Yes, thousands. And thousands.
Not just in sick pay either. That necessary staying at home from some bug picked up at the office.
According to CIPD figures, most of us are absent only 6 days off a year – just over a working week.
Not cheap at around £522 per person on average – though that’s in the private sector. Public sector absenteeism balloons closer to double at £835 – across the board costing the country a whacking £29 billion a year.
Scary, but chickenfeed alongside the productivity loss of coming to work unwell.
Because according a GCC report validated against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Workplace Health and Productivity Questionnaire (HPQ), people who come to work unwell trigger costs of 10 times more.
Yes, that includes all of us, dragging ourselves into work unwell over 57.5 days a year. Almost THREE WORKING MONTHS of going through the motions, being less than we are. Sometimes even so low, a rookie could do our job better.
Which means we’re talking big number thousands. Because effectively everyone enjoys a full year’s salary, but only delivers nine months’ worth of full productivity. With staggering cost implications, as you can see on our calculator here.
Makes it worth doing something about it, doesn’t it?
Because if everybody’s only able to deliver nine months worth of full power, that’s a whole THIRD of their combined salaries that could be pumped into EXTRA productivity. Clobber the cause – and it’s yours FREE.
So how do you fix unwellness at work? Stop it happening in the first place.
OK, you can’t stop all of it. But you can prevent a major chunk.
Obviously some illnesses are picked up outside. With billions of germs and billions of people out there, we inevitably get unlucky sometimes.
Long term conditions are exceptions too. Back problems, muscular difficulties and afflictions like IBS might never go away. It’s tough on those who suffer with them, but they’re mostly adept at living with them. But it kinda rewrites the rules on those who insist on coming to work sick.
Clobbering common illnesses
It’s the short term minor jobbies that are most common. Like the adenovirus that recently knocked out the Queen for three weeks. Difficult to focus on anything when you’re coughing yourself dizzy with fatigue.
That’s right, infections. Colds, flu, tummy bugs, we all know them. And we all persuade ourselves we can handle them when we know we can’t. So we lie to ourselves and come to work anyway. Not really capable, way underproductive, and spreading our germs around all our colleagues.
That is, our own germs on top of all those already there. Because when was the last time our workplaces were treated to prevent them, if ever? And how effective was it beyond wiping the place down with bleach and hoping for the best?
Meanwhile our own desks harbour millions of germs that never even get thought about. So do all the objects that all of us expose ourselves to – lift buttons, keypads, touchscreens, light switches, door handles. It’s a wonder we’re only under-par for three working months.
Getting our own back
Yet germs we CAN do something about. But not with conventional rubbing and scrubbing. First it’s expensive and time-consuming, doing everything by hand. Second, it doesn’t reach everywhere, so the germs can easily come back. Ask anyone who’s had norovirus on a cruise ship.
But germs are everywhere. We even carry our own personal germ clouds around with us – both protective and benign – and most of the time we’re immune to them.
OK, so take ourselves out of the equation and do the deed when the workplace is empty and we’re all safely home. Take down the germs after hours.
And because germs are everywhere, whatever we do needs to reach everywhere. All the surfaces, all the nooks and crannies, underneath and behind things – and through the air itself, which is 80% of any room space.
The hydrogen peroxide takedown
Only one way to do that – with an airborne mist that actively spreads everywhere, forcing itself to disperse outwards. And having reached everywhere, it has to be effective too – taking down viruses and bacteria in the minimum contact time. More efficient than the several minutes that bleach needs.
All easier than you think with a Hypersteriliser.
Next morning, the team comes in – and the place is safe, sterile, secure. No germs to catch because there aren’t any. Plus the feelgood of being healthy and knowing it. Positive vibes and endorophins kicking in to motivate everyone out of their everyday inertia.
Which is not just saving thousands, its making them. Thousands and thousands more than you’re making now. And good business sense.
Because you’re not going to a let a bunch of germs get away with it, are you?
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