According to Sonic Health Plus (http://www.sonichealthplus.com.au/health-hub/flu/item/when-your-workplace-catches-the-flu), influenza costs the Australian economy approximately $35 billion annually. The source also says that an individual business can lose up to $1,300 ‘for each week an employee is bedridden,’ and that figure only applies to one employee’s sick leave. Needless to say, a workplace outbreak of the flu can cost your business a massive amount of money each year.
The question, then, is what you can do to prevent influenza and other illnesses from circulating through your entire workforce. Promoting a germ-free workplace is something that plenty of companies would like to do, but is it a realistic goal? Read on for five practices your business can adopt to establish a tradition of wellness at work.
Tips for Creating a Healthier Workplace
The first thing you should do to create a healthier workplace is to establish a corporate flu vaccination program. Flu shots provide immunity to the year’s most common types of influenza strains, thereby drastically reducing a person’s likelihood of catching the virus. By having most or all of your employees get the vaccine, you can save tens of thousands of dollars and weeks of productivity. The best way to encourage business-wide vaccination is to bring the flu shots to the office. Vaxsmart, a mobile flu vaccinations service in Newcastle, Central Coast and Hunter Valley, can do just that. We set up a time to visit your office and vaccinate your employees. Our visit takes place during the workday, ensuring maximum convenience for you and your workers.
The effect of a flu vaccinations program in Central Coast or Hunter Valley can be massive. Say you have 30 employees. In an average flu season, it’s perfectly feasible that 20 of them could catch the flu and miss one week of work apiece. Based on the previously cited stats from Sonic Health Plus, those absences could cost your business $26,000. With company-wide vaccinations from Vaxsmart, between 70 and 90 percent of your workforce will escape flu season unscathed. Using the 30-employee office scenario once again, that shift in averages could conservatively save your office nearly $20,000.
Once you have a vaccinated office, you can take further precautions to fight the flu. Encouraging hand washing, in particular, is a great idea. Swap out air dryers in the bathroom with paper towels: the paper towels cost more, but are more hygienic. Make sure soap dispensers are always full and place signs in the bathroom reminding employees to wash their hands before returning to work. This strategy is used in the food service industry but is beneficial in other lines of work as well. Finally, place hand sanitizer dispensers at convenient spots around the office, to keep the clean-hand culture alive everywhere.
Are you interested in learning more about setting up a possible corporate flu vaccination program at your office? Call Vaxsmart today! We will walk you through the process, talk a bit about our credentials and get you booked for your office event. You can reach us on 0410 022176.