Once upon a time, you could let staff look after themselves.
It was their life, their wellbeing.
As long as they were safe while working for you, what they got up on their own time was their own business.
Not any more.
Rapidly accelerating antibiotics failure makes it your business now.
And super-urgent too.
Invisible health issue
You’ve heard of superbugs?
They’re the rocketing number of dangerous bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. Whatever we throw at them, nothing works.
Either medics battle with second-best alternatives, or the body has to fight the illness itself.
Which means, all of a sudden, we no longer have the safety net we used to have.
If we get ill, we get ill – with no miracle drugs to pull us out of it.
Kinda vital from a business angle.
If a staff member goes down with ANYTHING it could be life-threatening.
A paper cut from a document? Blood poisoning could lead to sepsis and possibly death in a week.
So it’s not just a gap in your professional team, or under-powered service that you’re looking at.
It’s the permanent loss of a member of staff – and the whole heart-breaking rigmarole of replacing them.
Plus the threat that whatever they were suffering from could spread to everybody else.
OK, you can’t watch them 24/7.
But they’re your top-performing assets, and when the end of the day comes, they go down in the lift and home – away from your protection.
You do so much already, probably without thinking about it – the cost of doing business.
Making the place pleasant and inspirational to work in. Good lighting, nice décor, ergonomic furniture, intuitive IT systems, sound proofing, personal spaces, central heating, HEPA-filtered air con, security at the entrance – the whole nine yards.
Ah, but without the medical failsafe of antibiotics, there’s now an element missing.
Keeping your staff healthy and safe from harm. A bigger challenge than terrorism – because now, ALL businesses face it.
And we’re all up against it because nobody’s head is geared for a major hygiene threat.
Yes, everything is OK right now – as long as nothing happens.
But if you think about it, our day-to-day focus on fighting germs by keeping clean is pretty near non-existent.
Sure, everybody showers or bathes before coming to work – all washed and polished, ready for action.
We are the unwashed
But then it disappears off the radar. The day gets started and people get involved, nobody has time for washing hands or other niceties.
Not good for two reasons.
One – very few of us know it, but we all trail around a personal cloud of invisible bacteria, fungi, dead skin cells and other body detritus – on our skin, our clothes and in the air around us – our own individual microbiome.
Which of course includes whatever germ clouds we might be towing around as well – a streaming cold, flu, a tummy bug, or anything more serious.
Two – we know that germs are transmitted mostly via our hands, but very few of us do anything about it.
- 95% of people don’t wash their hands properly.
- 62% of men and 40% of women NEVER wash their hands after the loo.
- Only 12% of people wash their hands before eating.
Uh, huh. But that’s personal. What business is it of yours?
Because it’s the things those unhygienic members of staff touch that spread things around.
One of them had norovirus over the weekend?
So now their invisible paw-prints are all over the light switches, the lift call buttons, their keyboard, whatever phone they’ve used – and the sales proposal document currently sitting on your desk.
What goes around, comes around
Touch the pages, the rub your face in thought – chances are good you’ll catch their norovirus through the soft tissue round your eyes or mouth – and that’s you out of action.
But it doesn’t have to be norovirus. There’s other bugs out there, way more potent.
You might have a client breeze in straight off the plane from Mumbai, Nairobi or any one of a dozen places with local epidemics going on – direct by business class on hands unwashed because timing is tight.
And yes, the office gets cleaned and vacuumed every night. But the germs stay there – on the light switches and door handles – floating in the air, too small to be captured by the air-con’s HEPA filters – waiting to be swallowed or breathed in.
Health and hygiene, you’re covered
No germs, no chance of infection. Your duty of care is 100%.
And you make doubly sure by making hand wipes available on every desk as a reminder that hygiene is now a high priority.
Maybe you can’t protect your staff so well when they go home. But you can protect them while they’re working for you. Fewer absences. Fewer illnesses. Fewer threats to your bottom line.
Yes, antibiotic resistance is a snowballing disaster.
But it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.
Originally posted 2016-07-27 15:13:49.