes
September 30, 2020
Organizations Are Enhancing Their Well-Being Offerings
September 30, 2020
New Legal Landmines, Courtesy of COVID
September 29, 2020
UK Government Announces Emergency Jobs Scheme
September 28, 2020
Five Ways to Boost Remote Sales Productivity
September 25, 2020
Managing Pay in the World of Remote Working
September 24, 2020
Major Sales Compensation Changes Could Be on the Horizon
September 24, 2020
Career Development Declining Despite Employee Interest
September 23, 2020
Childcare Benefits Offerings Rising to Meet Employee Needs
September 23, 2020
Beyond Surviving: Five Ways to Improve the Workplace
September 18, 2020
Report: HR Professionals in Singapore Feeling Burden of Pandemic Stress
September 17, 2020
Most Organizations Targeting 2021 for a Return to Normal Operations
September 16, 2020
DOL Revises FFCRA Rules Concerning Health-Care Providers
September 15, 2020
Creating and Maintaining Engagement in the Face of Adversity
September 11, 2020
Human Capital Management and the Changing Nature of Work
September 10, 2020
DOL: Remote Learning Does Not Qualify for FFCRA Leave
September 9, 2020
Onsite Workers Feeling the Strain More Than Remote Employees
September 9, 2020
August Jobs Report: 1.4 Million New Jobs, But Concerns Remain
September 4, 2020
It's Up to You, New Work, New Work
September 3, 2020
The Rise of Remote Work and Its Impact on Compensation
September 3, 2020
Virginia Takes the Lead on Coronavirus Safety Standards
September 2, 2020
Workforce Transitions: Technology Can Blend the Best of Both Worlds
September 2, 2020
Skills Will Be the New Measure of Base Pay
August 28, 2020
Anytime, Anywhere: Preparing Your Employees for the Next Normal
August 27, 2020
Take Advantage of Workforce Management Tools for a Safe Return to Work
August 26, 2020
Employers Expanding Benefits and Communications About Them
August 26, 2020
Nurture Your Culture to Thrive Beyond a Pandemic
August 25, 2020
A New Lens: Rewards, Remote and Reskilling Through Disruption
August 21, 2020
Trading School Supply Lists for Flexibility, Agility, Compassion and Resilience
August 21, 2020
Legal Compliance in the Age of Remote Work
August 20, 2020
Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral and How to Handle It
August 19, 2020
Health-Care Costs a Moving Target, Large Employers Quickly Adopting Virtual Services
August 18, 2020
Most Sales Teams Won’t Reach Quotas in 2020
August 18, 2020
ESG Metrics Expected to Take Hold Over the Next 3 Years
August 17, 2020
The Choice to Lead
August 14, 2020
To Be or Not to Be at the Office?
August 14, 2020
Most Canadians Unwilling to Return to the Office Unless It’s Deemed Safe
August 12, 2020
Survey: CEOs Worldwide Predict Pandemic-Driven Changes Will Last
August 11, 2020
Poor Mental Health Continues to Trouble UK Workers
August 10, 2020
U.S. Economy Adds 1.8 Million Jobs in July
August 7, 2020
Cultivate Connections to Boost Your Remote Culture
August 6, 2020
Maintaining Employee Confidence During the Pandemic
August 5, 2020
Compliance Is Key to Ensure a Safe Return to Work
August 4, 2020
Study: Most Furloughed Workers to Return by 2021
August 4, 2020
Flexibility for Childcare Is a Priority for Most Organizations
August 3, 2020
Health Benefits Will Snag Center Stage Beyond 2020
July 31, 2020
Extra Time Off Improves Employee Experience and Morale
July 29, 2020
Lean on Four Time-Honored HR Tools for Well-Being
July 29, 2020
Remind Your Employees to Recharge During COVID-19
July 28, 2020
Building Resilience and Bouncing Back
July 24, 2020
Experts Discuss Exec Comp Options in the Wake of COVID-19
July 23, 2020
Most Companies Are Making Changes to Sellers’ Compensation
July 23, 2020
Combat COVID-Brain by Promoting Self-Care
July 22, 2020
Survey: Canadian Employers Are Short on Workers
July 22, 2020
2020 Open Enrollment During COVID-19
July 21, 2020
Future-Proof Your Recognition Programs for Flexibility
July 20, 2020
Broadening the Scope of Your Employee Stock Purchasing Plan
July 17, 2020
Four-Point Play: NBA CHRO Lays Out the New EVP
July 16, 2020
Reevaluating Total Rewards Strategies for the Growing Remote Workforce
July 16, 2020
