It’s nuts how much a business can be affected by one sick employee.
And It’s downright SHOCKING how one sick employee spreads their flu to the rest of the team.
On average, two additional employees will come down with the same symptoms, causing them to potentially miss days of work as well.
If you’re cringing at the thought of the lack of efficiency, the cost and the loss of business due to one, two or maybe even three employees missing work due to sick days, you’re not alone.
But, there is good news!
Providing a healthy workplace can turn things around for you and your business.
Motivated to create and maintain a healthy environment?
Read on to find out what you can do and the important role enlisting the help of a commercial cleaning company can play.
5 Things to keep your staff healthy this flu season
Follow these tips to reduce the sickness in your office.
1. Wipe down keyboards, phones, and other equipment daily.
Each employee should wipe down the keyboard, phone and mouse at their workstation daily with disinfectant wipes or a clean cloth and spray.
The phone contains 25,000 germs per square inch – YUCK!
Check out the germs that are living on your desk.
2. Install hand-sanitizer stations throughout the building.
Don’t forget about entrances and exits, as well as these important areas:
Break rooms, cafeterias and food courts.
3. Create a policy that sick people stay home.
Remember: They will infect at least two more people that they work with closely. So it’s better to keep one sick person home and away from other healthy individuals.
4. Clean carpets, tile and upholstery regularly, using a commercial cleaning company.
Carpets, tile and upholstery are hosts for bacteria, microbes and other irritants, which can weaken the immune system and make it easier to catch a “bug,” as well as being contributors to other major health issues.
5. Host an onsite flu shot clinic.
By getting a flu shot annually, the chances of illness can be reduced by as much as 60%.
In addition, you could have:
13%-44% fewer health care/provider visits.
18%-45% fewer lost workdays.
18%-28% fewer work days with reduced productivity.
Make it easy for your employees to get a flu shot by having a healthcare practitioner come to your location.
It takes very little effort to maintain a healthy work environment, and that makes the company more profitable because the employees are more productive.
And best of all, it creates a happy workplace.
We would like to hear your thoughts, what have you done to ward off the “sick-bugs” at your workplace?