As workplaces gear up for a new year, and seek to draw a line under 2021, there is a sense of inevitability about the arrival of Omicron and what this will mean. Health officials are currently predicting that Omicron will overtake Delta as the predominant COVID-19 variant in New Zealand two to four weeks after an outbreak occurs.

We have seen the impact on workplaces in Australia and overseas countries where COVID-19 illnesses and the requirement to self isolate have resulted in severe staffing shortages paralysing businesses and industries.

Unfortunately it is a question of when, not if, Omicron will arrive. Therefore employers need to prepare now for what might occur.

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