Most UK Employers Succeeding in Supporting Remote Workers
July 15, 2020
Teach Your Employees How to Tap into Vision Telemedicine Benefits
July 14, 2020
Many Employers Invested in Reskilling Efforts Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
July 13, 2020
Distancing Together: Employees and Employers on the Path Back to Normal
July 10, 2020
Setting the Bar Higher for Agility After the Pandemic
July 9, 2020
How HR Is Using People Analytics to Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis
July 8, 2020
Make Your “New Normal” Workplace Compassionate
July 7, 2020
Avoid the Pitfalls When Returning Furloughed Employees to the Workplace
July 2, 2020
HR Pros Are the Unlikely Data Scientists in a Post-Pandemic World
July 1, 2020
DOL: Summer Camp Closures Qualify for FFCRA Leave
July 1, 2020
Traditional Paid Leave Plans Used at Half of U.S. Companies
June 23, 2020
Sales Compensation: What COVID-19 Found in the Shallows
June 18, 2020
Well-Being of ‘Deskless Workers’ Negatively Affected Amid Pandemic
June 17, 2020
Report: Employee Well-Being Is an Organizational Imperative
June 17, 2020
Three Clues to 2020 Performance Management
June 11, 2020
Questions Remain About Executive Incentives in 2020
June 11, 2020
Pandemic Could Cause Organization to Revamp Mobility Programs
June 10, 2020
Employers Faced with Many Total Rewards Challenges in COVID-19 Aftermath
June 10, 2020
U.S. Economy Rebounds in May, Adds 2.5 Million Jobs
June 5, 2020
Compensation Solutions for COVID-19 Talent Problems
June 4, 2020
Employer Approach to Teleworking a Mixed Bag Across the Globe
June 3, 2020
Employers Have Responded Well to Employees’ Needs During Pandemic
June 3, 2020
Report: Employee Confidence Has Stabilized
June 2, 2020
Most Organizations Plan to Return to Work by End of Summer
June 2, 2020
Companies Assisting to Feed the Hungry During COVID-19
May 29, 2020
Two Hearts that Beat as One: Sustainability and Disruption
May 29, 2020
Organizations Forced to Innovate with Summer Internships
May 29, 2020
Returning to the Workplace
May 28, 2020
The Importance of Acknowledging Mental Health Needs
May 27, 2020
Maximizing Productivity During Long-Term Remote Work
May 27, 2020
BEACH Companies Must Relearn How to Attract and Retain Talent
May 27, 2020
Organizations Prepared to Adjust Workplaces in Response to COVID-19
May 26, 2020
Latest Black Swan Event Demands Plan for Workforce Restructuring
May 22, 2020
This Is Not a Drill
May 22, 2020
COVID-19 Is Accelerating Organizations’ Investment in Technology
May 21, 2020
COVID-19 Return to Work: Wage & Hour Claims for Loss of Exempt Classification
May 21, 2020
Tips for Leaders of Remote Teams in Times of Crisis
May 20, 2020
DOL Broadens Overtime Rule for Commissioned Retail and Service Workers
May 20, 2020
CDC Provides Guidance for Reopening Businesses
May 20, 2020
Recent IRS Guidance Allows Employers Health-Care Flexibility, Retention Credit
May 19, 2020
What the World at Work Needs Now: A Spark of Momentum
May 15, 2020
Tech Companies Stand at the Forefront of ‘No Layoff’ Pledges
May 15, 2020
Five Ways COVID-19 Will Forever Change Work
May 15, 2020
Sales Compensation Reset: Best Revenue Recovery Solutions
May 14, 2020
COVID-19 Business Survival: Compensation Management Tools Are Key
May 14, 2020
Employers Should Prioritize Employee Well-Being During COVID-19
May 13, 2020
What HR Leaders Can Do Now to Prepare for a Post-COVID-19 World
May 13, 2020
Organizations Easing Employee Access to 401(k) Funds
May 12, 2020
The Perfect Trifecta: People, Planet and Profit
May 8, 2020
Employers Are Doing Their Best to Avoid Layoffs
May 8, 2020
COVID-19 Is Forcing Reskilling to Occur in Real Time
May 8, 2020
U.S. Economy Loses a Record 20.5 Million Jobs in April
May 8, 2020
EEOC Delays EEO Data Collections Due to COVID-19
May 7, 2020
Managing Virtual Employee Engagement During Crisis
May 6. 2020
A Successful Workplace Is Powered by a Strong Employee Experience
May 6, 2020
Rewards Strategies for Uncertain Times
May 5, 2020
Keeping Morale and Engagement Going as Work Goes Remote
May 5, 2020
Diving into Your Discomfort, Discourse and Divergence
May 1, 2020
Visa CEO Promises No COVID-19-Related Layoffs in 2020
