As the fall season unfolds, flu season comes to ahead, threatening the health, wellness, and productivity of your business. This flu season, better prepare your staff to reduce the number of employee absences and illnesses, while maintaining productivity. You know what they say – healthy employees are happy employees. We outline the best practices for reducing the spread of germs and bacteria as well as identify the harmful impact this illness has on workplace productivity.
According to OSHA, here are some of the top flu prevention tips:
The flu and other illnesses can greatly impact the overall productivity and wellness of the workplace. According to an article by FLU.GOV, each year, 111 workdays are lost, due to flu illnesses: this number translates into $7 billion in lost productivity and sick days. Not only does this statistic illustrate the staggering impact of the flu on employee absence, but it also indicates a substantial amount of time devoted to accommodating employee illnesses, negatively impacting the productivity of managers and supervisors. The Center for Disease Control estimates that one out of five Americans will suffer from the flu each season. A great deal of these citizens are members of the work force and having them absent will impact the productivity of the workplace.
There are several areas in the office that are particularly dirty, where bacteria and harmful germs can impact the health of employees. According to a New York Daily News article, Kimberly-Clarke Professional conducted a study in which they identified the dirtiest places in the office. In order to measure the amount of germs found in each place, the researchers used a device to identify the Adenosine Triphosphate, or ATP, which is the molecule found in different types of yeast and mold cells, For readings of 100 or more: this indicates that the space should be cleaned; on the other hand, readings of 300 or greater indicate a serious contamination issue. Here are some of the most popular and contaminated areas in the office that had a reading of 300 ATP or more:
Here’s a sample of places with a reading of 100 ATP or more:
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