COVID-19: IISc researchers develop workplace readiness indicator

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Team Careers360 | Jun 17, 2020 - 11:50 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, have developed an online self-assessment tool for organisations to assess their level of preparedness and critical risk areas.

The assessment tool will help organisations plan and establish “pandemic specific policies, procedures and necessary management practices,” the statement from the institute said.

The tool prepared in collaboration with Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) is a part of research efforts at the new Centre for Networked Intelligence (CNI) established at IISc.

“The tool not only scores an organisation’s readiness but also provides some targeted suggestions if specific weaknesses are identified,” says Nihesh Rathod, a Cisco-IISc PhD scholar at the department of electrical communication engineering, IISc, who helped develop the tool.

The statement further says that the tool is simple and easy to use as the organisation can enter relevant information about their workplace and their current level of operation.

The readiness is calculated using ten specific indices, each with a maximum score of 100.

The parameters include infrastructure, precautions, outreach, employee interactions, transport, details of eateries, hygiene and sanitation.

“Once enough organisations use the tool, they can see where they stand among other organisations of the same kind. Such a comparison may induce organisations to be proactive and take more positive steps towards mitigating the pandemic,” said project lead Rajesh Sundaresan, professor, department of electrical communication engineering, IISc.

“Organisations will need to take a holistic approach to restart. Emerging from the lockdown, companies and workplaces will need to be more vigilant about health and increase their demands on safety,” added Manoj Rajan, commissioner, KSDMA.

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