May 1, 2020
Considerations for Tough Human Capital Decisions During COVID-19
April 30, 2020
COVID-19 Could Redefine Employee Engagement
April 30, 2020
Remote Work Policies Expected to Remain in Place Beyond COVID-19
April 29, 2020
Employers’ Play a Crucial Role in Easing Employee Retirement Concerns
April 28, 2020
Canada Tweaking Workers’ Compensation System in Response to COVID-19
April 27, 2020
The Difference of Different: Time to Double Down on D&I, Workplace Equity
April 24, 2020
Inside Marsh & McLennan’s Quick “No Layoffs” Response
April 24, 2020
Remote Work, Talent Sharing Could Expand Beyond COVID-19
April 24, 2020
Many Companies Still Moving Forward with Director Pay Plans
April 23, 2020
Sales Leaders Attempting to Save the Salesforce During COVID-19
April 23, 2020
Caregiving Benefits Come into Focus for Employers
April 22, 2020
Navigating Through Benefits Decisions in a COVID-19 World
April 22, 2020
COVID-19 Shakeup: Organizations Adjusting Sales Strategy
April 21, 2020
Proxy Advisors Issue Updated Guidelines Related to COVID-19 Fallout
April 17, 2020
Boom! Intrapreneurship and the Next Wrapping Paper
April 17, 2020
Responsible Executive Compensation During Times of Crisis
April 16, 2020
Experts Share Insights on the Best Rewards and Benefits Actions to Take During the Pandemic
April 16, 2020
Employers Attempting to Protect Employee Health and Well-Being During COVID-19
April 15, 2020
Staffing Firm Aquent Providing Paid Sick Leave to Gig Workers
April 15, 2020
UK Suspends Pay Data Reporting Amid COVID-19 Concerns
April 14, 2020
The Many Benefits of Keeping the World at Work
By Scott Cawood, WorldatWork (April 10, 2020)
Organizations Mitigating Impact to the Workforce Because of COVID-19
COVID-19 Employer Response Survey (April 9, 2020)
How to Be a Successful and Persuasive Communicator While Working Remotely
April 8, 2020
Pay Equity and Pandemics
April 9, 2020
The Stark Reality of Workforce Reductions Amid COVID-19
WorldatWork COVID-19 Quick Poll Results (Last updated April 27, 2020)
#KeepTheWorldatWork: Shining the Light on Employers Protecting Jobs
April 6, 2020
Compensation in Crisis: Practical Measures Organizations Can Take to Ensure Stability Amid COVID-19
April 6, 2020
Finding a Path Forward: Radical Care for Radical Moments
By Scott Cawood, WorldatWork (April 3, 2020)
What Employers Are Doing to Contend with COVID-19 — April 3
April 3, 2020
Quick Poll Results: How Organizations Are Handling Rewards and Hazard Pay Decisions in a COVID-19 World
April 3, 2020
COVID-19: Sales Departments Seek to Protect Sellers’ Incentive Pay
April 2, 2020
Coronavirus Could Transform the World of Work. Are Businesses Ready?
April 1, 2020
What Employers Need to Know About the COVID-19 Federal Paid Leave Acts
April 1, 2020
Engaging a Remote Workforce: What You Need to Know
March 31, 2020
Health Benefit Costs for U.S. Employers Likely to Significantly Increase
March 31, 2020
Triggers for Adaptive Leaders to Avoid
By Scott Cawood, WorldatWork (March 27, 2020)
What Employers Are Doing to Contend with COVID-19 - March 27
March 27, 2020
Pandemic Planning & Response Checklist: 7 Steps to Risk Assessment and Preparedness
March 26, 2020
Fit for Duty: ADA, FMLA and Discrimination Disputes in a COVID-19 World
March 25, 2020
Many Employers Have Moved to a Telework-Only Model
March 25, 2020
Organizations Are Tracking How COVID-19 Could Impact Exec Pay Practices
March 24, 2020
Most Organizations Planning to Pay Hourly Workers Infected with COVID-19
March 23, 2020
Reimagining the World at Work
By Scott Cawood, WorldatWork (March 20, 2020)
Weekly Roundup: What Employers Are Doing to Contend with COVID-19
March 20, 2020
Large Employers Broadening Support for Employees Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
March 20, 2020
U.S. Government Provides Exception for Remote I-9 Document Review
March 20, 2020
Senate Passes Coronavirus Package that Includes Paid Leave Mandate
March 18, 2020
Benefits Insider: Coronavirus Update
American Benefits Council (March 18, 2020)
IRS to Provide Temporary Relief for HDHPs Covering COVID-19 Health Services
March 18, 2020
COVID-19: Should You Protect Sellers' Pay?
