You read that right. An extra £2,000. £2,088 to be exact.
Money you’re already paying out.
£522 of it in sick costs – actual time taken off work.
And a whopping £1,566 of it in “presenteeism” costs – people feeling ill, but dragging themselves into work anyway.
Sound familiar? We’ve all done it.
Too much work to be done, no-one to back us up. Or worried about still having a job if we don’t pitch.
Nothing but trouble
A major headache. And a major expense that quickly mounts up in winter months, when coughs and sniffles slow everybody down.
Because ordinary sick costs are easy enough to understand. Four days off on average for the UK. Amounting to £522 according to the CIPD – the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – in their annual survey Absence Management 2016.
Presenteeism though, is a bigger – and more worrying – issue entirely.
The CIPD reckon it costs DOUBLE ordinary sick expenses. An independent survey by Legal & General puts it higher, at THREE times the cost.
Across the pond, American estimates work on TEN times higher – allowing for stress and emotional issues.
The money-saving sidestep
Whatever, whatever. £2,000 a head is a lot of money – and a lot of it largely avoidable.
You read that right too. Avoidable.
Yes, it’s people getting sick but dragging themselves into work at half power. And yes, they make mistakes or forget things because their heads are like boiled knitting.
But these are all costs you can sidestep.
Sidestep by not letting staff get ill in the first place – at least, not in YOUR workplace.
Start by making the sick ones STAY HOME. No point letting them come in and infect everyone else. They’re not up to working anyway, so keep them out of it.
Next, protect the staff who are still on the job. Any one of them could have some kind of bug, maybe still at the incubation stage. Nip it in the bud, and the problem goes away.
Health protection first
Which is why health protection needs to be part of your regular routine.
Because the ordinary cleaning you already pay for doesn’t get rid of germs.
A few pounds extra though, and it can. By misting up the place with hydrogen peroxide and oxidising all viruses and bacteria to oblivion.
ALL germs in your workplace destroyed with 99.9999% efficiency – a Sterility Assurance Level of Log 6. Your whole workplace – sterile, safe and secure.
OK, it won’t save all of that £2,000 you’re already losing – you can’t protect staff OUTSIDE the workplace. But you can claw back a large chunk of it.
No germs in the air, on surfaces, or lurking in hidey-holes. And with a zero germ-threshold, less chance of cross-infection – even though we each of us carry our own germ cloud around with us wherever we go.
Invisible germs, invisible costs
Didn’t realise you were paying all that money?
They’re costs we can’t see, disguised as something else. Or simply accepted as a cost of doing business. If sometimes people don’t perform at their peak, we just have to live with it.
Uh, huh. Crazy to pay for “off-days” when you don’t have to. £2,000 a year is not chicken-feed.
But easily re-captured at the touch of a button – on the Hypersteriliser machine that makes your place safe in as little as 40 minutes.
Time to get some of your own back. Money in the bank you never had before. A major overhead trimmed back to reasonable size.
Presenteeism? Not on your watch. Your well-being package won’t allow it.
Step One is get rid of germs. Step Two is the feelgood.
And you can bankroll a lot on £2,000 a year.
Per person at that. You’re spoiling them.
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