Never heard of germ tax? Not surprising.
It’s an invisible cost all businesses face without knowing.
25% of the salary value for every employee – from the boss right down to the tea boy.
You read that right. A quarter of everybody’s pay packet, blown on coping with germs.
Unwell at work costs a bomb
Actually, to be more accurate, it’s the cost of presenteeism. All those days of under-powered productivity. When staffers feel off colour with some bug or other, but force themselves to come to work anyway.
At their posts and doing their jobs. Or at least going through the motions. Not exactly easy when you’re feeling grim and concentrating is an effort.
Recognise the condition? We all know it. Not sick enough to stay home in bed, but a shadow of who we usually are. Lame ducks – and sometimes more liability than asset.
Because when your head is pounding or dizzy, keeping track of detail gets impossible. So does keeping your cool under pressure. Or responding at your best, talking to customers.
Which means errors happen. Things get missed or forgotten. Business opportunities slip, or fly out the door. Nobody’s fault, but inevitable when team members are not their 100% professional selves. Lots of money down the tubes.
All of us experience this. And more often than we might think.
60 days a year, according to a study of nearly 2,000 employees validated against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Workplace Health and Productivity. TEN TIMES MORE than the average 6 days a year most of us take off sick.
Hmm, 60 days. Three working months. A lot of productivity to lose. And yet every organisation does. Because we’re all human – and humans have ups and downs.
Which effectively means salaries get paid for a full year, but only deliver 9 months. 25% gets knocked off for ailments of some kind. The times when we struggle to get things done because germs prevent us from being fully capable. QUARTER OF A YEAR IN GERM TAX.
Not all germs, of course. Lots of us battle with non-infectious challenges as well. Back problems, muscle cramps, migraines, IBS. But germs are the major chunk.
And germs are the issue we can do something about.
Effective germ tax avoidance
Like take them down completely in our workplaces. Eliminate all viruses and bacteria. Oxidise them to nothing – on surfaces and in the air. Safe, secure and sterile.
Easy as pie with a Hypersteriliser. A nifty wheelie-bin sized automatic unit that mists up workplaces with ionised hydrogen peroxide after everyone’s gone home for the night. Force-spread by electrostatic charge, the stuff disperses everywhere. Including deep into cracks and fissures where ordinary cleaning can’t.
It takes about 40 minutes for the stuff to work in the average room. To find every germ cell and rip it apart, which is what oxidising does. Every germ cell down to 1 in a million that is. 99.9999% germ-free – a 6-log Sterility Assurance Level.
And with no germs around, there’s no chance for people to get ill. Not in the workplace at least. Though they can bring germs in with them from outside – because all of us trail around our own personal germ cloud.
But with a lower germ threshold, starting from zero every morning, there’s less chance of germs circulating from one to another. Or being stirred up in the air-con.
All OK with HMRC too
No germs, no germ tax.
And productivity is restored to 100% – see our calculator here.
It’s the ultimate tax dodge – ahem, legal tax avoidance. And don’t worry, most salaries have already passed through HMRC, so you’re laughing.
Can you honestly afford not to cash in on it?
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Originally posted 2017-01-11 14:28:59.