March 18, 2020
How the Coronavirus Is Forcing Organizations to Better Prepare for the Future
March 16, 2020
What Employers Are Doing to Contend with COVID-19
March 13, 2020
Business Not as Usual: Time to Re-Evaluate Your Comp and Benefits Policies
March 12, 2020
Turbulent Times: Purpose, Certainty and Sustainability During COVID-19
March 9, 2020
A 10-Step Approach for Organizations Responding to Coronavirus
March 4, 2020
Multinational Employers and the Coronavirus Outbreak: What to Do
February 7, 2020
Protecting Your Most Important Asset During Disaster: Your Employees
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Pandemic Flu Guide for Individuals and Families
Business Continuity Planning for Illness Outbreak or Epidemic
Business Continuity Planning for Natural and Man-Made Disasters
White Paper
Business Continuity Planning During Flu Season
White Paper

External Resources

External Resources

How to Support Employees Who Are Caring for Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Employer Preparedness Toolkit – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares) Act: Understanding the Impact for U.S. Employers
American Benefits Council
Summary of Health Care and Leave-related Provisions in Coronavirus Response Legislation
Considerations for Your Total Rewards Strategy in Response to COVID-19
Baker McKenzie
COVID-19 Global Employer Guide
The impact of COVID-19 on state economies and homeowners
How to adapt Strategy, Motivate Performance, and Optimize Comp Spend through Periods of Change
Bright Horizons
Webinar: Understand why employers can’t ignore the child care shortage
COVID-19: Key Considerations for Employers
ClearBridge Compensation Group
Compensation Impact of Stimulus Bill
Compensation Advisory Partners (CAP)
COVID-19 Resource Center
Workforce strategies for post COVID-19 recovery The bridge from responding to the crisis to preparing to thrive in a new normal
Economic Research Institute
Whitepaper: Coronavirus Compensation Survey Results
Spot Survey of COVID-19 Compensation & Benefits Practices
Equity Methods
COVID-19 topics on equity compensation, the CARES Act, and similar issues
Structured Crisis Management, Enterprise Resilience and Planning for Recovery
Fisher Phillips
Comprehensive and Updated FAQs for Employers on the COVID-19 Coronavirus
Freelance Total Rewards Pte Ltd
Impact of COVID-19 on Rewards, Policies & Practices (Asia)
COVID-19 Compliance Guidebook -Employer Guide to Compliance Concerns Associated with COVID-19
Lead Your Employees Through the Emotional Side of COVID-19
Video: Managing a work at Home Team During COVID-19
Next Practices in Holistic Well-Being: The Performance Advantage
Kaiser Family Foundation
State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus
Korn Ferry
Rewards & Benefits – Global COVID-19 Survey Report
CARES Act: Implications for Employers
Mayer Brown
Managing HR Through COVID-19 A Practical Guide for Multinational Employers
Coronavirus Resources
What does the outbreak of the coronavirus mean for healthcare, retirement, and insurance?
Pay Governance: Advisory Services to Compensation Committees
Article: "Everything Should Be on the Table"
Pearl Meyer
How Are Boards Responding to COVID-19?
CARES Act: Implications for Travel, Transportation and Hospitality Companies
COVID-19 Rapid Response for Sales Organizations
SecureSheet is Assisting Clients During COVID
Semler Brossy
A Resource for Boards and Executives - Coronavirus and Executive Compensation
Resources and insights on what's next as the US economy reopens
Shearman & Sterling
COVID-19 Resource Center
Snell & Wilmer
COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Resource Hub
Varsity Tutors
Virtual Day School
Virgin Pulse
Work from Home Employee Engagement Playbook
Willis Towers Watson
Quick access to all of Willis Towers Watson's Coverage of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Insights and Research.
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COVID-19: A Checklist for Returning to Work

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