According to survey sponsored by Cintas Corporation, 84% of employees admit to reporting to work when ill and 45% don’t tell anyone of their condition.
A study taken in 2012 in the United Kingdom suggests that 30% of employees feel compelled to show up for work ill because of a “precarious economic climate” and job insecurity. This promotes the spreading of airborne illnesses and may actually reduce office efficiency and productivity, and in the UK study it was estimated that it costs businesses over $20 billion dollars.
The business community is well aware that staff well being directly impacts their profits. That is why more and more of our business clients look to us for ways to provide good clinical and sometimes even fitness experts for their workers.
Presenteeism = employees who are ill but go into work sick, possibly infecting others
Is this what you want in your workplace? Even a simple toothache can have wide reaching ramifications in an office. Teamlink HR knows that having a staff of healthy employees positively affects their job performance. Teamlink HR clients have a process in place that communicates a policy regarding working when ill. The policy is tailored to the need of the client business and is supported by a well-organized employee manual. At a minimum, encourage workers to use hand sanitizers to minimize the spread of infection; some of our clients have adopted unlimited sick days to insure a healthy office environment is maintained.
We recommend that you review your sick-days policy and consider whether it needs to be revised.