Can Sickness Affect your Productivity?
- On October 15, 2019
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As an employer, you should care about the productivity of your employees. According to Workplace Safety and Prevention Services it can be estimated that around 40 billion USD are lost annually due to productivity losses, as a study done by Queens University showed that employees who went to work sick are twice as unproductive as those who stayed home.
Read on to find the three ways that we believe you can help keep your workforce healthy and productive.
Wash Your Hands!
If you are to post a sign reminding them employees to wash their hands, 72% of employees will wash their hands five or more times per day! That being said, 6 out of 10 people won’t wash their hands after coughing or sneezing into them! Make sure your employees are properly educated on hand washing and have access to disinfectant soaps is a key to your workplace remaining healthy!
Tell Sick Employees to Work from Home.
According to Stats Canada, employees across Canada take on average about 8 sick days per year, which is not a huge number. It is a kind thing to do, and they will appreciate it. PLUS, according to the study done by Queen’s university, they will be more productive at home anyways.
Disinfect Commonly Touched Surfaces.
This is something that we believe is commonly overlooked. Not only surfaces like desks, counter tops, and door handles, but also places you don’t think about. Coffee pot handles, food containers, water facet handles, copier/print stations, even elevator buttons. All of these surfaces need to be properly wiped down with a disinfectant wipe