The more you look into it, staff health really is the difference between success and failure.
Yes, most of the time they’re doing OK, getting on with their jobs, keeping the wheels turning.
Except OK is not OK, is it?
OK is mediocre, ordinary, a non-competing nowhere.
Staff health for winners
You need them to be better. To be the champions. Winners at everything they do. To climb out of themselves and make you No 1.
But staff health is not where you start, is it? Not if you’re like most execs.
You’re thinking incentives and motivation. Going the extra mile, putting in more effort.
Rev them up enough and you can rule the world.
Sure, throw money at them and it’s possible. Bonuses, higher salaries, holiday expenses, the sky’s the limit.
Not good for the balance sheet though, without results to justify it. And stretching that far, staff see it for what it is – danger money.
The wellbeing imperative
Alright, so how about feelgood?
Easier on the balance sheet and makes you Mr Nice Guy.
Nice offices, comfortable furniture, soothing décor and a slew of extras for wellbeing. Gym membership, keep fit classes, weight-loss clinics, stop smoking groups, free medical check-ups, whatever shows you’re thinking of them.
Involvement would be good too. Get them to engage. Everybody’s in this together, sharing the road to a glorious destiny.
Nice thinking, but not about staff health is it?
More about souped-up performance. More commitment, longer hours, shorter weekends – the real price tag of the extra mile.
It’s the cliché of modern business. 18 hour days, always-on obsession, emails, social networks, the Internet – the non-stop work ethic.
No time for losers – or winners
Precisely where staff health takes a dive.
Because nobody, including you, can work without proper rest and downtime. To re-engage with family, friends and have a chance to be themselves. To feel what it is to be alive and free – away from the pressures of responsibility.
Eight hours a day is enough, mind and body need to recharge. Better than that, to unwind, relieve the tensions of the day – to relax, reset and reboot.
Without that balance, staff health quickly takes its toll.
Of course, nobody’s booking time off and taking to their bed. They’re not actually sick.
No, not actually – but partially.
Not enough sleep, they can’t concentrate so well. Tired and less resilient, fatigued bodies set them up for colds and flu. Rushed and missed meals make their systems glitch – gastric upsets, ulcers or worse.
Yes, they’re on deck and going for it, as committed as before. But focus is fuzzy, reactions are slowed, perceptions are blunted and reflexes not functioning.
Sure, they’re still going the extra mile. Except now it takes longer, because heads aren’t quite right. More effort is needed, more mistakes get made, more things have to get done twice. Inevitably, everything costs more money.
And so it goes, day after day – staff health slowing you down and costing you money.
Except it doesn’t LOOK like that, because that’s how it always is.
Your staff – always over-keen, overstretched, overindulged, overworked. While inside they’re stressed, worried, lacking confidence and not feeling very well.
They are your Ferrari and you’re racing them untuned. Clogged injectors, carboned up manifolds, electronics out of adjustment – and you expect them to win.
Overlook staff health, and you really are for the pits.
Which is why being unwell at work costs ten times more than being absent and in bed.
Your prize performers are off-song and you’re paying for under-delivery.
57.5 days a year most staff are like that – almost three working months. At their desks, but going through the motions. Partially sick but pretending not to be. Or brazenly sneezing and toughing it out.
Either way, robbing you a quarter of a year’s worth of their capability.
Except it’s you robbing yourself, not putting staff health to the fore.
But what if it wasn’t like that?
What if staff health was your No 1 priority – tuned and honed to top performance, ALL THE TIME?
For a start, you’d give them time. To be at ease and deliver their best, comfortably. No more stress, no more friction and relationships going south because there aren’t enough hours for care, consideration and patience.
No more physical illnesses either. They might all be a team and working on top of one another – but there’s no germs to spread, or lingering around. Any viruses or bacteria are eliminated after hours, by sterilising the place when everybody is relaxing.
Which is where staff health really starts paying dividends.
Feeling good and healthy, they really can be more revved up and committed. More bounce to the pounce – more capable of the extra mile, even inside normal business hours.
And guess what?
All about time
All it costs is time – which you were paying for anyway, remember those lost three months? Time, and a little effort making the place germ-free and safe – so your super-tuned thoroughbreds can perform without hazard.
Want more still?
Start thinking involvement and engagement all over again. And this time, watch it work.
About this blog
Back Off, Bacteria! is the blog of Hyper Hygiene Ltd, supplier of what we’re convinced is the most effective health protection system in the world. A fully mobile, all-automatic Hypersteriliser machine mists up workplaces with ionised hydrogen peroxide, spreading everywhere and eliminating all bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Hypersteriliser units are supplied to businesses and institutions across the UK, notably the haematology and other critical units at Salford Royal Hospital, Greater Manchester; Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital; South Warwickshire Hospital; Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital; and Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.
The Halo Hypersteriliser system achieves 6-log Sterility Assurance Level – 99.9999% of germs destroyed. It is the only EPA-registered dry mist fogging system – EPA No 84526-6. It is also EU Biocide Article 95 Compliant.
Originally posted on 1 February 2018 @ 2:54 pm