HIV in the workplace and the social responsibility of companies
With a high infection rate in South Africa, it's inevitable that infected employees will carry the virus into workplaces.
There are laws that protect employees with HIV from discrimination. It's very important you create and implement effective HIV policies and programmes in the workplace. This is according to a recent IOL
article on the matter.
By doing this, you can be better prepared to deal with HIV/AIDS in the workplace, if anything serious happens, such as the virus spreading through your employees or by them passing away as a result of the virus.
What can you do in the battle against HIV?
In doing something about HIV in the workplace, there are 4 simple TIPS
which you can follow.
You can show your support towards your employees by providing:
1. HIV Counselling;
. HIV Education efforts;
3. Awareness posters; and
4. Voluntary Testing; etc.
This can ensure that a truly unified effort, throughout the country, as well as the world, can take place.
This is a social responsibility which employers simply must show support towards. And as an employer, you need to be proactive and creative in finding solutions to the problem.
Scania South Africa,
an automotive company, is a classic example of this proactive approach towards HIV. They recently won an international award for their HIV Prevention and HIV-awareness programme.
So if you haven't started implementing an HIV programme already, acknowledge the global effort behind World AIDS Day by kick starting your business into becoming more proactive in the fight against HIV and AIDS.