4 tips for keeping employee sick days to a minimum

Late summer fun is still in full swing, so you’re probably not thinking about the cold and flu season and how it affects employee productivity just yet. But winter is just around the corner and along with it employees taking more sick days.

Studies show that the flu costs businesses approximately $7 billion each year and nearly 111 million work days lost. Keeping employees healthier with little steps will go a long way to keeping employee sick days to a minimum. Gear up now for this flu season by making sure your facility is germ-safe.

Studies show that the flu costs businesses approximately $7 billion each year and nearly 111 million work days lost.

  • Disinfect Regularly. Germs spread from people to people or from contact with infected surfaces. Cold and flu viruses are easy to kill, but only if disinfecting is done regularly and right. Educate staff about how germs spread and have disinfecting spray and wipes available for all personnel to use on their work surfaces.
  • Target high-touch surfaces. Doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, faucets, counters and phones are common virus-carrying surfaces and should be disinfected at least once a day.
  • Use products correctly. Don’t assume that cleaning products work immediately to kill germs. Read the label for how long the disinfectant needs to remain wet on the surface to properly kill pathogens.
  • Communicate now with your cleaning company. Contact your cleaning company now to ensure they are following the necessary steps to keep your facility germ-safe.

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