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The Coronavirus and The Employees: A Study from the Point of Human Resource Management

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H. H. D. N. P. Opatha

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
About H. H. D. N. P.
Senior Professor, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce
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A highly felt need of knowing specifically the impact of Coronavirus disease on employees from the point of Human Resource Management exists. Hence a conceptual attempt was made to find answers for four specific research questions addressing the meaning of Coronavirus disease and its characteristics, its hazardousness, its impact on employees, and identification of employees who are at greater risk. These research questions were answered by adopting a desk research strategy. The study yielded that Coronavirus disease 2019 is a deadly infectious disease which is shortly called COVID-19. It is a plague that can spread from an infected person-to-person, and spreading occurs between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); and via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is believed that patients are at their most contagious when they are most symptomatic, and some spread might be possible before people show symptoms. It is so hazardous that it can infect any person of any age living in any place in the world and subsequently cripple proper functioning of organizations of all sizes in all industries in all countries in the world. It has a tremendous negative impact on employees, and 15 specific fears were identified. The resultant stress was labeled as Stress By Corona (SBC). Employees who are at greater risk are health care, security force and police personnel.
How to Cite: Opatha, H.H.D.N.P., 2020. The Coronavirus and The Employees: A Study from the Point of Human Resource Management. Sri Lankan Journal of Human Resource Management, 10(1), pp.37–49. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljhrm.v10i1.5649
Published on 30 Jun 2020.
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