8×8 Virtual Office Phone Service Enables Business Continuity Solution for Anticipated Workplace Effects of H1N1


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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 23, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As the H1N1 flu virus
continues to surface in cities and towns across the United States, officials
are encouraging businesses to examine their operations and construct a
strategy for maintaining business continuity in the face of a potentially
absent workforce. Bolstering telecommunications infrastructure with a hosted
IP (Internet Protocol) telephony solution like the 8×8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT)
Virtual Office business phone service is one way a company can maintain its
day to day operations even when employees are forced to remain home due to
office closings or school shutdowns.

On September 18, 2009, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released “It’s Not Flu
as Usual,” an H1N1 preparedness guide written to provide businesses of all
sizes with suggestions on how to keep employees healthy and maintain
business operations during the upcoming flu season.
“Absenteeism would be the central issue for businesses to wrestle with
during a pandemic,” said Ann Beauchesne, the Chamber’s vice president of
National Security and Emergency Preparedness. “Business leaders and managers
should focus on reducing the transmission of the H1N1 flu in the workplace

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