It’s called making the impossible possible. Extra staff at no extra cost. People you already know and trust. Already familiar with how you work and committed to it.
Even better, they’re your EXISTING staff, already in place and going for it. The difference is, they’re available to you full time – beyond the regular hours they serve at the moment.
Your best assets – used to the full
Yes, you’re already paying them – so yes, they’re already in your budget.
It’s just that now – without it costing you a bean more – those same staff can deliver much greater value for money. Specifically, another third of their time. The third you’re not currently getting because they’re off sick, or struggling with an unwell feeling at their desks.
Six days a year is the average time staff are absent because they’re sick.
But every year for ten times longer than that – in what the HR people call “presenteeism” – they’re all at work struggling with anything from a cold to a major tummy upset. There’s a lot of work on, but they can’t take hands off. Or maybe they’re worried about job security.
Whatever it is, they’re determined to be above it. So they drag themselves into work and force themselves. Feeling grim but ignoring it. Trying to do their job as if nothing is wrong. And that’s how it is for around 60 days a year – three whole working months.
Trouble is though, it’s hard to give 100% when you’re not well. When your head aches or your insides are in knots, 75% might nearer the mark – or often, even less. Concentration is a battle, so things take twice as long. And at less than full attention, quality inevitably takes a dip.
Less than 100%
Reality is, like that your staff are less than themselves. They might be reassuringly at their desks, but they’re not on full song. You’re paying for 100%, but through no fault of theirs, you’re getting 75%. And this is most likely happening for 60 days a year.
Which means out of 250-odd working days a year, you’re only getting 190. Less another 6 for actual days sick in bed, and that’s down to 184. But we’re all so used to carrying on when things aren’t perfect, that we’ve all got used it. It’s a cost of doing business.
It’s an invisible cost too. So it never shows up on our radar. There’s no “unwell offset” for under-performing productivity – no way to measure a pounding migraine against job expectations. It still costs money though – even if we can’t see it.
Money that’s paid for in time.
Tick, tick – time is money
So you have this high-powered IT expert working flat-out on meeting a quote deadline. And running to the loo every ten minutes, because last night’s takeaway chicken tikka was off. No way that job will be finished by tonight – or maybe even tomorrow night. Just grind your teeth and take it.
Which is how you’re already paying a massive presenteeism bill without even being aware of it.
Normally, things go quick and the team is very efficient. Get somebody off-colour though – and things take so incredibly LONG. Then worse, because they impact others, the delays snowball.
All of a sudden, a two day job takes two weeks. With all the unwanted knock-on effects. Other work displaced, late finishing penalties, sagging customer confidence.
Then colleagues of our IT expert get the runs too. Rushing back to the keyboard without washing hands. Raging e.coli all over the Shift key. Suddenly it’s not one IT expert running to the loo, it’s three. But all doggedly staying at their desks because they’re pros and committed to the job.
So two weeks drags to six.
Assets at risk
Sure, MOST OF THE TIME staff are up and running, everything hunky-dory – the 100% you pay for. But a whole extra third of their time could be 100% too.
250 days instead of 184.
If only they weren’t feeling like death warmed up. If only they weren’t unwell at work. If only they were protected from germs that cause illness in the workplace.
Lurking viruses and bacteria not removed by normal cleaning. Clinging to documents, on light switches, door handles, touchscreens and phones. Floating through the air, which is most of any room space. Behind cupboards and servers and photocopiers. In coils of wire, cracks and crevices.
The kind of places that normal cleaning cannot reach. The kind of germ-kill that normal cleaning cannot deliver. Concentrated bleach everywhere soon does people’s heads in.
All of which can be fixed right now with a Hypersteriliser – fully automatic sterilising of your whole workplace area so all germs are eliminated.
Complimenting your normal cleaning, a superfine mist of hydrogen peroxide disperses everywhere, oxidising germs to nothing. In 40 minutes, your place is sterile. No chance to feel unwell because there are no germs to catch.
Sniff the air. All smells – the sign of viruses or bacteria at work – should be gone.
Check mould. Most places have at least some. See how it’s no longer pitch black, but grey. How it brushes off easily now it’s dead.
Check your calendar. With everybody at full strength, jobs should sail through. No delays, no set-backs, your team of pros can deliver at 100% productivity.
With maybe a little plus, too.
Real health protection
Since they know you sterilise the place for their safety, their commitment is even stronger. They’re feeling well and healthy, it easier to go the extra mile. Full of beans, their job is FUN. It’s great to be alive, let’s go for it!
Of course, not all of them might feel like that. So you might not always get 100%. Some unwell feelings are long-term conditions beyond your control. Accidents, muscular pain, asthma and sensitive tummies all take their toll.
And not all germs originate in the workplace. It’s a big world out there, full of dodgy places and experiences. But at least if somebody brings in something, your hydrogen peroxide treatment will reduce it to nothing.
Plus look at the costs you avoid when unwell people make things go wrong.
Which makes staff extra healthy, extra safe, extra enthusiastic – and all for free.
Better than the £6,264 you would be losing on each of them otherwise (see last week’s blog).
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