Going Viral

by Deborah Z Mark

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This morning, a fellow worker asked if I’d had my flu shot yet.

Um, no…..not yet.

But I’ve been thinking about it.  And I’ve been meaning to get around to it.

It’s not just the season of cool days, sweaters and football that is upon us.

It’s flu season.

Whaaaaat????  Already?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that the flu costs employers approximately $7 billion in lost productivity and sick days every year.  Is your company one of those affected?

Prevention

As my grandma used to say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Remind your employees to follow the CDC’s good health habits, including:

  • hand washing
  • avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in common areas
  • staying home when sick

As an employer, you are not allowed to make flu shots mandatory.  But you may host an on-site flu shot clinic or participate in a voucher program allowing your staff to be vaccinated at a local pharmacy.

Plan B

If you haven’t already implemented a cross-training program, now would be a good time.  Be sure to have a backup plan in place when employees call out sick.  Often, the employees who show up to work sick are responsible people who don’t want to place extra burdens on other workers.  Be prepared, so they (and you) don’t have to worry that important tasks will be delayed or not completed when they are out of the office.

Survive the flu season.

And make sure your business continues to function well.

Call managestaff today for help implementing PTO policies, insurance benefits and wellness programs for your company.

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