The first in a series of insights and knowledge we’ve gathered during IBMC’s 26 years of experience.
THE FLU SEASON – HOW TO PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES
Sixty percent of office workers in the United States admit to attending work while sick with the flu, according to Staples, Inc.’s fifth annual flu season survey.
Survey facilitator Redshift Research polled 1,500 U.S. office workers and found that while the number of employees reporting to work sick has decreased for the first time in five years, many workers still feel they can’t take a sick day. Accordingly, 40 percent of respondents stated that there is too much going on at work to stay home, and 31 percent show up sick because they believe their boss appreciates their efforts.
Additionally, the study indicates that many office workers believe presenteeism—or the act of attending work while sick—is a larger issue than absenteeism. More than one-third of respondents (36 percent) stated that their personal productivity is less than 50 percent of their usual output when they go to work with the flu.*
OSHA has provided guidance on how to protect our employees during the flu season. Vaccination is the first line of defense.
Consider hosting a flu vaccination clinic in your workplace. Encourage sick workers to stay home. Review your policies for paid time off/sick leave and telecommunicating. Promote hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Keep your workplace clean.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a clean work environment. We at IBMC are aware of the tremendous impact the flu can have on your workplace and we are taking action. Our trained employees are using hospital grade disinfectants, such as Diversey Oxivir and QUAD 64 in commonly touched areas. These areas, seen below on the germ hot spot sheet include: doorknobs, light switches, handrails, elevator buttons, wall areas around toilets, etc.
As your partner, IBMC is always looking for ways to improve the work environment. What are your current cleaners doing? Organize your strategy before the flu seriously impacts your business.